Elderly Residents of Heather Grange, a care home located on Queens Road, Burnley have received a welcome boost to their health and wellbeing after the installation of a new power assisted exercise chair – the Shapemaster ‘Enabler’ – the first in use by a care home in the North of England.

One resident in particular 90-year old Alice Davies has found the chair to have totally changed her life bringing back some mobility to her legs and the confidence to walk. Alice has been a resident of Heather Grange, a purpose built care home set close to the General Hospital in Burnley, since December 2011.

She was assessed to need full time care after a bad fall at home in November 2011 which meant she was unable to walk. Alice lived on her own after the death of her husband in 1988.

“Before the introduction of the Enabler I couldn’t get up the steps to the home’s mini bus which is used to take us out for daily trips to the shops, local market and marina. I enjoy going to the local antique market but I had to take a separate car leaving my friends on the mini bus.”

Alice Davies, Resident at Heather Grange

“Alice has been using the Enabler four/five times a week to strengthen the muscles in her legs because she really struggled with her mobility. The chair works by automatically moving her arms and legs to encourage movement and strength back into the muscles. In the five weeks that Alice has been using the chair she has seen a marked difference and is now able to use the mini bus”.

Tony Grundy, Activity Manager at Heather Grange explained.

The Enabler which has been installed in the care home’s activity room is accessible to all of our residents and is proving to be very popular, creating a real buzz in the home with residents all keen to have a go.

Improved Mobility for Elderly Residents at Heather Grange

“It has not only provided great excitement but has extremely valuable health benefits. By strengthening muscles in the legs, arms and knees it can help with mobility as seen with Alice, and also strengthen pelvic muscles thereby reducing the loss of bladder and bowel control and encourage ongoing good health. All of this can add to maintaining the dignity and independence of our residents and their overall quality of life.”

Tony Grundy, Activity Manager Heather Grange.

The new exercise chair provides many benefits to the care home’s residents and is the first in use by a care home in the North of England. By using an electronic power system, the Enabler is a power assisted exercise machine that provides smooth, gentle exercise designed to stretch and strengthen all the major muscle groups. This form of exercise has been specially designed to help those with even the poorest mobility and because it can be used passively or actively, it is regarded as one of the most inclusive exercise solutions available. Shapemaster equipment is recommended across the world by physiotherapists and has been proven through research at Human Performance Laboratories to improve health in a number of different areas.
About Heather GrangeHeather Grange is owned by Silk Healthcare, a family run business established by Angela Swift in
2009. Silk Healthcare continues to provide affordable facilities within luxurious surroundings and specialises in high quality residential and dementia care for the elderly.