Proactive Exercise group supports older adults to stay independant

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We would like to share an initiative run by our trust Lincolnshire Community Health Services within our hospital John Coupland in Gainsborough.

It is a proactive exercise group which is supporting patients to prevent isolation and deterioration in older adults and reduce the risk of frailty.

The education and exercise group promotes self management and physical and mental wellbeing.

Classes are run at the Morton Centre at John Coupland Hospital Gainsborough and Age UK, Park Street in Lincoln.

Louise Barlow Specialist Community Physiotherapist based in Gainsborough explains that the classes incorporate a 30 minute exercise session which can include a circuit based approach working on balance and strengthening exercises.

It also provides group based interactive sessions covering different subjects led by specialist health care professionals. Also welcoming in outside speakers from Age UK and Telecare.

The classes are run for eight weeks of two hour sessions with up to 10 people taking part in the course.

Speaking at the end of the eight weeks Kathleen Byrne said: "It's been fantastic. The staff are really helpful and friendly and I've really enjoyed the social side of things and making new friends."

Judy Toon Technical Instructor said: "For some of the members of the group the sessions are the only time they leave their home so they really enjoy the social aspect too. We're grateful to LCHS Charitable Funds for buying the tea cups and saucers and Age UK for supplying the tea and coffee which the group enjoy at the end of the sessions."

Patients who are suitable are referred to the class by GP's and health professionals if they have increasing frailty but have no medical conditions that could prevent them exercising safely.

Marjorie and John Parslow attended sessions together at Gainsborough. Marjorie said: "We've both found these sessions really useful. The staff are really hands-on and extremely supportive to your different needs they are absolutely fantastic."

The Gainsborough group are arranging a catch up and coffee now that the sessions have finished.

For further details of the course please contact Louise on [email protected]

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