HCM November 2020

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Working in partnership with Berkley Care Group, we’ve developed a bespoke training programme to improve and maintain fitness and mobility in older adults

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BERKELEY HOMES/POWERPLATE

Davide Ferreira, Power Plate UK In a recent issue of HCM, Jamie Bunce, CEO of Inspired Villages, said his primary aim is to “focus on people’s health and wellbeing, for the greater good of our NHS, social care, society and most importantly the individual.” (HCM August 2020, p62) With a shared sentiment, we have been actively supporting the aging population for decades, and more recently have seen growth in the UK healthcare sector – where statistics from Caring-UK indicate there are 456,000 elderly people in care. By 2030, this figure will rise to 730,000. Forming a partnership with Berkley Care Group during the pandemic has proven to be highly effective, with residents from all six of the company’s care homes benefiting from gentle exercise, increased mobility, and general wellbeing using Power Plate’s Personal product. Care workers can move the machine from room to room, making it accessible for less mobile residents and enabling staff and residents to counter the negative effects of inactivity on the human body, in a safe, effective manner. Working in partnership with Berkley Care Group, we’ve developed a bespoke training programme to

Berkley Care Group residents are engaging in regular exercise improve and maintain fitness and mobility in older adults, by stimulating natural reflexes, increasing muscle activation, and improving circulation. We’ve also trained two members of staff at each property to use the product and key outcomes are being tracked over a 12-week period, to show how specific, evidence-based physical activity connects to key health benefits, as well as improving quality of life, independence, confidence and social interaction.