Drive to improve wellness this winter

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Care homes in South Yorkshire are taking part in a campaign to promote wellbeing for older people this winter.

Broomcroft House Nursing and Residential Home at Hunters Bar in Sheffield is leading a week of activities to drill home the importance of emotional and physical wellness during the coldest months of the year.

The Winter Wellness scheme, which offers free food, exercise sessions and advice, is being run by service provider Bupa and the Royal Voluntary Service. It will be extended to other homes in the region and the wider community.

There will also be live musical performances, with music chosen by Bupa Care Service residents asked to select feel-good songs. Louis Armstrong’s 1968 hit What a Wonderful World came out on top.

Siobhan Drane, community manager at Bupa, said: “Using music to improve general wellbeing is just one of the many ways we are able to support the elderly in South Yorkshire over the coming weeks.”

Verity Haines, a marketing director at the Royal Voluntary Service, said: “Autumn is the perfect time for older people to start thinking about how they can keep well and warm in winter and preparation plays an important part.”