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Borough Care Residents Get Out And About With Oomph!

By | Care Home, Out and about

We are now partnering with Borough Care, the largest not for profit provider of care for older people in Stockport, to provide its residents with more day trips out to destinations further afield. Borough Care will work with us to offer residents regular visits to places of interest.

Each of Borough Care’s eleven homes will participate in one Oomph! trip each month. Recent trips have included a day at the seaside in Blackpool, a chance to see the animals at Chester Zoo and a visit to Knowsley Safari Park.

Commenting on the Oomph! partnership, Sophie Gardiner, Area Support at Borough Care, says: “At Borough Care, we believe people should continue to do the things they love and that a person’s life shouldn’t come to a standstill when they move to a care home. We are committed to providing a wide range of activities, to ensure our residents live an enriched life and are able to participate in everything they wish. The link up with Oomph! offers people the chance to get out and about in a safe environment.”

Matt Hamblin, Senior Business Manager at Oomph!, says: “We are excited to partner with Borough Care, to ensure that all residents live a full life for life. Research shows there are proven health and wellbeing benefits of continuing to get outdoors as you get older so we are delighted to be able to provide this service for Borough Care residents.”

The health and wellbeing benefits to Borough Care residents participating in the Oomph! trips include: the excitement of doing something different; the opportunity to reminisce by revisiting places they may not have visited for many years; improving relationships with fellow residents through shared experiences; and spending more time outdoors in the fresh air, which is beneficial to both a person’s physical and mental health.

Mayflower care homes given some Oomph! with new wellbeing partnership!

By | Care Home

We are partnering with Mayflower Care Communities, an award winning UK Care Group, to deliver awesome exercise classes and creative activities for their residents.

Taking a whole-home approach to activities, staff in Mayflower care homes have been trained in Oomph!’s Wellbeing Leadership programme. This will ensure that they are equipped with everything they need to create and sustain a person-centred plan of varied exercise and activities that residents love. The training is tailored to each home, and focuses on meeting and exceeding regulator requirements.

The programme also includes a series of skills workshops, including Oomph! Music, which has been developed by experienced music therapist, Stuart Wood MBE PhD, in partnership with Oomph!. The workshops aim to bring music therapy to a range of different abilities and provide residents and staff the opportunity to try something new, or rediscover lost passions. Residents will soon be playing fun and engaging musical games, and will have the opportunity to join in with choir groups created as a result of the workshops. Further workshops will focus on relaxation, nature and sport.

Helen Maiello, Chief Executive Officer of Mayflower, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Oomph on developing our range of activities for those who live with us. Keeping active and healthy, and having fun, are all well-known benefits for a long and healthy life and we want to ensure that our residents are enabled to do this. With Oomph’s expertise and support, I am confident that we will achieve this.

Ben Allen, Oomph’s CEO and Founder, said: “Oomph! are excited to be working with the Mayflower Care Communities team. It is a privilege to be an integral part of the organisation’s wellbeing provision. We will work in partnership to drive innovation and participation across the two homes and are excited to be adding additional fun and engagement to resident activities!”

 

Mayflower Care Communities have two homes currently open, Pine Martin Grange in Wareham and Bramshott Grange in Liphook

Kingsley puts some Oomph! into its care homes with new wellbeing partnership!

By | Care Home

We have partnered with Kingsley Healthcare, an award winning, UK Care Group, to deliver awesome exercise classes and creative activities for their residents.

Following a pilot in two homes last November, the wellbeing training is now being rolled out across a further 11 homes in Norfolk, Suffolk, Greater Manchester and Cheshire and Dorset.

Taking a whole-home approach to activities, staff have been trained in our Wellbeing Leadership programme. This will ensure that they are equipped with everything they need to create and sustain a person-centred plan of varied exercise and activities that residents love. The training is tailored to each home, and focuses on meeting and exceeding regulator requirements.

