There’s no such thing as a typical day when you live in a Care UK care home. As part of our vision to enable residents to enjoy fulfilling lives, we’re open to supporting them to do whatever they wish, whether it’s continuing a lifelong hobby or trying something a bit different.
Earlier this summer, you may remember that three of our directors completed an 800-mile cycle ride across the UK to raise money for charity, stopping at various Care UK homes as they cycled from our most southerly home to our most northerly home.
Accompanying directors Andrew Knight, Jacqui White and Tony Weedon was an assisted bike, which gave residents the chance to be part of the Ride800 experience. Residents had a fantastic time going for a spin on the bike, which enabled two people to cycle side by side, with only one rider having to pedal. Those homes who particularly impressed the directors with their warm welcome, their fundraising, or their efforts in a special ‘best decorated bike’ competition were awarded their own assisted bike.
Chandler Court, in Bromsgrove, was one of the winners, and since receiving their assisted bike, residents have been enjoying getting back in the saddle – often after many decades.
Up, up and away
When Olwyn Hopkins, a resident of Davers Court in Bury St Edmunds, took to the skies last year as a passenger in a glider, it was for the first time in over 80 years. Her first experience of flying, aged 19, wasn’t a good one, but things have clearly changed. When she was asked how she would like to celebrate her 100th birthday, Olwyn said she wanted to get airborne again, so the team made it happen.
Think residents who use wheelchairs can’t play football? Residents of Scarlet House in Stroud will make you think again! They recently got competitive over a game of wheelchair football with Goals Beyond Grass, a powerchair football charity.
We’re privileged to care for people who have had professional sports careers or are simply lifelong football and rugby fans. Sandfields residents, in Cheltenham, have recently been treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium.
At Winchombe Place in Newbury, Brian Williams, has been an avid rugby fan since his youth. Having not been to a match for over fifty years, his wish to see his favourite club, Cardiff RFC, was fulfilled when some of the home team supported him to attend a pre-season friendly against St Peters.
Feeling the benefit of being active
At Mowat Court in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, residents are fitter, more mobile and are eating and sleeping better thanks to an enhanced programme of physical activity, including yoga and swimming sessions. The home has been taking part in the Scottish Care Inspectorate’s Care About Physical Activity (CAPA) programme. One gentleman has discovered a love of walking – to the extent that he’s been travelling down to Edinburgh to explore the city.
Residents at Sherwood Grange in Kingston, Surrey, are demonstrating that age is just a number – thanks to weekly bootcamp fitness sessions with Home Manager, Rick. Rick dons army fatigues and puts residents through their paces sergeant-major style.
On a more tranquil level, residents of Perry Manor in Worcester have been giving mindfulness a go, with regular sessions in the home’s cinema. They report that the relaxation sessions, which involve focusing on different parts of the body in turn, help them to feel calm, and boost their mood. The Monday relaxation and meditation class at Sherwood Grange is well-attended too, with around 20 residents turning up each time.