Gentle exercise sessions will be introduced in Wolverhampton care homes thanks to a partnership between the City of Wolverhampton Council and the Black Country Integrated Care Board.
Some £47,000 is being invested to provide strength and balance and general exercise sessions to help improve physical activity levels in older adults in local care homes over the next 12 months. Staff will also be trained on how to deliver similar sessions so that they continue beyond the initial funding.
Group and one-to-one sessions aim to reduce the risk of falls and improve the overall physical and mental wellbeing of residents.
Councillor Jasbir Jaspal (pictured far right, with service users), the City of Wolverhampton Council’s cabinet member for public health and wellbeing, said: “[This] will help with our recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic as we know that a lot of older people were less mobile during the pandemic, meaning they will not be as strong as they otherwise might be.”