One of our favourite times of the week at Hilgay Care Home is Friday Afternoon, and not just because its nearly the weekend. Rebecca, from Broccoli and Biceps, has been visiting Broccoli and Biceps and Hilgay Care Home on a weekly basis for the past year. During her visits, she runs armchair exercises that are tailored to the needs of the residents. Armchair exercises are the perfect type of activity in a care home that residents can gain real mental and physical benefits. Want to learn more? Keep reading.
What is Broccoli and Biceps?
Rebecca, who runs Broccoli and Biceps, is a personal trainer, and runs various personal training sessions for her clients. Furthermore, she provides detailed nutritional advice to her clients to ensure that they see the best results. Rebecca is very kind to lend us her time on a Friday afternoon and give our residents their own weekly sessions.
What activities does Rebecca run for residents at Hilgay Care Home?
Rebecca leads armchair exercises for our residents that wish to take part. These exercises are aimed at achieving a range of goals, from improving muscle strength and balance to improving mental well-being. These activities are suitable for all abilities as Rebecca’s activities involve simple movements that can be adapted depending on need. As well as the physical benefits, these activities are also beneficial for social interaction and getting people moving in a fun way.
“My name is Rebecca, I qualified 15 months ago and it’s such a happy job…I absolutely love it! I teach Chairobics at Hilgay Care Home on Fridays and it’s the highlight of my week. I love the residents and hearing their stories about their childhood or where they used to go on holiday. I’ve grown very fond of them.
Exercise is so important to help keep you flexible and build strength in your muscles, particularly as we age. I always give options if someone can’t do an exercise and ensure all activities are inclusive of everyone’s ability to take part. Above all, it’s about moving and having fun whilst doing it.”
What difference do Broccoli and Biceps sessions make?
The biggest benefit we see from having Rebecca visit us at Hilgay Care Home is the improved well-being of our residents. Rebecca’s activities promote a sense of purpose and accomplishment while focusing on safety first. Not only that, but it helps our residents stay active despite limited mobility which aids their overall health and well-being as well as ensures they have something to look forward to every week.
Our activities coordinator, Sam had this to say: “The activities that Rebecca runs for our residents are activities that promote positivity, and physical and mental well-being. It is fantastic to see the impact it has on the lives of our residents”. Rebecca’s activities at Hilgay Care Home have been a great success and we look forward to her visits every week! We can’t wait to see what activities she comes up with next!
Why is Exercise Important in Care Homes?
Exercise and activities are an important part of life in a care home. Not only do activities help to keep residents healthy, but also they provide socialisation opportunities, mental stimulation, and emotional support. There are many benefits associated with activities in a care home setting.
Physical activities help the elderly remain physically active and improve overall health and well-being. Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease or stroke, improve strength, balance, coordination and flexibility. It can also help to maintain good posture and prevent falls by keeping joints flexible.
Benefits of Activities in a Care Home
Activities don’t just have to be physical. They also provide mental stimulation and emotional support. For instance, activities such as art classes, cooking and gardening can help to build socialisation skills, increase self-esteem and reduce stress and anxiety. Furthermore, activities in a care home help to make every day different and prevent mental health conditions developing from routine.
Activities in a care home also provide an opportunity for residents to interact with other people and make new friends. This helps to alleviate the loneliness that many elderly people can suffer from due to reduced opportunities for interaction.
Although activities are important for elderly people in care homes, they must be tailored towards individual needs and abilities. It is essential that activities are chosen carefully so as not to cause any harm or injury. That’s why Sam ensures that all this to guarantee that they can all reap the mental and physical benefits.
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What Activities and Experiences Does a Care Home Offer?
Different care homes offer different home experiences and activity programmes. Hilgay home activities include arts and crafts sessions, quizzes, board games, dances, musical displays card games, and gardening.
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