Training to improve health

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STAFF at local care homes run by Balhousie Care Group have achieved silver awards after completing training in seated physical activity (SPA) to help residents keep fit and alert while having fun.

The aim is to enable staff to introduce simple activities using a variety of equipment such as stress balls, beanbags and other everyday items to promote independence, encourage wellbeing and encouraging social interaction among residents.

Staff from Willowbank in Carnoustie and Antiquary and Monkbarns in Arbroath have already completed the course, which is run by ReVitalyz.

The session trains people to deliver a range of simple seated physical activities to residents, in their own environments, to complement existing events and activities already offered in the care homes.

Sandra Ferguson, Balhousie Care Group’s enablement leader, explained: “Our aim is to improve and maintain our residents’ physical and mental health and abilities as much as possible, while making sure that each activity and environment is safe, easy, fun and varied. This training also focuses on the delivery of unique person-centred care to less able persons.

“We are working in partnership with health and local authority colleagues to roll out the ReVitalyz training programme, which has given our staff additional knowledge to develop their skills.

“As well as helping them to understand how everyday items can be used in activities which improve physical and mental health and energise the brain and body, there is also an important social element, encouraging residents to get together to take part in activities.”

She concluded: “The training and activities are a key part of Balhousie Care Group’s enablement philosophy which ensures that maintenance of or deterioration in a person’s health can be supported at the right level.”

The training includes health and safety, risk assessments and record keeping, which will allow Balhousie Care Group to evaluate the positive impact of the SPA activities.