Gentle exercise sessions will be introduced in Wolverhampton's care homes thanks to a partnership between the City of Wolverhampton Council and the Black Country Integrated Care Board.

A total of £47,000 is being invested to provide strength and balance and general exercise sessions to help improve the physical activity levels of older adults in local care homes over the next 12 months. Staff will also be trained on how to deliver similar sessions so that they continue beyond the initial funding.

It will include a range of gentle exercise activities based on best practice evidence, with group and one to one sessions aimed at reducing the risk of falls and improving the overall physical and mental wellbeing of residents. 

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "This partnership will offer residents the chance to take part in gentle leisure activities in the comfort of their own care home.

"It will also help with our recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic as we know that a lot of older people were less mobile during the pandemic, meaning they will not be as strong as they otherwise might be."

Councillor Linda Leach, Cabinet Member for Adult Services, added: "We have 1,800 care home residents in the city, and we hope to be able to work with as many of them as possible over the next 12 months, helping improve their health and wellbeing and also reducing their risk of having a fall."