The programme also includes a series of skills workshops, including Oomph! Sport, which has been designed in partnership with key National sports. These partnerships aim to make exercise as engaging as possible, to encourage inactive residents to take up physical activity and try something new – or rediscover lost passions. Further workshops will focus on relaxation, music and nature.

Residents will soon be able to play clock cricket, slipper soccer and armchair volleyball – sports especially adapted to fit the needs and abilities of residents, with the new content ensuring that exercise sessions are continually fresh and exciting.

Kingsley operations director Debbie McGovern said: “We understand how important it is to make daily life in our homes fun and stimulating for the residents.

“As a company we are always keen to invest in the latest technology and training.”

Ben Allen, Oomph’s CEO and Founder, said: “Oomph! are delighted to be working with the Kingsley team. It is a privilege to be an integral part of the organisation’s wellbeing provision. We will work in partnership to drive innovation and participation across all homes and are excited to be adding additional fun and engagement to resident activities!”

Orchard Care Homes puts some Oomph! into its care homes with innovative partnership!

By | Care Home

We are partnering with Orchard Care Homes, a leading UK care group, to deliver ‘awesome’ exercise classes and creative activities for residents, as well as engaging trips out.

A pilot project has been agreed where 7 homes in the North East will embrace the exercise and activity training and 8 homes will now be running 2 trips out per month.

Taking a whole-home approach to activities, staff in 7 Orchard Care Homes have been trained in our Wellbeing Leadership programme. This will ensure that they are equipped with everything they need to create and sustain a person-centred plan of varied exercise and activities that residents love. The training is tailored to each home, and focuses on meeting and exceeding regulator requirements.

The programme also includes a series of skills workshops, including Oomph! Sport, which has been designed in partnership with key national sports. These partnerships aim to make exercise as engaging as possible, to encourage inactive residents to take up physical activity and try something new – or rediscover lost passions. Further workshops will focus on relaxation, music and nature.

Residents will soon be able to play clock cricket, slipper soccer and armchair volleyball – sports especially adapted to fit the needs and abilities of residents, with the new content ensuring that exercise sessions are continually fresh and exciting.

Additionally, engaging days out to a range of destinations will be run for 8 Orchard homes, with added value and variety to trip experiences created through partnerships with the National Trust and HQ Theatres.

The trips aim to connect residents to the people and places that matter most to them – Oomph! trips have previously included unexpected locations, such as gin distilleries, monkey sanctuaries and racing tracks. Getting out and about is an essential part of both mental and physical wellbeing, and Oomph! trips will provide stimulating and fun experiences for both residents and staff alike.

Tracey Tomlinson, Group Head of Sales and Marketing for Orchard Care Homes, says,  “We are really excited about working with Oomph! on an ongoing project to deliver quality activities within our care homes. A broad-reaching and engaging activity programme is one aspect at the heart of home life, and we are keen to see the enhanced positive impact that these additional activity sessions will have on our residents and those living and working within the home.”

Ben Allen, Oomph’s CEO and Founder, said: “Oomph! is delighted to be working with the Orchard Care Homes team. It is a privilege to be an integral part of the organisation’s activity provision. We share the same values and drive for innovation and are delighted to be adding additional fun and engagement to resident activities!”

Oomph! and Quantum Care get active in the community as Sport England Active Ageing initiative continues to grow…

By | Community

We are partnering with Quantum Care, a leading Hertfordshire Care Group, to train staff, volunteers and customers as part of a Sport England funding programme, which aims to get 27,000 over 55s from inactive to active within the next two years.

The partnership has been successfully launched, with 16 day care centres across Hertfordshire now able to deliver fun, regular exercise sessions, whilst also engaging the wider community. Every venue is completely committed to the partnership having hosted open house launches last week, to engage both participants and staff.

Attracting national news coverage, close collaboration between Oomph! and Quantum Care has already gained great interest and publicity from both The Telegraph and The Guardian.

The fun-first training incorporates strength, flexibility and coordination, with games such as Slipper Soccer, Armchair Volleyball and Clock Cricket – all adapted from traditional versions of the sports to make them accessible for people with a variety of needs and abilities, whilst retaining gameplay and fun!

