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A knockout effort – Bracknell care home residents take unique approach to getting fit

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A care home in Bracknell has been taking part in a unique type of exercise to kick start the new year. 

Residents at Bickerton House, on Warfield Road, have been enjoying Boxercise as part of Care UK’s ‘Let’s Get Physical’ initiative – which aims to encourage residents to get up and active by trying something new.

Boxercise is based on adapting training concepts boxers use to keep fit, which includes learning to punch safely, trying different footwork and engaging the body and mind together in movement. The team at Bickerton House adapted the workout so that residents of all abilities could join in by removing the high intensity element but keeping the boxing movement. 

The ‘Let’s Get Physical’ initiative sees Care UK homes across the country encourage residents to move more by trying something new and exciting – whether that be a seated ballet class, disco yoga or even ice skating. 

Erika Smith, Home Manager at Bickerton House, said: “We had a fantastic time taking part in Boxercise here at Bickerton House. 

“We are constantly looking for new and exciting ways to encourage residents to lead active and fulfilling lives, which is why Boxercise seemed like the perfect activity.

“Boxercise is great for keeping fit, and especially for older people, as it improves motor skills, balance and reaction time, and engages hand-eye coordination.

“Judging by the smiles on everyone’s faces, Boxercise was a hit – we are looking forward continuing the sessions throughout 2022. Who knows, we may have Muhammad Ali in our midst!”

As part of the initiative, Care UK has also teamed up with popular 80s fitness star, the Green Goddess, to create a series of bespoke exercise videos for its homes to enjoy. Residents and team members across the country are encouraged to don their best Lycra and neon accessories and take part in the fun new workouts. 

Diana Moran, the Green Goddess, said: “I am delighted to support Care UK to encourage residents across the country to get active by trying something new. 

“Regardless of age, keeping active is what keeps us young. Whether it’s walking a little further on your everyday stroll, or exercising a little longer, every day brings a new possibility. Even for those less mobile, chair-based exercises can be just as beneficial. Nothing should get in the way of you being the best version of you!”

Bickerton House has been designed to encourage residents to live active and fulfilling lives, while remaining as independent as possible in a safe environment. The state-of-the-art care home, which opened last year, provides full-time residential, nursing and specialist dementia care, and features a bar and café, cinema, hair salon, activities room and garden.

For more information about Bickerton House, please call Customer Relations Manager, Suzanne Woodward on 01344 989943 or email suzanne.woodward@careuk.com, or visit careuk.com/bickerton-house.

To find out more about Care UK’s partnership with the Green Goddess, and for more top tips on how you and your loved ones can get involved at home, visit careuk.com/lets-get-physical.

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Warfield Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 2JA

Bickerton House

CQC Rating: Good
  • Residential care
  • Dementia care
  • Nursing care
  • Nursing dementia care
  • Respite care
  • End of life care
  • Day club

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