Residents at Ingersley Court care home in Bollington were recently put through their paces by training staff from Macclesfield Town Football Club, also known as the Silkmen. Representatives from the club visited the CLS-run care home to get residents in the competitive spirit with games based on hand-eye co-ordination.
As an organisation committed to the highest standards of care provision, CLS trains all carers to provide residents with meaningful, rewarding activity and high quality of life. The games session with Macclesfield Town FC was arranged as part of the home’s continuing drive to provide residents with interesting, engaging activities that are both fun and beneficial to health.
Activities involving memory, hand-eye co-ordination, or any form of mental activity have been shown to significantly slow down the onset of conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. Other benefits of the session with the Silkmen, such as the social atmosphere that competitive games cultivate, are excellent for prolonging health in later life, if done regularly.
Staff at Ingersley Court will continue the sessions into the future, getting more residents involved, and holding similar game sessions more frequently over the next few months, both with and without the club’s participation. Cheryl Brooks, Activity Co-Ordinator at Ingersley Court, commented: “At first I wasn’t sure if the residents would be too keen, but they absolutely loved it. We played a target game with bean bags, and it got quite competitive between the residents. A few people were also glad of the excuse to talk about Macclesfield Town’s performance this season.”
On top of their work with the residents, Macclesfield Town have agreed to provide free tickets for a number of residents at Ingersley Court to attend a couple of their home games. Sue Duckers, Home Services Manager at Ingersley Court, commented: “I think getting the club involved with some competitive game activities is a fantastic idea. Not only will it help with the residents’ physical and mental health, but it is great for the residents to have such variety in the activities done here at Ingersley. The free tickets are really the icing on the cake.”