‘Love to Move’ is a scheme that was founded by the British Gymnastics Foundation that delivers chair-based exercise classes to people living in care homes and other assisted facilities. The aim of scheme is to encourage residents to keep active an in-turn, maintain their mobility and independence.
Hunters Down Care Home in Cambridge is one of the care homes that signed up for this scheme, so they receive weekly visits from representatives to host sessions with the residents. These have been thoroughly enjoyed by the participants, so much so, that they have requested more classes as they enjoy the communal exercise paired with nostalgic backing tracks. To keep up with demand, the care home sent Lifestyle Coordinator Deannah, on a ‘Love to Move’ instructors course, meaning sessions could be delivered at any-time and much more frequently.
Deannah received the good news this week that she successfully passed the course and is now a qualified instructor. This means she can deliver sessions at the care home for the next 6 months and then be reviewed by the training team to receive her certificate – “I now look forward to the next stage of my development,” said Deannah.
This has opened up more opportunities at the care home and adds flexibility to when the classes can be hosted. This is important as some days the residents can wake-up and not want to take part, whilst other days they do, so smaller classes can be hosted throughout the week to match the needs and wants of the residents.
After all the knowledge gained on the course, Deannah wanted to share some information about why ‘Love to Move’ sessions are beneficial for the residents.
Can you tap your head and rub your stomach at the same time? Even if you can, it takes a lot of concentration.
By practising it, you are increasing your ability for the right and left sides of your brain to process information independently of each other.
The Love to Move programme is based on the concept of bilaterally asymmetrical movement (performing different movements with the right and left sides of the body at the same time).
By increasing the capacity to perform bilateral movement, the brain increases the number of connections it makes between its neurons, resulting in an increase in cognitive ability.
For people with dementia, the ‘Love to Move’ programme has been proven to increase their capacity to process everyday tasks such as feed themselves, do crafts and play bingo, as well as socialising with friends and family.