Residents at a Dorset nursing home are improving their fitness, strength and mobility thanks to a year-long partnership with expert physiotherapists.
Colten Care’s Avon Reach has teamed up with Poole-based BWT Physio to offer weekly group sessions at the Mudeford home plus one-to-one follow-ups.
Around 13 residents are attending the Thursday group exercises, designed to stretch and strengthen muscles in a safe, controlled manner.
Resident Margaret Johnson said: “It’s brilliant. I find it really helpful and long may it continue. I am so pleased with it.”
The sessions include arm and leg stretches, co-ordination exercises and other techniques to stimulate movement, balance and flexibility.
Home Manager Jess Brolan said the aim is to promote mobility and independence in a friendly, relaxed environment.
She added: “Having fun with exercise is one of many ways we help our residents stay active and make the most of each day.
“These sessions are very well attended and our residents look forward to them every week.
“The physiotherapists get to know them a little more each time, so building a supportive relationship.
“Residents love the exercise and find it a wonderful experience to get moving under the physio’s guidance.
“There are so many benefits for them, both physically and mentally.
“Shoulder exercises, for example, can help residents go on to dress themselves more easily while practice in improving balance can lower the risk of falls.”
Co-founder and Director Linda Whike said: “Physiotherapy has a vital role to play in elderly people’s care.
“As well as the overall fitness benefits, addressing a short-term or lingering mobility issue can lead to a huge improvement in someone’s daily life, so helping them be more independent.
“By holding our sessions in the comfort of the care home itself, the residents avoid the need to travel to a hospital, clinic or another unfamiliar place.
“We work alongside the staff at Avon Reach to ensure our sessions are completely tailored to the needs of the residents and we are thrilled they are enjoying our visits so much.”