Residents and staff at St John’s Care Home in Spalding have been enjoying their very own Olympic Games 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.
The team at St John’s Care Home decorated their home with flags from different countries around the world and an Olympic banner to set the scene. St John’s got their Olympic themed games underway by creating their own Olympic torch and medals, residents lit their Olympic torch at an opening ceremony. They made a video of their events for their Facebook page so families could see what their loved ones had been enjoying during the week. The games were a great success with residents who enjoyed chair-based synchronised swimming, carpet bowls and volleyball.
Activity Coordinators from Country Court, the operator behind St John’s Care Home, 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. Residents at St John’s were awarded medals for their efforts at a closing ceremony with afternoon tea featuring a spectacular multi-coloured Olympic themed cake baked by the home’s Chef Manager Adrian Purkiss.
“We had a fantastic week of sporting activities,” said Oliver Parker Customer Relations Manager. “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.