My 89 year old mother had to go into a Care Home following her third stroke and a fall in hospital which resulted in a broken femur and pelvis. She already suffered from arthritis and the beginning of vascular dementia (which has since progressed) and found it difficult to adjust to life in a wheel chair. Despite all of these issues it has been a revelation to see her look forward eagerly to Gareth’s classes, and her delight in being able to take part in the session. She was a competitive sportswoman and she still looks around to see how well she is doing compared with others! Gareth has devised a routine of exercises that she can follow and she is able to remember the movements from one week to the next. His patience and good humour are appreciated and, as one resident told me last week, they appreciate being treated as “normal”. The benefits of the exercises can be seen by her increased alertness immediately after as well as her maintaining a degree of strength and mobility.
Residents really enjoy Gareth’s fitness sessions and always come away feeling better for it. Whenever I remind people that he is carrying out a session they are always excited and eager to attend, getting ready well in advance to prepare themselves for the work out. Gareth is very professional, treats our residents as individuals and always remembers names and afterwards I am always told that I must have him back again!
Tom is a very friendly, energetic person who interacts well with our residents. He has become part of our family over the past 5 months. He is an asset to us and the residents as he builds their confidence and interaction as well as building physical strength and balance through movement and exercise. All of which in turn creates a better quality of life for our residents
I suffer with COPD and Osteoporosis which has left me with 3 fractures in my spine. I realise I must try and remain active. I have tried various exercise programmes that did not suit me. Six months ago I joined the Otago class what a big difference I found it contains lots of exercises that I can do at my own pace. I have found that now I have more energy and confidence and have met like minded people that have turned out to be my new friends