Oomph! Wellness : Taking physical activity to older people in the community
ISPAH ePoster Library. Wilkins B. 10/15/18; 225255; 304
Ben Wilkins
Ben Wilkins
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Abstract Oomph! Wellness is a social enterprise dedicated to improving the life of older people. We are using our learning from seven years of delivering physical activity in care homes to deliver opportunities for older adults to be active in their community.Our concept is simple; we utilise the assets and skills already in the community to provide fun, sustainable and inclusive physical activity for older adults. We achieve this by training and supporting staff, volunteers and older people in extra care, sheltered accommodation and day care settings to lead physical activity sessions. The instructors receive a qualification, equipment and a tablet to record participation. We providing each venue with new games and activities, central and local account management, signposting to local physical activity and arranging peer events.We are expanding our catalogue of sports by working with sporting organisations to offer more choice to individuals, recognising the variety of abilities within community settings. We have learnt that variety and competition are key elements in maintaining attendance. Encouraging social interaction as part of the group also helps to maintain adherence. The key outcome of an Oomph! session is a smile. Sessions are designed to be fun whilst working on strength and balance. The other outcomes we have seen are increased physical functionality and quality of life (11% increase on EQ-5D scores). Through our partnership with Sport England we aim to get 27,000 over 55 adults inactive in the community on a sustainable basis. External funding details Funding received from Sport England's Active Ageing Programme.
Abstract Oomph! Wellness is a social enterprise dedicated to improving the life of older people. We are using our learning from seven years of delivering physical activity in care homes to deliver opportunities for older adults to be active in their community.Our concept is simple; we utilise the assets and skills already in the community to provide fun, sustainable and inclusive physical activity for older adults. We achieve this by training and supporting staff, volunteers and older people in extra care, sheltered accommodation and day care settings to lead physical activity sessions. The instructors receive a qualification, equipment and a tablet to record participation. We providing each venue with new games and activities, central and local account management, signposting to local physical activity and arranging peer events.We are expanding our catalogue of sports by working with sporting organisations to offer more choice to individuals, recognising the variety of abilities within community settings. We have learnt that variety and competition are key elements in maintaining attendance. Encouraging social interaction as part of the group also helps to maintain adherence. The key outcome of an Oomph! session is a smile. Sessions are designed to be fun whilst working on strength and balance. The other outcomes we have seen are increased physical functionality and quality of life (11% increase on EQ-5D scores). Through our partnership with Sport England we aim to get 27,000 over 55 adults inactive in the community on a sustainable basis. External funding details Funding received from Sport England's Active Ageing Programme.
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