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Concorde wish comes true for care home resident

By | Out and about

We were recently delighted to take a group of residents from Camberley Manor, TLC Care, on a very special trip to Brooklands Museum. Greg, the Hotel Services Manager at Camberley Manor, tells the story…

“The last of our Christmas Wishing Tree wishes we could make true happened – some of our residents wanted a meal with their family, some wanted a bottle of their favourite alcoholic indulgence… but Gordon wanted to go on Concorde.

With the help of Oomph!, Jose and myself had the privilege of taking Gordon on board the Concorde. Gordon mainly uses a wheelchair, however, once on site Gordon did not want to use the chair – he said to us, ‘I am going to walk up the stairs and walk on Concorde’. Gordon achieved this.

To me, this emphasises what TLC, Oomph! and Wellbeing are all about… working together to make it happen. However, it was Gordon who was mentally and physically stimulated to achieve something – not only walking up the stairs, but also to fulfill a dream. Our One Team approach provided a dream, how brilliant!”

 

To find out how you can get out and about with Oomph!, contact us here or call 0203 601 6363

Abbey Healthcare staff and residents get some Oomph! with wellbeing partnership!

By | Care Home, Out and about

Speaking of the impact on the home after training, a member of staff said, “One resident who doesn’t normally join in with activities, started smiling and showed signs of happiness as she engaged in an Oomph! session.”

We are partnering with Abbey Healthcare to engage residents in awesome exercise classes and creative activities, as well as regular trips out.

Following a successful pilot with 6 of the homes in the portfolio, staff in the remaining 10 Abbey Healthcare homes will be taking a whole-home approach to activities, being trained in Oomph!’s Wellbeing Leadership programme. This ensures 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.

One member of staff commented, “It was all very useful and will help me to engage better with our residents. It was good fun and educational.”

The programme also includes a series of skills workshops, including Oomph! Sensory, which is based on the Namaste Care philosophy, enabling relaxation, tranquillity and engagement. The workshop provides an alternative approach to many other types of physical activity, and includes techniques such as hand massage. This is particularly relevant for individuals who are less able, and are perhaps nursed in their beds or living with advanced dementia. Further workshops focus on culture, dance and sport.

Additionally, engaging days out to a range of destinations are running for 11 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, and Abbey Healthcare trips have already been going to interesting locations, such as East Anglia Railway Museum, Royal Air Force Museum and Knowsley Safari Park.

A member of staff said of a recent trip to the Railway Museum, “We found that on the trip, residents were really engaging with each other. They enjoyed the guided tour, listening intensely to what was being said. We chatted and reminisced about the old railways – some of the residents were very knowledgeable about railways and local history!”

Andy Taylor, Group Finance Director at Abbey Healthcare, comments: “Oomph! has really enabled us to up our wellbeing offering for residents – and feedback from residents has been overwhelmingly positive.  Not only that, but our staff are now really engaged in wellbeing – it’s improving staff morale and the quality of care we provide for our residents.”

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

 

Pictured: The Team at Aaron Court show off their certificates after completing the Oomph! Relax workshop, which has been developed with experts to use the principles of yoga, pilates, tai chi and mindfullness to bring sessions of relaxation and tranquility to residents.

Care home residents celebrate festive season with trips out

By | Out and about

Inspired by the festive season, we asked care homes using our Out & About minibus trips service to capture photographs of their trips in December. The winner, Regency House, a Hallmark Care Home in Cardiff, won the competiton with their fantastic photograph, pictured above. You can check out some of the other entries below…

Reeling them in! Care home residents enjoy fishing trip

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A recent Oomph! trip to the a sensory farm meant that residents at Lostock Lodge, a Country Court Care home, could cast their bait and reel in their catch of the day… Bill Ramsbottom, Oomph! Conductor, tells the story…

“On a recent trip, I took 3 ladies from Lostock Lodge, Northwich, on an Oomph! Out & About tip to Hope View Sensory Farm in Leigh, Lancashire. 

One of the activities at Hope Sensory is assisted fishing with volunteers in a small – but well stocked – pond, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all three ladies. The volunteers loaded the bait on rods, which had a fixed line and could be easily held by the residents. At the end of the activity, each of them received a small trophy for their participation in it.  

Because they had enjoyed the trip so much and obtained so much pleasure from fishing, I decided it was a worthy cause to produce a keepsake certificate on parchment card for each of them, for Mary (who caught, without doubt, the largest fish), for Ann (who caught a whopping 14 fish) and for Cath (who thoroughly enjoyed the experience).”

 

 

To find out more about getting your residents Out & About, email hello@oomph-wellness.org or call 0203 601 6363

Oomph! Release Annual Impact Report 2019

By | Care Home, Community, Out and about

We’re delighted to release our brand new Oomph! Impact Report 2019. This has been an inspirational year for us, our clients and the residents we support. 

Here are some highlights from the report:

  • We have trained over 5,400 staff, and have delivered over 55,000 exercise classes
  • 100% of staff would recommend our training to a colleague
  • We have gone on 5,500 trips, taking 21,000 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. We look forward to another inspiring year…

Roll on 2020!

