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Oomph! Annual Impact Report 2017/18

By Care Home, Community, Out and about

We’re delighted to release our brand new Oomph! Impact Report 2017/18. This year, we’ve achieved amazing scale, positively changing the impact of ageing for record numbers of older adults across the UK.

Here are some highlights from the report:

  • We have trained over 3,700 staff, and have delivered over 45,400 exercise classes
  • 100% of staff would recommend our training to a colleague
  • We have gone on 1925 trips, taking 8060 residents Out & About

You can read the full report here, for detailed information and some wonderful stories that bring the facts and stats to life.

A big thank you to all of our partners who have contributed to our success this year, we couldn’t have done it without you.

Roll on 2019!

Springhill Care Group teams up with wellbeing specialist

By Care Home

We’re partnering with Springhill Care, a leading UK Care Group, to provide engaging trips out for their residents.

Springhill Care Group, which operates three care homes across the UK, will work with us to implement a wellness project and deliver a range of activities for residents with a focus on positively changing the impact of ageing.

Employees at each home will attend development sessions which aims to enhance activity provision for residents, while an exercise leadership in care settings course, endorsed by Active IQ, will also be undertaken by Springhill’s lifestyle team to allow staff to run inclusive exercise sessions.

Donna Briggs, Managing Director at Springhill Care Group said: “Springhill aims to provide a life not just a service with a focus on enhancing the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing of our residents. Over the next few months, Springhill will start to implement a whole-home wellbeing culture which will see all of our staff getting involved in some way.

“We look forward to our residents feeling the benefits of our partnership with Oomph! as we work to further develop our person-centred service, complete with a range of fun activities.”

Matt Hamblin, Senior Business Manager at Oomph! said: “Our team of dedicated experts will work closely with the Springhill team to positively change the impact of ageing and provide innovative exercise and activity solutions, as well as a range of workshops and trips out.”

“Working with Springhill Care Group gives us the opportunity to enhance the lives of people living in care homes – no matter how old they are, we can ensure they live a full life, for life.”

Rising technology in the Care Sector: Challenges and Opportunities

By Care Home

Recently, at the Digital Healthcare show at Excel in London, Paul Burstow from Social Care Institute of Excellence held a thought provoking seminar focused on technology and how care homes need to develop to change with the times.

In the seminar, Paul highlighted that a recent report by The Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Health Foundation stated that, to remain in the same place with service provision, public spend on the care sector must increase from 1% to 1.5% by 2033. While this seems like a steep rise, countries such as the Netherlands, Germany, and Sweden already devote this much to health and social care.

You can empathise with providers, who are encouraged to innovate and provide an increasingly high level of service, whilst concurrently, funding is being cut – perhaps this is an issue that the upcoming green paper will look to address. However, there are clear cost savings to be made for providers, whilst also improving resident quality of life, using technology to make smart and efficient time savings.

Visiting homes and managers trying to adopt digital care plan systems has shown that overnight adoption of the new technology is not common – often there are implementation issues, and staff sometimes feel that new systems using mobiles or tablets take more time than old paper-based systems. However, the key time saving occurs for managers or senior team members who can quickly access a much larger array of data than ever before. Armed with this knowledge, it is possible to note which individuals have not been involved in meaningful activity and target these people to ensure everyone in the home is being supported correctly.

Currently only around 2,000 care homes nationwide even have WiFi, when the over 65 market is one of the biggest growing markets for social media use. As more and more providers will have to install WiFi systems to meet the needs of their new digital systems, it means that this can also ensure that those moving into homes continue to enjoy a connected digital life.

I personally don’t see the future of social care as a poorly funded, fragmented sector – but one that will be filled with small but meaningful innovations, such as WiFi access, that ease pressures and improve quality of life for both staff and residents…

 

Any comments? Want to find out more? Please contact alexr@oomph-wellness.org

Canford Healthcare gets out and about with Oomph!

By Care Home

We’re partnering with Canford Healthcare, a leading UK Care Group, to provide engaging trips out for their residents.

Trips are running for 9 Canford Healthcare homes, who are visiting a varied range of locations, spanning everything from arts and culture, to food and dining, to nature and the outdoors. Partnerships established with organisations such as the National Trust also mean that homes will be getting out and about to beautiful houses, buildings and gardens in their local area.

Previous Oomph! trips have been to unexpected and exciting locations, such as cat cafes, gin distilleries and racing tracks, as well as more day-to-day spots in the local community. These trips out aim to connect residents to the people and places that matter most to them, so that they can reignite old passions – or discover new ones.

Canford homes have recently headed out to Southend Beach, Hastings Museum and De La Warr Pavilion, with one member of staff commenting:

“All the residents and staff alike had a lovely day, especially two of our residents in particular, as one is a retired architect and the other used to live on the south coast – so special memories for them both!”

