Care workers shape up with exercise programme
Caring Times, December 2016
A national care group is offering staff advice on exercises which can be done in the workplace in a bid to promote health and fitness.
Springhill Care Group, which operates homes in Lancashire and Bristol, has engaged Bristol-based physiotherapist Andy Stenner, to design a range of exercises which can be done by busy care professionals during the working day.
The exercises include step-ups which can be done on a set of stairs, sit-to-stand exercises which see staff simply standing up from a sitting position, and marching on the spot, designed to help keep muscles flexible without placing strain on the body.
Virginia Perkins, head of human resources at the Springhill Care Group, said helping staff stay fit and healthy was a key priority.
“Working in the care profession can involve long days and nights, often eating on the fly during a spare moment,” said Virginia.
“It’s tough to stay healthy in that environment so our initiatives are doing everything they can to help. We recently made pedometers available to staff to help them track their steps during the day, and this is another simple way they can keep healthy in the workplace.
“We’re putting up posters in staff areas which they can refer to in a spare moment, and we’ll make them available on social media for other professionals to take advantage of.”
The company is already operating a range of health and wellbeing initiatives including offering staff healthy menu cards detailing easy and affordable recipes, and providing fresh fruit to encourage healthy eating. Staff also benefit from regular visits from a registered nurse to monitor blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol and body mass index.