RICHMOND COMMUNITY: HEALTH WALKS

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Richmond House has expanded their walking activities to include a

town centre weekly Dementia Friendly Health Walk.  The Crieff

Dementia Friendly Health Walk started in April 2021 and now

welcomes over twenty people every Thursday who meet

at the Royal British Legion to walk and talk together with

staff from Richmond House care home.

Health walks are aimed at introducing people to walking but

have a whole range of other benefits including improved fitness,

improved mood and are a good way to meet people in a local area.

They are on good surfaced paths with only very gradual inclines.

 

Two walks are offered, lasting either 20- or 50-minutes, to help keep adults

active and care home residents can join in too. They are led by qualified walk leaders who also have undertaken specialist training in supporting people with dementia but everyone is welcome to join us.  Afterwards we all get together for a chat over a cup of tea. They take place every Thursday at 10.30am starting at the Royal British Legion Clubrooms, Perth Road, Crieff.

No equipment is necessary.

Richmond House volunteer walk leader, Colin Crawford talks about the

benefits of care home staff leading Dementia Friendly Health Walks where

everyone is welcome to meet friends, spend time outside and share a cuppa together. Tom Handy is a former Post Office employee and lifelong Crieff resident who joins the weekly Dementia Friendly Health Walk as it gives him the chance to remain part of his community throughout his retirement.

Since Richmond House staff took part in an award-winning physical activity programme - Care About Walking - to give care home employees greater knowledge, skills, and confidence to provide walking activities they are making physical activity a key part of every resident's day. Residents are supported to go for a daily walk in the garden, take part in strength and balance exercises and try a range of stimulating activities such as potting flowers or making a salad from garden-grown lettuce. Care home resident's Joan and Elma talk about how much they enjoy their time in the garden.

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Richmond House, Activities and Well-being Coordinator Suzie Kelly sees how residents get a sense of achievement from walking around the garden grounds. Ian Hutton, Live Active Leisure, Health and Wellbeing Manager who supports Health Walks across Perth and Kinross thinks working in partnership is an effective way to deliver local health and wellbeing solutions such as Dementia Friendly Health Walks. Crieff’s Dementia Friendly Health Walk which is delivered in partnership with Live Active Leisure's Stride for Life programme.

 

Visit Richmond House’s Facebook Page to find out more about their activities. 

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Crieff and Strathearn since 1898