Jennifer, Oomph! Conductor, said: “The residents loved going along the seafront and watching the children play in the water. One lady was an architect and was very interested in the history of the De La Warr Pavilion, so I spoke to her about the how it was decided who would design the building back in the 1930’s. One gentleman used to come down to Bexhill when he was a boy and had holidays in the town so he had particularly fond memories of the seafront.”

Barry Lambert, Chairman of Canford Healthcare, says: “We were extremely impressed with Oomph! and their offering. We feel it will help us to achieve our aim of providing excellent care to all of our residents in a stimulating environment and to ensure that all aspects of their wellbeing are catered for.”

Ben Allen, Oomph’s CEO and Founder, said: “Oomph! are delighted to be partnering with Canford Healthcare, to provide residents with regular and meaningful trips out. It is a privilege to be an integral part of the organisation’s wellbeing provision and we are excited to help ensure that Canford Healthcare residents live a full life, for life.”

Team Oomph! take on the 3 Peak Challenge

By Care Home, Community, Out and about

When the alarm went off at 4:30am on Friday 13th, it was safe to say no one in the team was particularly excited at the prospect of doing a 24 mile hike.

Loaded up with water, snacks – and some fabulously moist cakes from Apetito – spirits picked up as over 80 people in the care sector set off on the 3 Peaks Challenge, covering Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent.

It was a rewarding day, with beautiful views of the Yorkshire countryside, but most certainly not easy going – there was a downpour of rain on the second peak (scroll down for some particularly damp photos!), treacherous drops, blisters, cramp and broken walking boots (not to mention a lack of phone signal). By lunchtime – over 6 hours in – Team Oomph! was tired, sore and ready to eat our bodyweight in cake provided by the organisers. At the third peak, around 8 hours in, we’d set a nearly impossible pace and could barely speak to each other. Coming in just under 10 hours, we finished with a run to the line and it was all over – we’d never been more deserving of the cold pint and fish and chips devoured at the pub afterwards.

Whilst gruelling, we couldn’t have been walking and climbing for a more worthy cause, and the day provided a great opportunity to meet a wide range of incredible people from the sector, from suppliers to care workers themselves. So far, we’ve raised over £1100 for the Care Workers Charity, but there’s still time to donate here – every pound goes some way in helping care workers in their time of need.

If that wasn’t exciting enough, there’s now talk of Team Oomph! tackling the national 3 Peaks next, so perhaps you should watch this space…

From Cat Cafes to Gin Distilleries: One Year of Out & About

By Care Home, Out and about

With every life change, we reach new milestones and new circumstances are thrust upon us. In early adulthood, most milestones are an opportunity to interact with new people; we land our first job, move to a new house or gain a place at university.

As we get older, our life changes naturally limit our opportunity to socialise; we retire, we stop driving, our children move out. The potential to slow down on social activities and new experiences as we age is apparent, but it shouldn’t be the reality.

Remaining socially active and maintaining community relationships supports us all to maintain good physical and emotional health. Research suggests that participating in meaningful social activities enhances brain health, lowers the risk of high blood pressure and even lowers the risk of dementia.

May 2018 marked a year since we launched our trips service – designed to break down the barrier between care homes and the outside world.  The service provides regular meaningful outings, supporting older adults to maintain social activities – nurturing existing community relations and building new ones.

In just a year we have seen our reach increase exponentially:

  • We now run 5 x more trips a month than when we started
  • Our fleet of buses has expanded from 3 to 13 (and still counting!)
  • We’ve taken 7000 residents on 2000+ trips, and created countless smiles

Our conductors are the essence of Oomph!, delivering inclusive and interactive trips tailored to the interests and needs of any group of individuals. Neil Thomson, our Devon conductor, gives an insight into the impact getting out and about has:

“On a recent visit to Plymouth Hoe, we had a swimming enthusiast who mentioned she hadn’t been in the water in years. Given she had already swum the channel, we couldn’t let the opportunity slip for her to have a paddle… 96 is never too old for a dip! It’s wonderful to see residents getting out of the home and re-engaging in their hobbies and interests.”

From Cat Cafes to gin distilleries, we’ve seen the incredible benefits that trips have, from enhancing mood and wellbeing to reigniting individual passions our impact remains our driving force. Furthermore, our increasing presence in the wider community has raised the profile of Oomph!, positioning us as a credible partner for the likes of HQ theatres and The National Trust.

We have had a wonderful year empowering older adults to get out and about – creating wonderful memories and new experiences. We look forward to furthering our impact as we grow… About to place 5 new buses on the road and with plans to expand our fleet by a further 16 buses by March 2019.

Be sure to give us a wave if you see us on the road (you can’t miss us!)…

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

 

Sources:

https://www.agrhodes.org/blog-post/older-adults-and-the-importance-of-social-interaction/

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/mind-body/staying-sharp/looking-after-your-thinking-skills/social-connections-and-the-brain/

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!”