Do you ever wonder what life would be like in a care home?

A groundbreaking new project by Action for Elders takes an innovative approach to health and wellbeing within the care home environment in Peterborough, beginning on Friday 10th November

Action For Elders new Fit and Balanced Lives programme is aimed at supporting residents of Werrington Lodge care home to become physically active, improve their mobility and create positive attitudes towards physical exercise.

Balanced Lives has achieved startling results throughout the UK including Wales, York and Sheffield. It has successfully adapted to a wide range of needs and health conditions while retaining the personal touch.

The project, supported by Sport England* in partnership with community development initiative Groundwork, is for older people aged 65+ who are either residents or live nearby. There are currently around 60 residents at the care home, with conditions that include dementia, disabilities and long-term problems such as diabetes.

Activities Co-ordinator at Werrington Lodge, Kay Windsor says:

“Our residents tend to have poor physical mobility and many have lost the confidence to be physically active, particularly if they’ve had a fall. We do our best to support them, but our team doesn’t have in-house expertise in the holistic approach offered by Action for Elders.”

*According to Sport England, 54% of people aged 75 and over are physically inactive, which means they do less than 30 minutes of physical activity per week. For people with long term health conditions – many of whom live in care homes – this figure is much higher.

The project begins on Friday November 10 and is open to the wider community as well as residents.

Through friendly, expert support, we aim to transform the lives of older people through weekly two-hour classes at the home, which take a holistic, sustainable approach to improving physical mobility, by also addressing mental wellbeing, preventative health and social isolation.

Fit and Balanced Lives Peterborough takes place at:

Werrington Lodge Care Home

Baron Court

Werrington Meadows