Feb 16, 2022
A care home in Fareham has taken part in a very special exercise class taught by 1980s fitness star, the Green Goddess.
Residents and team members at Parker Meadows, formally known as Gracewell of Fareham, took part in a bespoke virtual session with fitness guru Diana Moran, forming part of Care UK’s ‘Let’s Get Physical’ initiative.
Diana, known as the Green Goddess, is best known for hosting 'wake up and shape up' on breakfast television while wearing her trademark green leotard in the 1980s.
As part of the session, team members at Parker Meadows dressed in fun food related costumes to get everyone thinking about healthy eating for the new year.
The ‘Let’s Get Physical’ initiative sees Care UK homes across the country encourage residents to get active by trying something new and exciting – whether that be a fitness class with the Green Goddess, a seated ballet class, disco yoga or even ice skating.
Matthew Smith, General Manager at Parker Meadows said: “We had a fantastic time in taking part in The Green Goddesses’ official Care UK workout.
“Here at Parker Meadows, we strive to ensure residents lead active and fulfilling lives. While regular activities at the home include gentle exercise classes and movement activities, we were keen to encourage residents to kickstart the new year by trying something new.
“Exercise is incredibly important for maintaining physical and mental health, especially in older people, whose mobility, balance, and strength naturally begins to decline with age. Enjoying physical exercise in a novel and exciting way can greatly increase resident involvement, leading to improved fitness levels and a more positive mood.
“Many residents remember the Green Goddess from their younger years, and seeing everyone dressed up really did put a smile on resident’s faces. We’ll certainly be taking part in this for weeks to come!”
Diana Moran, the Green Goddess, added: “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!”
Situated on Redlands Lane, Parker Meadows, formerly known as Gracewell of Fareham, was renamed recently by residents and team members following completion of its new management earlier this year.
The home is now managed by Care UK, with the General Manager and team members remaining in place. The provider announced they will be taking over the management of seven Sunrise Senior Living UK and 19 Gracewell Healthcare’s homes in the UK.
Designed to enable residents to live active and fulfilled lives, while also promoting independence, Parker Meadows, which remains open to potential residents, incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities. The home provides full-time residential care, nursing care, dementia care and respite care. The layout of the building is configured into a series of individual suites, each having a dedicated lounge/dining room to help facilitate the creation of close-knit communities.
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.
7 Parker View, Redlands Lane, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0AF