Four National Governing bodies for sport have all inputted in the final training content with adapted sports from Volleyball England, British Orienteering, British weightlifting and Boccia to ensure content is flexible and agile to meet all interests.

Maria Ball, Chief Executive of Quantum Care, said: ”At Quantum Care we are always looking for new and exciting ways to encourage our day-centre members and residents to stay healthy, active and full of fun.  This is why we are so pleased to be partnering with Oomph! to deliver exciting and impactful exercise sessions for older people in our homes as well as in our local communities.”

David Terrace, Oomph’s Head of Community Partnerships, said: “Oomph! are excited to be working with the Quantum Care team. It is a privilege to be in partnership and support their wellbeing initiatives across key Hertfordshire venues. We are delighted to be adding additional fun and engagement to exercise sessions, and look forward to working together over the forthcoming months!”

Sport England Active Ageing kicks off in London as Oomph! and Notting Hill Genesis start new partnership

By | Community

We are partnering with Notting Hill Genesis, a leading housing association in the UK, to train staff, volunteers and customers as part of the Sport England funding programme, which aims to get 27,000 over 55s from inactive to active within the next two years. 

Our pioneering partnership enables three sheltered housing and two extra care venues across the South East to deliver fun, regular exercise sessions for customers, whilst also engaging the wider community.

The fun-first training incorporates strength, flexibility and coordination, with games such as Slipper Soccer, Armchair Volleyball and Clock Cricket – all adapted from traditional versions of the sports to make them accessible for people with a variety of needs and abilities, whilst retaining gameplay and fun!

Four national governing bodies for sport have all inputted in the final training content with adapted sports from Volleyball England, British Orienteering, British weightlifting and Boccia to ensure content is flexible and agile to meet all interests.

Linda Strong, Director of care services, said: “The fun and exciting activities organised by Oomph! will be of great benefit to our residents. We know that being more active improves the lives of our older residents and this project will help improve their mental and physical wellbeing. Bringing in the wider community to make the most of this training and introduce new people living in our schemes is the icing on the cake.”

David Terrace, Oomph’s Head of Community Partnerships, said: “Oomph! are excited to be working with the Notting Hill Genesis team. It is a privilege to be in partnership and support their wellbeing initiatives across key London communities. We are delighted to be adding additional fun and engagement to exercise sessions, and look forward to working together over the forthcoming months!”

Getting outdoors to tackle social isolation head on

By | Care Home, Out and about

This year, on the 21st April, Care Home Open Day will be held in thousands of homes across the country for the 6th year running.

The theme of this year is ‘Linking Communities’ and is meant to help homes build relationships with local people and organisations, and – whilst there are clearly benefits to be had by increasing the number of visitors to care homes – I hope that an equal outcome will be that residents of care homes across the country feel closer and better connected to the communities around them as result.

Since I started working in care homes 6 years ago, I have always been aware of the number of barriers faced when supporting residents to stay connected to the communities around their homes. The reasons for this isolation in care might be a lack of transport, fear of leaving a safe environment or more simply, a lack of knowledge of accessible places to go and things that can be done there.

A 2013 study called Greening Dementia found that, whilst only 20% of people living with dementia considered their condition to be a barrier to using outdoor spaces, 83% of care staff believed that dementia limited the person’s ability to do so. This suggests that we aren’t simply facing logistical barriers, but also the misperceptions of those directly delivering care. And so, it is important that we not only provide ways and means of getting out and about, but that we also have a responsibility to raise awareness as to why it’s so vital.

Research has showed that spending as little as 5 minutes in nature, sometimes referred to as ‘a dose of nature’, can be good for health and wellbeing, and – whilst most people would accept that staying indoors for extended periods of time is bad for your health – knowing some of the true benefits that come with adventuring away from of the care environment is something we should all be able to talk about. Benefits such as:

  • A chance for spontaneous social encounters that aren’t possible without leaving the four walls of the home.
  • Opportunities to reminisce by encountering places, smells or sounds that might not have been revisited in a long time.
  • Improved relationships within the home, through shared experiences and personal discoveries, leading to greater empathy through care.
  • Better orientation with nature and the seasons for those who struggle to remember specific times and dates.

