Social care provider The HICA Group has announced a new partnership with Oomph! On Demand to enhance their activity provision across all 17 of its care homes and to help inspire the dedicated activity teams.

The digital platform incorporates a multitude of interactive activities including video content on a wide range of topics especially chosen for care home residents. These include virtual exercise classes for people of all abilities alongside a wealth of resources and training for staff, all of which are constantly added to and updated.

The platform can be accessed through smart televisions, tablets and interactive tables in the homes for group activities. Residents will also be able to access the content on their own devices or the home’s devices at a time that suits them.

Terry Peel, Chief Executive at The HICA Group, said: “We are constantly looking at new ways we can help improve the wellbeing of the residents within our care homes and Oomph! On-Demand is an exciting addition to our activity provision. As we went through lockdown many of our usual activities were unable to go ahead so it was important to find alternative ways in which we could continue to enrich the lives of our residents. Oomph! On Demand was perfect for this.”

The service is also a fantastic way to help residents engage with modern technology more effectively”

Another bonus of the On Demand service is the ability to give staff access to specialised exercise videos and courses, designed to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

Oomph! is the UK’s leading wellbeing business for older adults, to enhance mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Through innovative exercise and activity solutions, Oomph! drive to positively change the impact of ageing with a clear proposition of a ‘Full Life for Life’. Whatever your passion, interest and physical ability their team of dedicated experts work with you to enjoy life… you have one life, so let’s give it some Oomph!

Ben Allen, CEO and Founder of Oomph! Wellness, said: “I am excited for Oomph! to be partnering with HICA on the launch of our new digital wellbeing platform – Oomph! On Demand. Oomph! On Demand provides a wide range of expertly created wellbeing content, and I am so pleased that we can empower the care teams at HICA homes, enhancing meaningful engagement for residents.”

Over the last 8 years the HICA Group has been on a journey in relation to our activity provisions across all our services, more than doubling activity hours in our services, upgrading internet connection speeds to allow multiple users, providing technology, iPad’s, tablets, smart televisions, and interactive tables. The new partnership with Oomph! has supported The HICA group in taking steps in delivering new activities via technology to those we support.

The HICA Group is a not for profit organisation, which operates a portfolio of 17 residential care homes, five of which are for people with a learning disability, along with two retirement villages.  The company also runs a home care service providing approximately 11,500 hours of support and care from four regional offices in the North of England.