Balhousie Residents Go4Gold at Annual Games Event

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The Perth and Kinross ‘Go4Gold Care Homes Games Challenge’ took place earlier this month, with many Balhousie Care Home residents enjoying the fun-packed day at Bells Sports Centre in Perth. The event, piloted in 2012, has been a staple annually ever since for many of our residents and staff alike.

Physical activity for residents

Organised by the Perth and Kinross Care Home Activity Network (CHAN), the partnership between Perth and Kinross Council, NHS Tayside, Live Active Leisure and local care homes aims to increase physical activity levels for residents in a fun and inclusive way, catering for all levels of physical ability, ensuring that any resident who wishes to take part can, regardless of their capability.

Participants can take part in a number of mini-events throughout the day such as Indoor Target Golf, Curling, Fishing for Ducks and Beanbag Bucket Basketball. Residents also enjoyed afternoon tea, accompanied by music from the Perth High School Ceilidh Band. Every participant received a Go4Gold medal and certificate, with trophies being presented at the prize giving ceremony to the overall winning team, most enthusiastic team, most enthusiastic staff and for the best team photo and best team identity.

Health and wellbeing

This years event, the fourth of it’s kind, was the biggest yet, with over 100 residents taking part from 36 care homes across Perth and Kinross. Go4Gold highlights just how important physical activity can be for our residents, not only in terms of physical but also mental health. The link between physical activity, wellbeing and quality of life has long been recognised and something that each of our care homes encourages with their varied activity schedules ranging from swimming sessions, keep-fit and dance classes to yoga and Zumba classes.

Social benefits

 At Balhousie, we also believe in the social benefits such activities can provide to our residents, enabling them to take part in group activities in which they can interact with each other, allowing them to feel part of their community and most importantly, have fun together. We were thrilled to once again be part of such a great event, with many of our residents already keen to get training for next years challenge, well, you’ve got to be in it to win it!