Several Resthaven Community Services sites are adapting their centre-based group wellness programs to an in-home format, to ensure that clients continue to enjoy an active lifestyle during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resthaven Marion Community Services Manager, Deb McDonald, says, ‘We usually run a number of exercise programs at our centre at 43 Finniss Street, Marion, that support older people to improve their core strength, balance, and general fitness.’
‘The aim of the classes is to reduce falls, manage pain, improve dexterity and maintain a healthy mindset.’
‘These programs don’t just improve physical wellness, but also provide vital social interaction for older people, many of whom live alone.’
‘Now, with the Government recommending that all older people stay at home to avoid exposure to COVID-19, our staff teams, in partnership with the clients who usually attend our programs, are developing innovative ways to deliver selected services on an in-home basis.’
‘Activities currently available in people’s homes include “Brain Games”, and “Falls and Balance”.’
‘Our Occupational Therapist can also create an individualised exercise program catered to the person’s goals, capabilities and preferences.’
‘Another program, called “Tech Heads” is in the works, focusing on using technology for online shopping, access to social media to connect with family and friends, and the use of online games to maintain and improve mental acuity and dexterity.’
‘We are also in the process of making video versions of our Tai Chi classes, which will soon be available to existing clients.’
‘Watch this space, as there is much more to come!’
Resthaven Community Services support older people living independently in their own homes throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Riverland, Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula and the Limestone Coast.