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Residents of Enliven’s Reevedon Home in Levin are enjoying the benefits of a new exercise programme focusing on muscle strength and balance.
Since introducing the programme, and working with residents to ensure their rooms are not cluttered, Reevedon Home has seen a significant reduction in the number of falls.
Manager Joanna Thomson says fall prevention is one of the greatest challenges for aged care facilities.
She says as well as the potential for physical injuries, falls can also significantly affect resident’s confidence.
“Having a fall can be very stressful for residents; often struggling to come to terms with having reduced mobility and independence can affect an older person’s participation in social activities, as well as their emotional wellbeing.”
Joanna says a large part of the programme’s success is from introducing more exercise into the activity programme.
“We encourage physical activity every day and the exercises are suited to each person’s abilities,” Joanna explains.
“We have morning exercises, indoor bowling sessions, group fitness activities and we have transformed a room into a gym space with exercise equipment for residents to use at their own leisure.”
The exercise programme includes a formal exercise group with an external instructor, a daily walking bus where residents get together for a walk around the home and grounds, twice weekly indoor bowls and ‘movement to music’ activities.
“What we’ve noticed is that residents are really engaging with the programme and they want to keep themselves physically fit and healthy,” Joanna explains.
The project has been recognised by Quality Performance Systems (QPS) benchmarking as a prevention approach that has led to continual improvement in the falls rate. It is now being implemented at Reevedon Home’s sister site, Levin Home for War Veterans, also operated by Enliven.