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Residents at Auburn Mere Residential Care Home participating in an online chair-based exercise class

After great success from its weekly virtual chair-based exercise classes, HCPA’s StopFalls service are now to host their biggest chair-based exercise event on Wednesday 22nd September.  

The online exercise classes were introduced at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to help ensure care home residents and older individuals stay healthy and mobile. Since then, the classes have gone from strength-to-strength with an array of Care Professionals and those they care for across the county participating.   

One person who has been heavily involved with the StopFalls campaign from the beginning, and with the BIG chair-based exercise event, is Health Promotion Team Manager at HCPA, Verity Rosehill she said: “We’re really excited to take our exercise classes to the next level. Now more than ever we understand just how important it is to keep healthy both physically and mentally and as we recover from COVID-19 we need to ensure that this is a priority. With the BIG Chair-Based Exercise event we hope to encourage more older adults to get moving and start feeling the benefits of a more active lifestyle.” 

The 2-hour interactive event is free of charge and open to everyone whether in a care setting or at home. It includes useful tips, special guest appearances and fun activities to inspire individuals to Live Longer Better. The event will run from 10am until 12pm and HCPA are hoping to get as many people as possible involved across the country.  

Auburn Mere Residential Care Home, Watford who regularly attend HCPA chair-based exercise sessions and have already signed up to the virtual event said ‘Attending regular exercise classes has brought residents together and encourages them to participate in weekly exercise. After each session you can see they gain a real sense of achievement as well as improvement in their mobility.” 

Another Care home that is reaping the benefits of chair-based exercise classes is Rosebery House in Harpenden who said, ‘Exercising has kept everyone moving through the pandemic with residents’ energy and coordination improving every week. They also feel a real sense of achievement after each session which is lovely to see.” 

If you would be interested in joining in or know someone who may be interested in the event then more information including the sign up form can be found here.

HCPA are a not-for-profit organisation that help adult care providers in Hertfordshire raise their standards of quality by offering fully funded training, network events and study days, funding for adult social care training courses and qualifications for their members on behalf of the government, the local authority, the NHS, and other funding agencies. 

HCPA also work closely with their partners at Hertfordshire County Council, the Care Quality Commission, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Skills for Care and other public bodies, to help make positive changes in the Hertfordshire adult social care sector.