12 ideas for Celebrating National Walking Month

Residents Irene and Dorothy with their personalised walking frames

12 ideas for celebrating National Walking Month 

This month sees a campaign to promote the benefits of walking and to get everyone walking, no matter what their level of fitness. Walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to be more active and healthy with the benefits to us as we get older attracting much media interest in recent times. Why not join a local walk, link up with local walking groups or even host your own to raise funds for a local charity – not forgetting to include your wheelchair users in these as well!

 

Below are a few ideas that you could try for National Pet Month.

1. Walk & Talk – organise personal one to one walks with residents (obviously in wheelchair if needs be). This doesn’t need to be far but just gives them a personal experience, some fresh air and most importantly, time to talk. Maybe take along a hot chocolate from your destination station using the brighterkind outdoor cups?

2. Reminisce with them about any walking they may have done previously; talk about the use of different accessories now available eg. walking boots, sticks, protein bars etc. I am sure back in their day they
didn’t have stuff like that! How did they manage? Was walking seen as a hobby back then?

3. Walk and Talk on a larger scale - include relatives and team members on a community walk.

4. Walking Club - maybe make this a regular thing and try out new places?

5. Walking club refreshments – get other residents who may not want to walk involved in helping with refreshments for when the walkers get back

6. Make badges and posters with your residents for your sponsored walk event Community

7. Run a sponsored walk – join up with local walking clubs/groups for a sponsored walk, moneys to be raised for a chosen charity or even for an item for the home?

8. Hold an after party/celebratory event in the home to thank all members for joining in and contributing to the day

9. For those less able maybe do some sponsored “walking” in a special Oomph! class with something as simple as 10 steps each

10. Run a sponsored walk – join up with local walking clubs/groups for a sponsored walk, moneys to be raised for a chosen charity or even for an item for the home?

11. Hold an after party/celebratory event in the home to thank all members for joining in and contributing to the day

12. For those less able maybe do some sponsored “walking” in a special Oomph! class with something as simple as 10 steps each

Here are some handy online resources to help you: 

www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/fundraise/just-walk/nationalwalking-month
www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/fundraise/just-walk/walking-ideas
www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/fundraise/just-walk/resources
www.walkswithwheelchairs.com/
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/ourtop-accessible-walks

In brighterkind care homes, we believe in living life to the full. That’s why we’re passionate about creating vibrant, stimulating activities that will help our residents to love every day. We call them: ‘Magic Moments’. For more about our Magic Moments Club for residents, please visit: https://www.brighterkind.com/about-us/recreation-and-activity  Activities are personalised and reflect the interests and hobbies of our nursing care, residential care and dementia care residents.