Residents and staff at Ferrars Hall Care Home in Huntingdon have been enjoying their very own Olympic Games this week with a range of Olympics and sport-themed activities. Named the ‘Country Court Oomph-lympics’ (through a combination of the 2 companies running the event), residents have been trying their hand at Boccia, bop-fit, artistic swimming and other events.
Ferrars Hall hosted an Opening Ceremony which involved the Olympic torch being paraded through all three floors of the home to the cheers of onlookers. The team made a video of their week of sporting activities which featured on their Facebook page so relatives of people living at the home could see what their loved ones had been doing. The team at Ferrars Hall were awarded best opening ceremony for the Country Court group for putting in the most effort and encouraging their residents to engage and participate in the activities.
Activity Coordinators from Country Court, the operator behind Ferrars Hall, have been receiving training from partner activity provider, Oomph Wellness to help run the events. Each home across the country will be leading residents in Boccia, bop-fit, artistic swimming and an open event of their choice. Ferrars Hall got their games underway by making and painting their torch, there was a different activity every day for residents to enjoy including chair-based synchronised swimming, carpet bowls, table tennis, badminton and volleyball.
“We’ve had a fantastic week of sporting activities,” said Home Manager Susan Dunnell “The residents have all been very keen to get involved and join in. The synchronised swimming produced much hilarity. It’s been great to see people having fun and hearing so much laughter in our home.”
The Oomph-lympics are just one of the many activity initiatives that Country Court provide for residents. Providing stimulating activities in care homes is one of the most crucial elements of maintaining health, happy residents. By enabling residents to participate in meaningful opportunities, their physical, emotional, social, cognitive and sensory skills are strengthened. These five skills complete the wellbeing of a person and help maintain good physical and mental health.
Each home in the Country Court Group completed their ‘Oomph-lympics’ events throughout the month, with prizes awarded for the best in class of each category. Updates will be posted regularly on the Country Court Facebook page.