Putting Care Home Residents to the Test with Crazy Golf Course
Posted: Fri, 02 Aug 2019 12:22
Residents at NorseCare's Lydia Eva Court in Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth enjoyed a crazy golf session using equipment specially made for them by a local Men's Shed community organisation, using Active Norfolk funding from the SAIL (Staying Active and Independent for Longer) project.
The first of 5 fun crazy golf sets was made by Men's Shed - a community organisation who meet regularly to make woodwork projects for the local area. The first 5 hole 'course' was completed this week and used for the first time at Lydia Eva Court care home, where up to 89 people living with dementia are provided with care and support. Each of the sets will be shared across 5 of NorseCare's care homes in Norwich and the East coast once the remaining 4 sets are completed.
Residents, families and representatives from Active Norfolk and the volunteers from Poringland Men's Shed gathered in the sunshine in the gardens of Lydia Eva Court to watch as residents took part with NorseCare's Activities and Wellbeing coordinators.
Henry Gowman, one of the volunteers from the Men's Shed spoke about the project; "It was delightful to see the residents using the equipment and their evident enjoyment. To see our work being so well received gives us the confidence to make the next batch of games."
Sandra Drake, NorseCare's Volunteer and Wellbeing Co-ordinator added her thoughts: "We want to thank Active Norfolk for providing us with the funding and the Men's Shed for making this happen. It's an activity that families and friends can enjoy together now and for the future. We can't wait to get the other courses finished and out to the other homes."
Resident Evan at Lydia Eva Court enjoyed his day: "I've never played golf before, I didn't realise how good I was at it!"
Active Norfolk's Active Ageing Officer Ryan Hughes also took part on the day: "The crazy golf sets are part of our SAIL project, which looks to not only encourage residents to be more active, but to try and do this in the outdoor environment where possible. There are numerous positive effects upon well-being from being able to spend time outdoors, and by providing different opportunities within the gardens of care settings, we are hoping to encourage people to enjoy being outdoors as much as possible."
The SAIL project aims to stimulate active ageing, longer independent living, and less dependence on traditional health and social care services. You can read more about the project here.