Training to help improve residents’ physical and mental health
Staff at care homes run by leading provider Balhousie Care Group are undergoing 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.
A group of staff from homes in Perth and Kinross is about to take part in the workshop, which is run by ReVitalyz.
Care staff from all five Balhousie homes in Angus have already completed the course, achieving the Silver SPA award.
It is expected staff from Balhousie’s 25 homes will take part over the coming months.
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, said: “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 in Angus and Perth and Kinross 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.
“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.
Balhousie Care Group now cares for more than 860 residents in 25 homes across Aberdeenshire, Angus, Dundee, Perthshire and Fife. A further two homes are currently being built at Huntly and St Ronan’s, Dundee, taking the total capacity to around 1,100 residents.
The group prides itself on providing residents with an exceptional level of care and personalised service in very comfortable and stylish accommodation.