 

Image: Karuna Manor, TLC

Care home trip to observatory brings back memories for resident

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A recent Oomph! trip to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre held special memories for one care home resident at Ashbourne House, Greater Manchester. Bill Ramsbottom, Oomph! Conductor, tells the story…

“Naomi is a resident at Ashbourne House, Gatley, and has had sight problems since she was in her early teens, with the inherited causing the gradual loss of sight to the point where she is now almost entirely blind. 

Naomi has always refused to join the other residents on Oomph! trips, saying it was pointless due to her lack of sight. I, and several carers, tried on numerous occasions to persuade her to join us. We assured her that she would have a full verbal description of wherever we were going, but this was without success… Until Jodrell Bank Observatory was mentioned! Naomi immediately sprang to attention and said, “If you are going to Jodrell Bank then I would like to come along” and so, she did. 

I have to say, that the carers, other residents and myself expressed our pleasure that she had finally accepted to join us. In fact my elation lasted the whole day and was still apparent when I got home that evening and obviously observed by my wife. 

That trip in itself was – I thought – a breakthrough, but I was concerned that we may face refusals on future trips. However, the next trip was to Blackpool Illuminations which quite obviously is a visual experience and I was overjoyed to find that Naomi enjoyed Jodrell Bank so much she was just as eager to join us on this trip. Because her sight allows her to see brightness and darkness, it was thought a good idea that Naomi sit in the front of the bus with me so that she could gain some visual experience combined with verbal help from the rest of the bus occupants including myself. 

Having chatted with her during our fish and chip meal, I am seriously looking forward to the next trip and having her join us again!”

Naomi says of the trip, “I came here in the 60s, when I was at boarding school. And I came with my husband. This trip was very nice, I loved it! Thank you for what you’re doing, [I had] a lovely day.”

 

To find out more about getting your residents Out & About, email hello@oomph-wellness.org or call 0203 601 6363

 

It’s Never ‘Just’ a Garden Centre

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Garden Centres are a popular choice of destination for residents who are going on Oomph! trips, but these aren’t always perceived as the most exciting selection. Oomph!’s Lead Conductor in the North, John Daley, discusses why he feels that we should cut these locations a little bit more slack…

Since starting with Oomph!, I’ve heard on numerous occasions when I’ve asked, “Where are we going today?”, the reply, “Oh, just a Garden Centre”. On the outside I’m smiling, but on the inside I’m thinking “It’s not just a Garden Centre!”.

The Garden Centre is a location my wife personally inflicts on me once or twice a month, where I get dragged around various displays of clothing, candles and books from obscure authors writing on subjects I’ve got no interest in (no offence intended to train, tram, bus or tractor spotters), alongside some plants and spades.

If I behave myself (no huffing and puffing, pulling faces or generally looking bored) I’m treated to tea and a cake, and then we go home, suitably refreshed, carrying candles, a weird coloured fleece and a book about 1930’s Massey Fergusson tractors.

This has always been my experience of Garden Centres, however, since joining the Oomph! Out & About service, I’ve seen the true impact of going to these places. Places that I once thought of as torture, now become amazing venues filled with new and exciting objects that can be touched and smelled and that are visually colourful – a true Aladdin’s  cave of treasures. Some residents love to interact with young children, their parents and the staff of the Garden Centres, their faces light up with these encounters. The people who come on our trips leave the Garden Centres mentally stimulated, and this is sometimes the only time they are able to get out of their care home setting.

And then they are treated to tea and cake just like I am – although they huff and puff less beforehand! This is another part of the trip residents enjoy, socialising with each other and staff members in a different location… It truly is a humbling experience.

On the ride home, some of the residents fall asleep due to all the mental stimulation they’ve just encountered, others chat with the staff about their visit. It’s a picture of contentment either way.

So whenever I hear, “Just a garden centre”, there may well be a smile on my face… and that’s because I know that it definitely is not JUST a Garden Centre at all.

 

To find out more about getting your residents Out & About, email hello@oomph-wellness.org or call 0203 601 6363

Resident Wish To Revisit Beloved Wetland Centre Comes True

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A special Oomph! trip enabled Lostock Lodge Care Home to make a wish come true for one of their residents as part of the Country Court Care ‘Make a Wish’ initiative.

Dedicated staff at a local care home at Lostock Lodge Care Home, Country Court Care, have worked hard to overcome the odds and help a resident achieve her dream trip. Country Court Care partner with us to deliver exercise classes and creative activities for residents, as well as engaging trips out. As part of the ‘Make a Wish’ initiative, residents were given the opportunity to tell staff about somewhere they’d always wanted to go or a special activity they’d always wanted to do. Lostock Lodge Care Home Resident Sheila was a long-standing volunteer at Martin Mere Wetland Centre near Ormskirk and told staff she would love to go back and visit the nature reserve, but due to her condition didn’t feel she could make the trip.

“We really wanted to find a way of working through the challenges to get Sheila there” said Sarah Holt, Activity Coordinator at Lostock Lodge, to which Sheila replied ”I am so glad you did!” Staff from both teams worked together to arrange the trip and ensure they could accommodate Sheila’s health requirements.

