|Residents compete in first care home Olympics
Slipper soccer, bowling and dog walking were all sports in Wigan Borough’s first Care Home Olympics.
Last week the residents of 15 care homes and one extra care setting showcased their sporting skills to take part in a series of competitive games over two days.
The games were held as part of a project called Active Care Homes, in partnership with Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles, which is funded through Wigan Council’s care home innovation fund.
It is all aimed at getting older people moving more and connecting to things which make them happy.
Other sports on offer included golf, discus, volley ball and the egg and spoon race.
All homes held opening and closing ceremonies and Olympic torch relays with one or two homes even creating their own national anthem.
T-shirts were made and flags created as each home was decorated by staff and residents.
Councillor Keith Cunliffe, cabinet member for adult social care and health, said: “The Active Care Home project is not just about physical health but also improving mental health.
“If people can find an activity they enjoy doing, whether it’s on their own or as part of a team, it boosts their mood and makes them feel happy. That’s exactly what we want for all of our residents, no matter what their age, and is what we are trying to achieve through The Deal.
“It was also brilliant to see our staff supporting residents and helping them to move a bit more each day.”
Pete Burt, managing director at Inspiring healthy lifestyles, said: “This project demonstrates you can be active at any age and it can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health and wellbeing. It was great to see so many residents take part and compete in a whole range of activities.”