Leading care home activities specialist Oomph! has announced a major new national initiative o improve the health and well-being of residents.
Currently piloting with brighterkind and St Cloud homes in Surrey and Hampshire with national roll-out planned for April 2017, Oomph! Out & About aims to bring a regular, rich programme of outings to care homes.
Ben Allen, Oomph! founder and CEO, said: “We know that keeping care home residents connected to their local communities is vital to their wellbeing, but funding this is a real issue for the industry.
“We believe we have created a model that can revolutionise out of home activity provision for our partners and make it possible for any care home across the country to have access to a fantastic programme of meaningful trips.”
The service, which will operate 110 minibuses by summer 2018, will offer up to six trips per month at a flat fee of less than half the cost of running and staffing a dedicated minibus.
Trips will be led by a trained Oomph! representative who will drive the bus, support staff in transporting residents and create the trademark Oomph! party atmosphere on board.
Outings are agreed with individual homes and personalised to reflect the interests and needs of residents, as well as staffing ratios.
Destinations on the pilot include Brooklands motorsport and aviation museum, Kew Gardens, Grayshott Pottery and the Lightbox Gallery.