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Inverclyde Care Homes Pilot ‘SB Duet’ to Improve Wellbeing, Reduce Isolation, and Increase Activity Levels of Care Home Residents

Scottish Ballet in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Care Home Collaborative (CHC) are piloting SB Duet in three Independent Sector Care homes within Inverclyde Health and Care Social Partnership. The CHC is a new service dedicated to supporting staff, residents, and families to enhance the quality of care for residents in care homes across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. SB Duet was developed to support the wellbeing of people with reduced mobility by offering a shorter, gentler, and accessible movement experience, which can be done safely in bed or at the bedside, with a carer, companion, family member or independently. The package of resources includes two ten minute films and audio resources, Energise and Relax, which people can watch or listen to. Each resource contains a short excerpt of a Scottish Ballet performance, followed by five minutes of gentle guided movement.

Dance and movement has been shown to improve physical fitness, cognitive function, and the quality of life in care home residents. The willingness and ability of people with neurological conditions and reduced mobility to participate in physical activity, was demonstrated when Scottish Ballet started running its neurological programmes and projects online during lockdown. Scottish Ballet observed that people were joining online, from their bed from all over Scotland, highlighting that guided gentle exercise is possible and that people were willing to take part.

Commenting on the resource, Pooja Gupta, Care Home Collaborative AHP Care About Physical Activity (CAPA) Lead, says:
“Research suggests that dance-based interventions are effective in improving both the physical and mental well-being of older adults. This resource will not only support physical-activity, but also promote mental well-being and help people do what matters to them the most. It can also be used by families to connect with their loved ones. We are delighted to be the key partner with Scottish Ballet and care homes on this very exciting project.”

Lisa Sinclair, Senior Dance Health Manager, Scottish Ballet says:
“Scottish Ballet is delighted to be working with the Care Home Collaborative to bring SB Duet to care homes across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Our priority is to ensure that the resources are accessible, empowering as many people as possible to feel connected, creative and to take part in something that matters to them. As this is a pilot, we are looking forward to receiving feedback from those who use the resources.”

The resource will be piloted in three care homes in Inverclyde and an external evaluation will be completed by researcher, Emily Davis, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Pooja Gupta, Care Home Collaborative AHP CAPA Lead and the wider collaborative team will be supporting with the delivery and formal evaluation of this.