Residents’ wellbeing front and centre for record-breaking exercise challenge

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Oomph! challenge at Embrace HQ, National Care Home Open Day 2016 2Fun fitness and accessible exercise were put front and centre by Embrace Group, as the care provider led a successful attempt to hold the largest ever synchronised Oomph! exercise session.

The challenge saw Embrace team up with Oomph!, a social enterprise dedicated to enhancing the health and wellbeing of older adults, to challenge their care homes across the country to participate in a nationwide synchronised exercise session.

With 38 of Embrace’s services participating in the attempt in England, Scotland and Wales, 1,073 members of the Embrace family from across the country came together to best the previous record of 481 participants taking part in a synchronised Oomph! exercise session.

Oomph! exercise classes, which are run at many of Embrace’s services, support residents to participate in physical exercise that is accessible, fun, and has wide-ranging health benefits. Members of local care teams are trained by Oomph! to co-design the classes with residents. The classes focus on creating a positive and exciting environment in which to exercise, and each class is carefully tailored to meet the specific needs of residents.

David Manson, Chief Financial Officer at Embrace commented:

“At Embrace, promoting the health and wellbeing of the people we support is our top priority. Oomph! classes are a fun way to encourage residents to exercise and improve their mobility, which is an important part of leading a healthy and rounded lifestyle. The classes have also boosted the confidence of members of our care teams, who really enjoy designing inclusive sessions alongside residents.”

Embrace Group is a leading independent provider of health and social care to more than 3,500 people in the UK, offering person-centred residential, educational and supported living services which enable people to live as independently as possible.

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