Tuesday December 7, 2021


Leading Scottish care provider Balhousie Care Group is partnering with award-winning social enterprise Oomph! to give residents an even wider range of activities.

Perth-based Balhousie, which prides itself on meaningful, person-centred activities, has signed up to give each of its 26 care homes access to Oomph! On Demand, a digital platform providing engaging exercise and activity content 365 days a year.

Oomph! On Demand enables residents to tune into live and recorded exercise sessions, including ballet, salsa and Bollywood dancing. They will also be able to enjoy a wide variety of activity resources, from virtual tours of Scotland to language lessons, and from history talks to music concerts from their armchairs.

The site includes interactive quizzes, activity ideas and an interactive activity calendar. Care home staff and residents will be able to select activities according to their desired wellbeing goal or personal interests.

Balhousie Care Group’s Luncarty home in Perthshire has been shortlisted for a Scottish Care Award for the meaningful activities it provides.

Sheilah Harvey, Head of Operations at Balhousie Care Group, said: “We’re thrilled to announce this important partnership with Oomph! The digital platform is a sign of the times and, in our minds, an important step in keeping our residents stimulated and occupied every day. The Activities Coordinators in each of our homes will oversee the wide range of activities on offer. At this time of intermittent lockdowns, this programme is another string to our bow in providing high quality care.”

Ben Allen, Chief Executive Officer of Oomph! Wellness, said: “Recent times have been very challenging for care home residents. So, we have sharpened our focus on the life-affirming things that older adults can do. The Oomph! On Demand platform is a great opportunity to enhance quality of life in care homes and we are delighted to be partnering with Balhousie to deliver fantastic new opportunities to their residents.”

For more information visit www.balhousiecare.co.uk

Photo caption: Fiona Mellanby, resident at Balhousie Dalnaglar in Crieff, tries a Christmas drawing activity with Activities Coordinator Hannah Sneddon. Jane gained local and national press recognition for decorating the care home’s windows with her colourful art.

Link to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4Tz-h9okvU

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For media enquiries please contact Gillian Drummond on gillian.drummond@balhousiecare.co.uk or call 07365 284994.

Notes to Editors

About Balhousie Care Group

Balhousie Care Group was formed 30 years ago to fill a gap in quality residential care in North East Scotland. Today, with 26 homes in the area, it is one of the leading providers of care for the elderly in Scotland, providing care to over 900 residents.

Balhousie Care prides itself on its person-centred approach to care. Putting people right at the forefront of everything they do; it’s inclusive of everyone. They capture this philosophy through the roll out of ‘Together We’re Great’, an initiative which recognises the skills, talents, attributes and support areas for each and every person involved in the organisation. Together We’re Great aims to value individuality and promote excellence across the organisation.

A Participation Charter – a first-of-its-kind in the care home sector – commits to residents getting a bigger say than ever in the care they receive, from writing care home policies to recruiting staff.

Balhousie Care Group is the recipient of numerous awards. These include: three Scottish Care Awards; a Great British Care Award 2021; 2019 Growth Business and 2018 Service Business of the Year at The Courier Business Awards; 2019 Growth Business of the Year Perthshire Chamber of Commerce STAR Award; and SME Scotland Business Man of the Year 2019 for Chairman Tony Banks.

About Oomph!

Oomph! is the UK’s leading wellbeing business for older adults, to enhance mental, physical and emotional wellbeing. Through innovative exercise and activity solutions, Oomph! drive to positively change the impact of ageing with a clear proposition of a ‘Full Life for Life’. Whatever your passion, interest and physical ability their team of dedicated experts work with you to enjoy life… you have one life, so let’s give it some Oomph!