Virtual Reality helps reduce falls risk

Belong Macclesfield Lead Exercise Instructor, Barbara Tait and Belong Macclesfield apartment tenant, Elisabeth Sparrow

Virtual Reality equipment has helped three Belong Care Village residents complete a falls prevention course.

The trio were the first to take part in the 12 session programme using Silverfit Virtual Reality equipment at Belong Macclesfield’s exercise studio.

Belong Macclesfield Lead Exercise Instructor Barbara Tait said: “We are thrilled that the first group of participants has passed our falls prevention course. The Silverfit equipment is specially designed for use by older people and has been proven to have both cognitive and physical benefits exceeding those of ordinary exercise machines as it increases participant motivation.

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“The system has enabled us to pinpoint areas of weakness in our customers, to help us to focus on ways in which we can improve their individual movement, strength and balance. I look forward to continuing the sessions in upcoming weeks and helping more course participants to enhance their wellbeing.”

The course, which is designed to improve balance, coordination and strength, develops personalised exercise programmes for residents.

Belong Macclesfield has a longstanding specialist exercise service, which is highly regarded by health professionals. It was awarded level 2 Nesta Evidence of Change having take part in research carried out by the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine on behalf of Public Health England in 2015. It also won the prestigious Excellence in Ageing Services award from the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) in 2013.

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