Fusion Lifestyle and Rochford District Council Celebrate Six Months of Community Outreach Programme

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Fusion Lifestyle and Rochford District Council have been successfully operating a community outreach programme at Sweyne Court Care Home for six months.  The seated exercise programme is designed to keep residents active and healthy

The weekly sessions have resulted in staff at the home noticing a considerable reduction in patients having falls and an improvement in strength and dexterity.  Patients look forward to the sessions and enjoy taking part in the group.  Staff feel the sessions have had a positive impact on the mental wellbeing of participants, particularly those recovering from strokes.

One patient benefitting from the classes is 101-year-old Ivy.  When Ivy arrived at the centre, she was very withdrawn and spent a great deal of time alone in her room.  Since the classes began she has attended every session, engaging with other patients and improving both her mental wellbeing and her strength.  Ivy has now built friendships with other patients and is often found in the garden chatting about her passion for gardening.

The seated exercise programme has an average of 13 participants a week, with a total of 173 participants since it began.

Jade Cope, Sports and Community Development Officer for Fusion Lifestyle in Rochford commented, “We are delighted with the success of the seated exercise programme.  It’s essential that all generations are engaged with physical activity and the results of this project demonstrate the very real mental and physical benefits this can have.”

Cllr Mike Webb, Portfolio Holder for Housing, Assets and Leisure, Rochford District Council, said: “The benefits of this initiative have been fantastic.  It’s brilliant to be able to help residents like Ivy improve her quality of life.”