Perthshire Balhousie Residents set to Go 4 Gold

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Residents from Balhousie Care Homes across Perthshire took part in this years Go 4 Gold event, which took place at Bell’s Sports Centre on Tuesday 14th June.

This is the fifth year that Balhousie residents have taken part in the event, organised by Perth & Kinross Care Home Activity Network. A total of 106 care home residents attended from 32 different care homes and day care services.

Community partnerships across Perthshire

The event brings high quality intergenerational and inter-partnership workings as communities come together to support physical and social inclusion for elderly residents.

Mini-challenges range from indoor ‘kurling’, golf putting, baton wool winding and fishing for ducks and is inclusive of all elderly participants, regardless of ability. There is also the chance to take part in the poster design competition, with this year’s theme ‘2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games’.

Highlighting the benefits for the residents taking part, Balhousie Care Group’s Dementia Lead, Yvonne Manson, commented:

“This is a fantastic event and has shown to be of great benefit to the residents who have taken part in previous years. They get the chance to socialise and interact with others, as well as the opportunity to take part in some physical activity, and is something that has been recognised as having a positive effect on their overall wellbeing and residents’ quality of life.

Yvonne Continued:

“It’s been a great intergenerational project as pupils from local high schools came out to the home to undertake some training with other residents in preparation for the event. Everyone was really looking forward to showing off their skills and mostly, enjoying the fantastic, fun atmosphere that’s always created.”

Physical and social inclusion for residents

All participants received a medal and certificate for taking part and compete to win one of five trophies up for grabs, including overall winner, most enthusiastic team, best team identity, best team name and best poster.

Residents from Balhousie Pitlochry care home were delighted who receive the trophy for most enthusiastic team as well as third place for poster design.