Residents at Herald Lodge
care home in Coventry have been keeping fit and active throughout the coronavirus pandemic thanks to virtual Tai Chi exercise classes.
The care team host the gentle weekly classes in the home’s spacious cinema room, and they have been a hit with everyone, bringing people together to create new bonds and strengthen friendships within the home. The Tai Chi sessions are inclusive for all ages and abilities as the various exercises can be done both standing up or sitting comfortably in a chair.
The calming nature of Tai Chi is beneficial to mental wellbeing as well as physical. Tai Chi has been found to improve balance, strength and flexibility and many of the participants have said they enjoy the deep breathing exercises and calming voice of the virtual instructor and feel very relaxed after each session.
86 year-old resident, Mary Wellman, who has lived at Herald Lodge since November 2019 said, ‘I think that exercise is very important, especially when you are my age. I believe it keeps your body young! The virtual classes are such a great way to help me keep fit and stretch my arms and legs. I am so impressed with modern technology and what it can do being able to project the classes onto the cinema screen is very helpful to see. I have also made lots of new friends during the workouts and we always have a giggle at the poses!’.
Home Manager, Angie Rose, said, ‘It is incredibly important to us that our residents have the opportunity to keep fit and healthy in lots of different ways. It is really great to see how popular our virtual Tai Chi classes have been and how much they lift the spirts of our residents!’.
, operated by Ideal Carehomes
, is a residential care home boasting a hair salon, cinema room and spacious lounges overlooking landscaped sensory gardens. Residents at Herald Lodge can enjoy a full programme of health, leisure and wellbeing activities managed by a dedicated team of carers. For more information about Herald Lodge, contact Angie on 02476 713 655 or visit http://www.idealcarehomes.co.uk.