Balhousie Puts 'Oomph' into its Care Homes

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Award-winning care home group Balhousie is putting some Oomph! into the sector by becoming the first organisation in Scotland to sign up with an activity programme with a difference

Balhousie Care Group, which operates 25 care homes in Scotland, has linked up with Oomph!, which delivers engaging exercise and activity programmes for older people.

Oomph's mission is to improve the wellbeing of older adults and they will work with Balhousie's 25 care homes offering fun exercise and activity sessions, as well as monthly trips out for residents, to a wide range of destinations in customised minibuses. The trips are personalised and include intensive training by Oomph! staff within each care home.

Oomph!'s aim is to deliver ‘meaningful moments' for residents and a programme which is focused on individuals. The collaboration is the latest move in Balhousie Care Group's mission to be a trailblazer in the care home sector, delivering individualised care for residents. The Perth-based group has been tackling issues such as dementia and loneliness in innovative ways, from virtual reality technology to therapy with pets. Balhousie also ensures that its residents and family members have a say in their care, and care strategy.

Oomph!, which was been delivering its services in England with great success, was set up by founder Ben Allen, a specialist in exercise for older adults, after he realised a gap in the market for providing better adult social care.

Louise Barnett, Operations Director for Balhousie Care, said:

"We're delighted to be the pioneers of Oomph! programmes in Scotland, and the innovative ways they promote fitness and wellness. We know our residents will benefit hugely from Oomph's activities. This organisation's philosophies are very much in line with ours, which are to look at care and wellness in unorthodox, exciting ways."

Ben Allen, Chief Executive for Oomph!, said:

"Oomph! are excited to have the opportunity to work with the team at Balhousie, one of the leading care groups in the UK. It is a privilege to be a key partner and support their drive for innovation and excellence across all homes. We share the same values and entrepreneurial spirit and are delighted to be adding additional fun and engagement to resident's activities."