Woodland Villa puts a new ‘spin’ on exercises

Team members have incorporated the home’s game wheel into an exercise program with favourable results

The Woodland Villa life enrichment team has come up with a way to put a new “spin” on exercise programs – literally.

Team members at the Long Sault, Ont. long-term care home have been incorporating a game wheel into an exercise program. Residents love spinning the wheel for games, so it was fitting the wheel would encourage them to participate in exercise activities.

Instead of prizes, each space on the wheel has an exercise routine written on it. Among the exercises that have appeared on the wheel are knee hugs, sit-to-stand exercises, arm circles, and knee raises and bends.

The “wheel of exercise” has been turned into a “ritual” by life enrichment aide Kaitlynn Cotnam, says Lisa Doran, the home’s life enrichment co-ordinator.

During the program, residents will spin the wheel and whatever space the pointer lands on will be the exercise residents will do.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is currently no large-group programming at Woodland Villa. The activity can be done in small groups or as a one-to-one program.

The program can also be held indoors or outside, Lisa says.

“The residents love it – they can have the program outside or wherever they want, even in their rooms,” she tells The OMNIway.

“It has been really great at getting the residents involved. It’s different all the time.”

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