Care home residents ‘tee up’ for golfing exercise

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Cedar Court care home in Witney, Oxfordshire, has arranged for residents to be able to continue a favourite sporting pastime, thanks to outings to a local golf course.

The dementia-specialist home provides tailored care plans, which includes actively encouraging residents to maintain their existing hobbies or interests, wherever possible. Golf has been expressed as an interest by residents and, as such, regular visits to a local golf course have now been arranged, providing the opportunity for golf-loving residents to continuing enjoying the sport.

With a recent study by the University of Birmingham and King’s College London finding that prolonged activity during adult life helps to keep the body young and healthy, Cedar Court aims to make physical exercise and movement a regular part of its activities programme, to help support residents’ overall wellbeing and mobility.

Explains Phil Chapman, manager of Cedar Court: “We take great pride in offering a diverse range of activities and physical exercise plays a part of that. Having identified that several of our residents have enjoyed golf throughout their lives, we are delighted to have arranged regular visits to a local golf course, so they can continue one of their favourite pursuits. It helps them to remain active – both physically and mentally.

“For us, enabling our residents to continue to enjoy the hobbies and pastimes they have participated in over the years in very satisfying. Golf is the latest we have introduced and we are very open to other suggestions too.”

Cedar Court care home is part of the Healthcare Homes group. For more information on the range of care and respite services available, telephone 01993 703536 or visit www.healthcarehomes.co.uk.