As a social enterprise we are committed to tracking and publically reporting the impact of our work on the day-to-day health and quality of life of older adults. This is published in our annual impact report.
We work with leading academics and social impact thinkers in the UK to design our methodology, and we share the benefits of the insights they provide with our clients, partners and the wider industry.
Here’s just some key statistics from our work so far:
We like the way that our instructor is so flexible and can change a class depending on the specific needs of the individual. So, for example, we have a gentleman with epilepsy who prefers to do the classes in his chair. It is this flexibility and ensuring everyone is involved that makes Oomph! so good.
Sarah Walker, Support Worker, The Granary Care Home, Driffield
I am blown away with the changes its made to everyone and it's such a great feeling when our residents see you and just give me a fabulous smile
Trained Activity Staff
2 weeks ago the lady was unable to assist herself with the upper part of her body and now after 2 weeks of Oomph! look at the difference. Oomph! is worth its weight in gold and the best activity my residents have enjoyed in a long time.
Oomph! Licensee Instructor, Ideal Care Homes
One resident has gone from partially weight bearing to fully being able to stand and take a few steps with her zimmer frame. HUGE progress and her son is absolutely delighted!
Lucy Stout, The Pines, Gracewell
Residents, and even their families, love taking part in the exercises provided by Oomph! and the energy and enthusiasm of the instructor is very infectious. Residents’ mobility and dexterity has improved and all in all the classes provide a positive experience for everyone in the home.
Lynn Buxton, Manager of Ashdale Lodge Care Home, Hull
Since Oomph! started leading exercise classes, the group of residents taking part has increased week by week. The residents look forward to their sessions and there is always lots of singing laughter and enjoyment.
Sue Rollinson, Manager of Westfield Park Nursing Home, Hull
The vast majority of our residents take part and whether they do it in the chair or standing up they all have lots of fun and it is great exercise for them.
Hannah Dowler, Manager of Esk Hall Care Home, Whitby
Our residents love the classes that Oomph provides in the home and even those who are unable to get out of their chairs still enjoy tapping their feet to the music and the rhythm. It really puts a smile on everyone’s faces.
Nikki Durrant, Manager of Rosevale Care Home, York
When I first came in here about 6 months ago I was more or less paralysed, from the waist downwards and everything had to be done for me. Since then, I have been attending Oomph! 2-3 times per week and doing my physio and it’s helped a lot - I can now walk with a stick. I went back to my GP in June and who gave me a big hug and said you’ve proved me wrong. I’ll now be going back home to live in 3 weeks time.
Doris, Resident at Bucklesham Grange
A lady was so pleased she came. She has declined every exercise class for 3 years and has always made harsh comments. Today she asked me to make sure she came along to every Oomph! session.
Helen Waspe, Bramley Court
The following are all real life examples of how the exercise therapy provided by Oomph! can have a positive effect on the lives of older people. Only the names have been changed to protect their identities.
Resident G, at Albany care home, who is in her 50's and has Parkinsons disease was unable to move her right hand or her legs. Instructor Halina noticed this and tried to help her during Oomph! sessions as she could only use one Pom Pom. After one-to-one Oomph! sessions together with massage, G is now able to use both hands and has been using two Pom Poms in Oomph! group sessions.
G has also started being able to raise her legs slightly off the ground. She is extremely happy as she didn't believe she would ever be able to do this. G is more confident now, she believes she can do more and wants to do more. G now uses her improvement to show her husband, who was also recently diagnosed with Parkinsons, that you can still maintain a certain level of independence. Other residents have said how proud they are of G for the improvement she has made.
Halina says that any improvement can make her day and she loves to see that she can make a difference and improve people's lives. She says that without a doubt she would rate Oomph! 10 out of 10.
G actively seeks out the Oomph! instructors to make sure she’s not missing a class - prior to the Oomph! classes, G wouldn’t come out of her room. Her family are so pleased with the transformation. G’s neice said she feels her attitude is far more positive and she seems more alert, as well as improving physically. G mobilises well from a chair to a wheelchair, however after 3 weeks of attending Oomph! she is able to walk a very short distance by herself.
G has become much more sociable, happy and full of life. When she was younger, although she loved dancing, her mother didn't allow her to dance and the classes have really brought out her true self. She was asked what she would like for her 102nd birthday and she asked for an Oomph! party.
She’s also having a great impact on the other residents: a new lady took a while to settle in, but was really encouraged by G to join in the Oomph! classes and she now looks like a different person and they’re good friends.
Shirley Randle, Manager at Drayton Court says "I've been around a long time and I've never seen anything like it. It's what we've always wanted in the home.”