January is the traditional time of the year time of the year when many of us think about changing our lifestyles and becoming healthier. Whilst many of us may have already fallen off the wagon, this January, one determined group of carers have been putting their best feet forward and improving their wellbeing with the Hospital of God. Every Tuesday morning a group of current and former carers of people with dementia have been getting together at the Jubilee Centre in Seaham for an exercise class with a difference. The Seaham Carers’ Support service have been running a group in collaboration for the Wellbeing for Life service, that offers a chance for members to be weighed weekly and enjoy socialising whilst getting fit. The group are led in an hour long chair exercise class to 80s pop music, that aims to keep people moving whilst having fun. The classes are tailored to the abilities of group members, and our carers have even tried improving their mental wellbeing with meditation classes led by our own Carer Support Worker, Gary!
Carer and class participant, Janet Radstock stated, “We all really enjoy and look forward to coming to the exercise class. It’s good even if you can’t join in with all the exercises as it helps your mind set; it helps you to forget your pain and takes your mind off the worries of being a carer. We always have a laugh and coming here picks you up.”
Helping to improve carers’ mental and physical wellbeing underpins much of the work we do at the Hospital of God. There are an estimated 670,000 unpaid carers of people with dementia in the UK, and two thirds of people with dementia live at home and most are supported by unpaid carers. Unpaid carers often experience their own health issues; statistics show that people who provide high levels of care are more than twice as likely to suffer from poor health compared to those without caring responsibilities. Our dedicated team of Carer Support Workers work with carers for people with dementia across Hartlepool and East Durham, providing group sessions for people to socialise and meet others in a similar situation, as well as one to one work tailored around the needs of the individual.
East Durham Service Coordinator, Caroline Robinson said “looking after carers of people with dementia is vitally important to us. We aim to keep carers well and enjoying life, by supporting them in the ways they need. The Tuesday fitness group has been a real success as not only have our members lost weight and improved their physical health, they also have met other carers and had a much needed chance to socialise.”
If you or anyone you know is interested in joining our Tuesday fitness class, or receiving advice or support from a Carer Support Worker please contact: