The Fremantle Trust has partnered with Oomph! to ensure a whole-home approach to physical, mental and emotional wellbeing across its older people’s services.

A leading wellness business for older people, Oomph! is working with three of the Trust’s homes; Sir Aubrey Ward House (Marlow), Chesham Leys (Chesham) and Cherry Garth (Holmer Green) over a 12 month period to deliver in-depth training, manager support and workshops to enhance the exercise and activities programmes and reiterate the importance of meaningful, person-centred engagement.

Liz Harris, Director of Wellbeing at The Fremantle Trust said: “Embracing wellbeing as a whole-home culture sends a clear message that activities provided in our homes aren’t the sole responsibility of activity teams, because everything we do is underpinned by recognising the impact it has on people’s lives. 

“Our partnership with Oomph! also emphasises the importance of compassionate, person-centred care in that activities are developed and informed by individual life stories. The attention to detail comes from really knowing people and what it is that makes them come alive.”

Feedback on the training so far has been really positive, with activity organisers and care workers enthusiastic to work closely to provide regular stimulating exercise classes and a range of complementary activity sessions both in groups and one-to-one. The homes are also exploring ways of capturing individual journeys and using the Bradford Well-Being Profile which is recognised in dementia care.

Oomph! brings expertise and guidance on developing a balanced and engaging activities and exercise programme within care home settings to increase residents’ mobility, strength and balance, as well as bring a real sense of connection and participation.

Ben Allen, Oomph’s CEO and Founder, said: “Oomph! are excited to be partnering with The Fremantle Trust to drive innovation and participation across the homes and are delighted to be adding additional fun and engagement to resident wellbeing that is truly person centred!”