Have a look to see if any homes in your area are opening their doors this weekend, and if you’ve already been invited to visit a home this Care Home Open Day, then make sure you return the favour! Let residents and staff know about other community events they could attend or offer to join them as a volunteer on their next outing away from the home.

For more information, please email benjamin@oomph-wellness.org

New Care adds Oomph! to its activities programmes

By | Care Home, Out and about

Fast growing care home operator, New Care, is adding extra ‘oomph’ to its already outstanding daily wellbeing and activities programmes.

The forward thinking care provider has teamed up with us to enhance mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. All New Care homes now have a number of specially trained in-house Oomphers who deliver the complete Oomph! programme for residents including exercise classes, one-to-one sessions and regular meaningful days out.

Offering many benefits including a reduction in isolation and improved social interaction, mental stimulation and physical mobility, the programme has been exceptionally well received and is now a firm favourite with residents in all homes, who look forward to the daily and weekly classes and exciting excursions.

Chief operating officer at New Care, Cath Fairhurst, commented: “Oomph! is all about making the residents happy and providing them with enjoyment and opportunities to socialise while promoting health and wellbeing. Our residents look forward to the Oomph! sessions and we usually have a full room for every class.

“We’ve even seen a huge difference in some residents who did not participate before we introduced Oomph!; it has significantly improved their quality of life and they are regulars at the classes and first to sign up for the days out which is great.”

A resident said: “Oomph! is wonderful, it’s something different every day so we never know what to expect. One day we’re dancing to music with scarves and pom poms and the next day we’re on a day trip to the seaside! It’s all thoroughly enjoyable, well organised and brings us all together for good fun.”

 

For more information, please email hello@oomph-wellness.org

Sports Governing Bodies Launch New Scheme To Beat Older Adult Inactivity And Loneliness With Fun And Games

By | Community

Oomph! are partnering with professional bodies for volleyball, weightlifting, orienteering and boccia to bring healthy competition to over 55s.

The national governing bodies for volleyball, weight lifting, orienteering and boccia are today launching revamped versions of their games to attract over 55s to sport thanks to a ground-breaking partnership with Oomph!.

We aim to tackle inactivity and loneliness with our national plan to get 27,000 older adults doing regular, fun exercise within two years. Training is already well underway for workers and volunteers in venues catering for independent older adults such as retirement villages and housing associations – equipping them with the skills, knowledge and adapted equipment to run sports classes with an element of healthy competition. Venues from Lancashire to Hertfordshire will start running modified sports classes this week.

All activities have been designed to be run by instructors, who will undergo comprehensive training from Oomph!, and without expensive regulation equipment and facilities. Volleyball England has approved a fabric covered inflatable ball and bunting in place of an official net; British Weight Lifting has designed resistance exercises using foam pool noodles and recommends the use of everyday objects such as water bottles as hand weights; British Orienteering is helping venues to create walking (or marching) courses which use post boxes and other local landmarks as checkpoints and Boccia England has taken the principles of a Paralympic sport and modified them for older adult settings, for example by suggesting the use of bean bags in place of specialist bowling balls. Other sports’ National Governing Bodies are now in discussions with Oomph! about versioning their games for this growing demographic.

Ben Allen, CEO of Oomph! said, “By ‘gamifying’ exercise for older adults we’re making it fun and sociable rather than functional. We already use sports rather than pure exercise to motivate previously reluctant participants to join our classes on a regular basis. However, this new combination of Oomph!’s expertise with the appeal and competitive edge of professional sports bodies, is game-changing.”

