On their way to a black belt – Sway care home residents take unusual approach to getting fit

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A care home in Sway has been taking part in an unusual type of exercise to kick start the new year. 

Residents at Sway Place, formally known as Gracewell of Sway, have been enjoying Karate lessons 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.

Residents enjoyed seated Karate lessons by team member Jamie Adam, who is one grade away from his black belt. Jamie taught them the basic movements of Karate including stances (Tachikata) and blocks (Uke) as well as the importance of Karate etiquette including the standing bow.  

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. 

Rachel Bedford, General Manager at Sway Place, said: “Let’s Get Physical is a fantastic initiative that encourages residents to get active and try new things.

“Here at Sway Place, we are always trying to come up with interesting activities for residents to enjoy, so when we suggested Karate, we knew it would be a hit!

“Residents loved the Karate lessons. The graceful form of exercise has been proven to decrease stress, aid in balance and flexibility and even alleviate pain, so we knew it would be a great activity for residents to try – especially as involves focused movement so residents of all abilities could take part. 

“Judging by the smiles on everyone’s faces, Karate is going to become a regular sight at Sway Place!”

Residents also took part in balloon beach volleyball and ‘drummercise’. Both activities were adapted so all residents could participate, no matter their ability.

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!”

Situated on Church Lane, Sway Place, formerly known as Gracewell of Sway, 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, Sway Place, which remains open to potential residents, incorporates space for hobby and leisure activities. The home provides full-time residential care, dementia care and respite care. The layout of the building is configured into a series of individual suites, and 14 independent living cottages, each having a dedicated lounge/dining room to help facilitate the creation of close-knit communities.

To find out more about Sway Place please call Laura Blake, Home Admissions Advisor, on 01590 607371, or email Sway.HAA@gracewell.co.uk or visit careuk.com/sway-place.

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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Sway Place, Church Lane, Sway, Hampshire, SO41 6AD

Sway Place

Sway Place

CQC Rating: Outstanding
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  • Dementia care
  • Respite care
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  • Nursing dementia care
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