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9-year-old Heather’s dementia-friendly exercise sessions

1st June 2021 Heather Captain Tom 100

Residents at some of the care homes operated by Healthcare Homes are busy preparing to join a live social media charity exercise session.

9-year-old Heather from Kirkintilloch in Scotland has organized a dementia-friendly live exercise session on 11th June, with the aim of involving 100 care homes across the country and inspiring support for The Captain Tom 100 foundation.

Starting her fundraising efforts by recycling old china into beautiful birdfeeders and creating ornaments from broken jewelry, Heather put her creative talents into practice to encourage support and awareness of dementia charities during the first wave of the pandemic. When the country went into a second lockdown in November last year, Heather took to social media to continue her fundraising work. Having reached out to local healthcare professionals, Heather produced specialised dementia-friendly exercise routines for local care homes. Inspired by Captain Tom’s feat, Heather’s goal on 11th June is to bring together 100 care homes in a nationwide exercise class via social media. 

When the teams at Healthcare Homes’ Ashley Gardens and Claremont House care homes heard of Heather’s endeavor, they jumped at the chance of getting involved. With their  teams providing quality dementia care, they  were determined to incorporate the session into their activity schedules. Our teams are always seeking new ways to  promote fulfilling lifestyles for their residents.

At Healthcare Homes, staff have always recognized the importance of healthy and active lifestyles for residents; they promote nutrition and hydration in later life, whilst gentle exercise sessions are a regular and much-loved activity amongst residents. When Christine, Home Manager at Claremont House care home, heard about Heather’s plans, she knew the residents would be on board. Christine said “it would be lovely to work with Heather’, and the home is “very interested in getting involved with the project”. Meanwhile in Maidstone, Home Manager Jo at Ashley Gardens care home said they were “excited to be involved and to support Heather”.

Since launching the initiative, publicity for Heather’s class has gone global. Come 11th June, Heather will not only be joined by residents and staff across Healthcare Homes care homes, but also by care homes in Australia, New Zealand, different areas of the USA and India!

To find out more about the healthy, active lifestyles provided by Healthcare Homes call us on 01206 646646 or visit https://www.healthcarehomes.co.uk/care-homes/ to find your nearest home.

To find out more about Heather’s work, visit her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Lockdown-Crafts-by-H-105730697901138

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