Residents had such a good time during national Bee Active week, featuring tips for staying healthy and happy, they kept at it during the spring and early summer.
After a suggestion by Clinical Lead Jane Shaw, team members at Abbotts Barton in Winchester organised a circuit training course in the garden, with diagrams positioned along the way for exercising different parts of the body.
Jane said: “The idea was to promote health and wellbeing and get some fresh air too. The exercises are great to strengthen muscles, prevent falls and help with balance.”
Resident Peter Winchester said: “It’s a great idea to get everyone more active in the garden. We eased ourselves into it by doing a little more each day.”
Bee Active week also included health-related quizzes to help maintain mental agility, while highlighting the nutritional value of fruit and vegetables.
Other homes taking part in Bee Active included Court Lodge in Lymington where staff and residents together walked 99 laps of the garden in recognition of the home’s oldest resident, 99-year-old Ann Melrose.
She started various participants off by walking the first lap of the 20km/12-mile challenge, joining again for the final lap.
Putting a further buzz into the walk were Companionship team members Cat Loubser and Julia Puia who dressed as busy bees. Julia said: “We are completely dedicated to ensuring our residents are happy and healthy all the time, but Bee Active has given us another chance to highlight and promote suggestions for fitness and wellbeing. We aim to continue that focus.”