Abbeyfield’s mission to enhance the lives of older people.
Gym facilities and personal training at a development for older people; whatever next? At Abbeyfield’s new, forward-thinking scheme in Girton, Cambridge, fitness is just one of the wellbeing activities on offer.
The UK population now includes some 12,000 centenarians. There are more people aged over 60 than there are people under 18 – and our aspirations for later life are very different to those of our parents. Abbeyfield, a charitable organisation with a mission to enhance the quality of life for older people, has embraced this challenge and has developed a solution which offers accommodation for today’s older people and for future generations.
Our new communities for the over 55’s – such as Girton – are welcoming and spacious, offering individual apartments with a variety of tenure options, where style and function meet to offer residents home comforts, with access to different levels of support as their needs change. With a full programme of activities; a restaurant, which is open to non-residents; a café and shop run by residents; a wellbeing area; communal lounge and activity room, we can offer a safe environment that encourages independence, new friendships and, above all, quality of life.
Keeping active is a vital part of our ethos for the wellbeing of older people. Girton, for example offers a gym and personal trainer, as well as a pool and spa, aimed at improving the health and mobility of many of the residents.
The facilities are also open to members of the local community. Alongside classes in Tai Chi, seated tap dancing, circuit training, keep fit, and aqua fit, we also offer table tennis for the residents, introduced by popular demand, following the showing of the film Ping Pong in our on-site cinema.
Girton’s residential trainer, Ian Batchelor says: “We’re very proud of the facilities we can offer and the use of the gym, swimming pool and exercise classes have had a positive impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of the residents, as well as creating new friendships amongst gym-goers.
“The opportunity to use specialised gym and hydrotherapy equipment has helped in the rehabilitation of residents with joint and muscular problems.
“Our residents have told us that working on a one-to-one basis with a fitness trainer has really helped them to enjoy their physical activity programmes and classes.�?
With the emphasis on independence, Abbeyfield’s new developments encourage older people to stay self-sufficient for as long as possible, while ensuring that support is available when and if it’s needed.
Relationships flourish in our communities. Residents can participate in activities and hobbies, and there is even the opportunity to volunteer within the scheme, providing an extra dimension to enrich later life.
As a charity with more than 50 years’ experience in helping people live well in later life – in more than 700 supported living houses and care homes – developments such as Girton Green are just one way in which Abbeyfield is offering older people a positive move. With a few remaining apartments for sale and rent, Abbeyfield welcomes enquiries from older people and their families.