Peter Hart, CEO of British Orienteering commented, “At British Orienteering we are proud to be a sport that encompasses a wide age group, we have active members in their 90s, but working with Oomph! is the first time we have adapted many of our introductory activities to work with inactive older adults. It’s my belief that orienteering can offer older adults a fantastic mix of physical and mental exercise by adapting the challenge to suit their abilities.”

Gillian Harrison, Technical and Talent Coordinator at Volleyball England commented, “We are always keen for people to join the volleyball family because we know that everyone can get involved and benefit socially and physically – volleyball is the sport for everybody. Sitting Volleyball is one of the disciplines of volleyball which is already popular and a great chance for players with and without a disability to play together. So, we jumped at the chance to work with the experts at Oomph! to provide an adapted form of the game for the older age group. Their knowledge of how older adults could benefit from an active lifestyle made it easy to develop the concept of armchair volleyball.”

Zoe Metcalfe Head of Workforce at British Weight Lifting commented, “British Weight Lifting is delighted to partner with Oomph! on this exciting new initiative. This is the first time that weight lifting has been adapted to this age group and we have developed an innovative programme that is engaging and fun.”

Among the first providers to run Oomph! in the Community are Quantum, a retirement living provider, who are running the newly revamped sports classes in its daycare centres in Hertfordshire.

Maria Ball, CEO of Quantum Care commented, “At Quantum Care we are always looking for new and exciting ways to encourage our day-care users and residents to stay healthy, active and full of fun.  This is why we are so pleased to be partnering with Oomph! to train 48 members of the Quantum Care team to deliver exciting and impactful exercise sessions for older adults in Hertfordshire.

“Once our staff complete their training we will be offering exercise sessions across 16 care homes and will be encouraging the local community to join us in our efforts to help keep the people we care for, and the people of Hertfordshire, active and healthy”.

Sport England has put tackling inactivity at the heart of its strategy and launched the Active Ageing fund to tackle inactivity in the over 55s. Mike Diaper, Executive Director at Sport England said:

“Being active is one of the most important things people can do to maintain health and wellbeing as they age. We’re delighted to be supporting Oomph! with National Lottery funding to help get older adults to lead happier and heathier lives. We’ll be sharing learnings so successful approaches can be scaled-up or replicated across the country.”

 

Photo credit: Anson Court, Quantum Care

 

For more information on Oomph! in community settings, please email david@oomph-wellness.org

Sport England Active Ageing Initiative gains traction as Oomph! and Places for People get active in the community

By | Community

Oomph! are partnering with Places for People Living+, a leading specialist supported housing provider in the UK, to train staff, volunteers and customers.

This is part of the Sport England subsidised programme, which aims to get 27,000 over 55s from inactive to active within the next two years. The pioneering partnership enables 12 Living+ venues across the North West and South East to deliver fun, regular exercise sessions for customers, whilst also engaging the wider community.

The fun-first training incorporates strength, flexibility and coordination, with games such as Armchair Volleyball and Clock Cricket – all adapted from traditional versions of the sports to make them accessible for people with a variety of needs and abilities, whilst retaining gameplay and fun!

One Oomph! course attendee said “This course was so much fun and I hope other customers enjoy Oomph! as much as I do!”

Suzanne Porter, Living+ Services Manager for Later Life said “We are excited to be partnering with Oomph! as part of this initiative to help get more of our older customers active. We have thoroughly enjoyed the training so far and look forward to getting out into more of our communities to deliver a range of fun activities which improve the health and wellbeing of the people we support”.

Glenis Griffin, Living+ Housing and Wellbeing Advisor and instructor, said “Oomph! has already made such a difference to our customers, improving their mobility and fitness whilst having a great time. It makes my job so worthwhile when I hear our customers laugh and see the results the activities are having”.

Ben Allen, Oomph!’s CEO, said: “Oomph! are excited to be working with the Places for People Living+ team. It is a privilege to be a key partner and support their wellbeing initiatives across their communities. We are delighted to be adding additional fun and engagement to exercise sessions, and look forward to working together over the coming months!”

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