Residents at NorseCare homes have benefited from a £20,000
grant from Comic Relief’s Health and Wellbeing for Stronger Communities
Fund. The grant has been used to develop
the skills and confidence of staff in residential care homes, supporting
residents to take part in person-centered activities and exercise, having fun,
keeping healthy and active and playing a valuable part in the life of their
Staff were trained by Oomph! Wellness, a specialist
activities and wellbeing provider, who provided sessions at the homes focusing
on ensuring people are happy and engaged in purposeful activity that they
Lots of new and different
activities take place, including seated football and badminton, yoga, art,
pottery and drawing classes. Residents
also enjoy exercise classes 3 times a week and staff have developed ‘Life
stories’ to really get to know residents better.
One of the most vibrant developments is that residents’
choirs have been formed in the homes.
Music therapy is known to bring huge stimulation and joy to people,
especially those living with dementia.
The residents’ choirs come together to sing at least twice a week as
part of the wide ranging activities programmes in the homes.
The Comic Relief grant and Oomph’s sessions have boosted
wellbeing, raised spirits and brought fun, friendship and laughter to over 150
residents and nearly 200 NorseCare staff have been trained.
The results have seen improved engagement,
wellbeing and relationships as well as a lot of excitement and fun for all
those taking part in the activities, with NorseCare seeing a 68% increase in
physical activity for residents. There
has been an 85% increase in social interaction and 40% of residents are
spending more time engaged with their local community.
Kate Grange, NorseCare’s Dementia Care Lead explained: “We
already had good activity plans in our homes, but this Comic Relief grant and
Oomph’s help has enabled us to develop some new and different ideas. We know that, especially for people living
with dementia, music is a very powerful aid for us to use, so having the choirs
in our homes is a really lovely way of supporting our residents as well as
having a lot of fun together.”
A video of NorseCare residents celebrating the Comic Relief
grant and enjoying themselves can be seen here.