Groundbreaking Project for Peterborough Care Homes

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

The Fit and Balanced Lives project takes place weekly from Friday November 10 at 11am and is open to the wider community as well as residents.

Werrington Lodge Care Home,

Baron Court,

Werrington Meadows,

Peterborough.

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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. 

Balanced Lives has achieved startling results up and down 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.

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.

The Fit and Balanced Lives project is a groundbreaking model for care homes, which tackles negative attitudes towards physical activity, while encouraging residents and older neighbours to make exercise a regular and integral part of their lives.

*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.