Training in seated physical activity

Staff at care homes run by leading provider Balhousie Care Group are undergoing training in Seated Physical Activity (SPA) to help residents keep fit and alert while having fun.

The aim is to enable staff to introduce simple activities using a variety of equipment such as stress balls, beanbags and other everyday items to promote independence, encourage wellbeing and encouraging social interaction among residents.

Care staff from all five Balhousie homes in Angus – Lisden in Kirriemuir, The Glens in Edzell, Willowbank in Carnoustie and Antiquary and Monkbarns in Arbroath - have already completed the course, achieving the Silver SPA award.

A group of staff from homes in Perth and Kinross is about to take part in the workshop, which is run by ReVitalyz.

It is expected staff from the rest of Balhousie’s 25 homes will take part over the coming months.

The session trains people to deliver a range of simple Seated Physical Activities to residents, in their own environments, to complement existing events and activities already offered in the care homes.

Sandra Ferguson, Balhousie Care Group’s Enablement Leader, said:

“Our aim is to improve and maintain our residents’ physical and mental health and abilities as much as possible, while making sure that each activity and environment is safe, easy, fun and varied.

“This training also focuses on the delivery of unique person-centred care to less able persons.”