Care Homes, Hospitals and Community get together to join in the Deconditioning Games.

Sweyne Court ActivityPatients doing exercises in BCHPatients doing exercises Mayfield

The East of England Deconditioning Games launched this month with a single aim – to stop deterioration and deconditioning of people who have to go into hospital, or more generally have less movement in their lives.

Sweyne Court Care Home in Rayleigh was honoured to welcome the Deconditioning Games Torch team to their home this week, where residents were enjoying a new exercise class to keep them moving.

Care home manager, Maxine said: “It was lovely to see the Torch team and have our care home on the Torch map. Our residents loved the excitement of it all and the exercise programme we’ve now started, brought smiles to faces and movement to get the blood flowing. So far, we’ve done 58 miles in our home since receiving the pedometers from Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership, hopefully we can win the games this week!”

Over 50 care homes across mid and south Essex have signed up to take part in the games and are committed to #endPJParalysis by introducing exercise and movement into daily lives.

NELFT’s Community Hospitals in Brentwood and the Mayfield Ward in Thurrock have joined in and the Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Foundation Trust has also committed to the games. Staff are joining in to.

Deborah Whittaker, Regional Lead Nurse for Discharge and Quality, said:
“We know that movement is so important and exercise, however small, can make a big difference to a person’s wellbeing and sense of independence. We want the Deconditioning games to be a movement for impactful and sustainable changes, that support people in our care to add more movement and fitness to their daily lives.”

“It’s great to see Mid and South Essex Health and Care Partnership has joined in with all parts of the health and care system taking part.”

To support recording of the activity, the Partnership with Essex County Council, has funded thousands of pedometers to measure the steps and miles travelled, residents, hospital patients and staff have been offered the pedometers. A virtual walking map of Essex has been developed with milestones for settings to use and competition for the most steps/miles covered.

Every year from the age of 25, we start to lose muscle mass, and keeping movement and exercise in our lives is therefore so important. 10 days of bed rest for a person over the age of 80, ages muscles by 10 years. The Deconditioning Games want to support small changes that help people maintain their independence, strength and function and to create some fun along the way.