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Patients at Lindsey Lodge Hospice and Healthcare are benefitting from regular sessions of Chair Based Exercise following recent training for staff.

The training from Sarah Bolitho of All Active, was attended by a wide cross section of Lindsey Lodge’s Clinical Team and volunteers to enable inpatients, day patients and outpatients to have access to Chair Based Exercise regularly throughout the week.

Lindsey Lodge Advanced Care Practitioner Occupational Therapist Sarah Hodge, who is leading the initiative said: “Chair Based Exercise aids mobility function, builds muscle strength and reduces fatigue. It’s a great way to get people moving without the fear of falling.”

She added: “We’re offering group and one-to-one sessions, and are prescribing this for patients in the same way we would a tablet. Our healthcare assistants in the Wellbeing Centre have already started to deliver sessions, and we have received positive feedback.

“Because it can be low, or high level, our inpatients can also benefit from the sessions, which last between 15 minutes to an hour.

“All that’s needed is a chair, so it’s definitely something that can be practised at home, and our patients also have an activity they can do with their family member of carer.”

Lindsey Lodge now aims to bring Chair Based Exercise to its Breath Easy Enablement Programme (BEEP) and potentially as a group therapy for its Lymphoedema patients.

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