Bill Ramsbottom, Oomph! Minibus Conductor, played a key role in making the trip happen and was the person who first found out about Sheila’s wish. “We had several steps to overcome and for a long time were worried we couldn’t make it happen, but we have eventually overcame the challenges by removing a seat from our minibus and by taking a piece of equipment with us to achieve what appeared to have been impossible.”

Sheila was made redundant from her remedial teaching post in 1976 and decided to turn to private teaching of pupils that need extra help. Whilst preparing for this Sheila started work as a volunteer at the nature reserve, continuing to enjoy and learn more about the wildlife she loves. She worked in the education department at Martin Mere showing the many school parties around the site. During the trip Sheila was able to impart some of her knowledge on her fellow residents and they all enjoyed chatting with current volunteers, seeing the gardens and wildlife and admiring the fabulous flamingos.

“It is so nice for us to meet someone with experience from so long ago. It is wonderful to see the residents getting out and about!” current volunteers at Martin Mere, Enid and Di commented.

“For me this trip was a culmination of plans stretching back to February when Sheila told me she had been a volunteer at Martin Mere.” said Bill Ramsbottom “Not only was I delighted to have finally achieve it and see the pleasure she and Brian (her husband) obtained from it, but I was also amazed by the knowledge and genuine pleasure expressed by all of the other residents.”

The ‘Make a wish’ initiative has seen residents from across the Country Court Care group enjoy special outings and activities; from scoring goals at Sheffield United Football Club, to off-road driving and lots of family tea parties.

Westgate Healthcare gets some Oomph! with new partnership!

By | Care Home, Out and about

We are partnering with Westgate Healthcare, to engage residents in awesome exercise classes and creative activities, as well as regular trips out.

Taking a whole-home approach to activities, staff in Westgate Healthcare homes have been trained in our Wellbeing Leadership programme. This pilot ensures 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.

One member of staff commented, “‘I really enjoyed the training, it was fun, interactive and educational. Thank you!’

Another said of the impact after training, “Staff who never joined in before are starting to get involved, everyone loves it.”

The programme also includes a series of skills workshops, including Oomph! Nature, which has been developed in collaboration with Kew Gardens. The workshop focuses on teaching staff how to encourage residents to get outdoors and appreciate nature, as well as bringing the outdoors in by supporting residents to get green-fingered. Further workshops will focus on culture, sensory engagement and dance.

Additionally, engaging days out to a range of destinations are running for 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, and Westgate trips have already been going to interesting locations, such as Whipsnade Zoo.

A member of staff said of a recent trip to the zoo, “This was the highlight of our residents’ year! What an amazing experience, our driver was so friendly and very much a part of our team!”

Tara Teubner, Director at Westgate Healthcare, said: “The partnership with Oomph! allows our residents to continue to experience everything they enjoy outside of the care facilities. We’ll be working with the team at Oomph! to establish regular day trips and activities, whilst ensuring every resident receives first-class care and support.

“We are looking forward to experiencing the new and exciting adventures that are instore for us at Westgate Healthcare, whilst making new memories with all our residents.”

Ben Allen, Oomph’s CEO and Founder, said: “Oomph! are delighted to be driving innovation and participation across Westgate homes through our partnership. We are excited to be adding additional fun and engagement to resident wellbeing!”

Avante Care & Support partners up with Oomph! enterprise!

By | Care Home, Out and about

We are partnering with Avante Care & Support, a leading UK Care provider, to engage residents in awesome exercise classes and creative activities, as well as regular trips out.

Taking a whole-home approach to activities, staff in 3 Avante care homes have been trained in our Wellbeing Leadership programme. This pilot ensures 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 residents that take part, and focuses on meeting and exceeding regulatory requirements.

One member of staff commented, “I found the training so interesting and enjoyed every part. It was great learning about all the different movements to help engage residents”

The programme also includes a series of skills workshops, including Oomph! Nature, which has been developed in collaboration with Kew Gardens. The workshop focuses on teaching staff how to encourage residents to get outdoors and appreciate nature, as well as bringing the outdoors in by supporting residents to get green-fingered. Further workshops will focus on culture, sensory engagement and dance.

Additionally, engaging days out to a range of destinations are running for 2 Avante care 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 – Avante trips provided by Oomph! have previously included interesting locations, such as vintage tea rooms, Hall Place & Gardens, and a naval dockyard museum.

A member of staff said of a recent trip, “Today we went to a historical royal naval dockyard museum. It houses a large collection of steam trains, one resident said he had a marvellous time visiting the museum.”

Jacqui Morris, Director of Quality at Avante Care & Support, said: “We are delighted to be working in collaboration with Oomph! who are introducing new activities and opportunities for residents whilst enhancing and supporting current activities across our care homes. We have already seen a positive increase in engagement and interaction amongst the residents involved and look forward to seeing more positive impacts for the residents across the care homes.”

Ben Allen, Oomph’s CEO and Founder, said: “Oomph! are excited to be partnering with Avante to drive innovation and participation across the homes and are delighted to be adding additional fun and engagement to resident wellbeing!”

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