Care home residents keep active through golf

Care home residents in Perth and Kinross have been enjoying golf thanks to the local Care Home Activity Network (CHAN)

Carolyn Wilson, NHS Falls Service Manager in Perth and Kinross, explained that CHAN is made up of activity leads and others from local care homes who meet every three months to help develop physical and meaningful activity for residents.

ResidentThe initiative links to the national programme called Go for Gold Challenge Scotland Programme (GfG) which promotes physical activity in care homes. 

This local initiative, prompted by the area’s hosting of the 2014 Ryder Cup, sees residents take part in golfing activity that uses ClubGolf equipment.

PupilsThe equipment is robust, colourful, suitable for all ages, can be used outdoors and indoors, and can be done seated and standing. Carolyn said: “There is also an intergenerational aspect, where children from local schools get involved and join in too, which is important.

Some care homes and schools are already planning home versus school events, with pupils teaching residents ClubGolf, and vice versa.” 

PrizesEdith Macintosh, the Care Inspectorate’s Rehabilitation Consultant, said: “Many people in care homes are keen golfers. To get the opportunity to continue to play golf or begin again is excellent and encourages people to be more physically active while doing something they enjoy. The project delivers positive outcomes for people in terms of health and well being and offers sustainable relationships in terms of younger people and older people from different care homes. It also meets many strategic objectives such as the Active and Healthy Ageing Plan for Scotland.”

You can read about this project in Care News here.

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