28 September 2023
A Moray care home is to launch a weekly swimming club for residents and employees.
Glenisla in Keith launched the initiative after consulting with residents over which activities they would like to take part in, with a large number favouring swimming.
Two Glenisla residents have already taken the plunge. Ian Cresswell (89) and James Smart (78) tested the water at Keith Sports & Community Centre with manager Brenda Harper and activities coordinator Katie Hopewell, supported by carers Beth Penny and Yvonne Milne.
Katie said: “I had several consultations with pool staff, including getting photographs of the hoist equipment, so that I could familiarise our residents with the pool prior to their visit. I also had both families on board to encourage Ian and James. It couldn’t have gone better.
“James said it was wonderful to be back in the water and Ian was the happiest I have ever seen him. He said he felt he could swim the English Channel. Both of them are keen to get back into the water as soon as possible.”
Brenda said: “During conversations with our residents over which activities they would like to take part in, a high percentage requested to go swimming. We now have a list of names of residents ready to take the plunge on a regular basis.
“I thoroughly enjoyed being able to spend quality time with my residents and to see the delight in their faces was priceless. The experience was absolutely fantastic for both residents and the staff who supported them. The pool staff also deserve a special mention as they were so helpful and supportive.”
Katie is currently taking part in a CAPA (Caring about Physical Activity) webinar course, run by the Care Inspectorate, which promotes the benefits of older people moving more in terms of their physical, mental and social health. Swimming is deemed to be one of the more beneficial forms of exercise for joints and muscles.