Care home gets its walking boots on to help reduce isolation

An Eye care home is launching a walking scheme. Picture: Care UK

An Eye care home is launching a walking scheme. Picture: Care UK - Credit: Archant

Residents at Hartismere Place care home in Eye are putting their walking boots on for an eight-week scheme on the Thornham Estate.

The home is working with Pargeter Fund, Friends of Thornham Walks, and the Thornham Estate, to reduce social isolation, encourage independence, and promote a healthy lifestyle for older people.

The Care UK home, on Castleton Way, has organised for residents to explore the parkland along the 12-mile-stretch of the estate known as the Thornham Walks.

Matthew Calver, home manager at Hartismere Place, said: 'Physical activity is great for improving the well-being of residents, and is something that is very important to us at Hartismere Place.'

Residents will visit the estate once a week.

Mr Calver added: 'When we first started our relationship with Thornham Walks last year, it was brilliant to see how much the residents really thrived in the beautiful landscapes of the Thornham Estate.