To support and improve the health and well-being of people under their care.
Vivo Care Choices, situated in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, offers invaluable services and support for people with learning disabilities and autism, and older people, including those with dementia. A group of parents formed their own not-for-profit charitable organisation to help raise funds for the residents and their families.
The charity wanted to develop a fitness provision at the site. Their vision was to transform an unused area of grass within the grounds, into an area where people of all ages and abilities could exercise and socialise. Having considered various options, they raised money to provide the residents with their own fully functional outdoor gym.
The focus for the client was to provide residents with equipment that would maintain flexibility, co-ordination and balance, reducing the chance of falls. To increase fitness levels through aerobic exercises, improving cardiovascular health, and to build muscular strength across the body, in particular core strength. To ensure all residents could use the facility, equipment suitable for use with a wheelchair was also required.
The result was a 5 piece, 6 user gym, providing a whole body workout. The gym consisted of a Double Air Walker, Elliptical Cross Trainer, Arm and Pedal Bike, Disabled Arm and Pedal Bike for wheelchair users and a Recumbent Bike, all pictured above..
Easy access was provided for wheelchair users with grass matting between the path and the equipment designed for use with a wheelchair. The same surfacing was installed under the other pieces to protect the grass and allow access all year round. The equipment was positioned in a circular formation, with pieces facing inwards, to allow people to enjoy each other’s company or follow an instructor irrespective of the piece of equipment being used. The site is also well lit, so the gym can be used in the winter afternoons and evenings.
“the residents and staff love the gym, it’s been a great addition to our services and hopefully will bring happiness to more residents and staff over the years”
LUKE SHEEHAN, VIVO AREA MANAGER