Residents and staff at The Grange Care Home in Newport, near Saffron Walden 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 two companies running the event), Residents have been trying their hand at Boccia, bop-fit, artistic swimming and other events.
The Grange hosted an Opening Ceremony with afternoon tea, complete with the passing of an Olympic torch to mark the opening of the event. To set the scene the home was decorated with flags and a banner made by the residents. The artistic synchronised swimming was a particular hit, residents joined in with a choreographed routine of chair-based arm exercises and pom-poms set in time to music.
Activity Coordinators from Country Court, the operator behind The Grange, 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. The Grange got their games underway with an afternoon of balloon volleyball complete with a singalong to get everyone feeling motivated.
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 September, with prizes awarded for the best in class of each category. Updates will be posted regularly on the Country Court Facebook page.