Health and Wellbeing 'All Together Better' at Bramley Court

The ‘All Together Better’ programme at Bramley Court provides all residents with a personalised programme of movement and exercise focused on improving their overall health and wellbeing, tailored to suit their individual needs. The team works with personalised trainers to run a range of exercises classes each week to suit each residents’ needs and preferences, including circuit training, boxercise and Tai Chi.

When a resident joins the programme we conduct a comprehensive assessment of their mobility levels led by specialists in rehabilitation for older people. The outcome of which is a personalised exercise programme, combining group classes and individual support facilitated by our trained exercise champions and fitness instructors. We believe movement and mobility are an integral part of promoting independence and wellbeing for our residents. Three levels of intensity are offered so residents can move through the levels as they progress.

The programme is offered to those in our community so residents are able to make new friends, which increases feelings of wellbeing and confidence. Bramley residents have membership of a local health club, where they can use all facilities including the swimming pool, providing another dimension to their wellbeing programme.

Holistic Therapy at Bramley

As part of our approach to improving our residents’ wellbeing and quality of life we provide a range of holistic therapies and treatments in our Elegance salon and beauty room. Therapies include aromatherapy massage, reflexology, foot massage, Reiki (energy healing) and massage. Our therapist also provides treatments to residents in their rooms, ensuring we reach all of those who are unable to visit the salon and everyone has the opportunity to benefit from improved wellbeing.

See how our some of our residents have benefitted from our approach to health and wellbeing:

Margaret came to Bramley inhibited with anxiety, unable to get dressed or make any decisions about her day. She walked with a frame and only occasionally made the journey from her bedroom to the dining room. With the help of the All Together Better programme, Margaret now attends all three exercise classes, including the high intensity circuit training. She walks upright with the aid of a stick, even taking trips walking to our local duck pond. Her goal is to walk around the village of Histon, independently. Margaret is now a great ambassador for our All Together Better programme and has become a confident member of the community, helping other residents, doing chores around the home and working on reception – as well as having a full social calendar. Her family are overwhelmed with Margaret’s development since coming to Bramley and truly believe her time at the home has changed her life.

Dorothy moved to Bramley early in the summer. She spent much of her day quite upset and disorientated to time and place, refusing to join in any of the activities offered. She was set with a date to move to another sheltered living setting at the beginning of the month. However, through gentle encouragement, Dorothy was introduced to the holistic therapy. Through her use of our holistic therapies, she embarked on an emotional journey and was able to address many deeply buried feelings in a positive way. Dorothy now makes her appointment weekly without fail. Since embarking on the programme, she has now chosen to remain at Bramley Court. Dorothy states she feels at home here and everyone is very friendly, often saying: “I don’t want to go anywhere else, I’d be too lonely”.