Move more, feel better...
For over 30 years, we’ve been helping people to move more and feel better.
Three years ago, we created the I Can Therapy Centre. We help people move and mobilise their muscles and joints using specialist power assisted exercise equipment.
‘I Can’ inspires confidence and belief in people. We mainly help those who are older, inactive, deconditioned and managing one or more long-term health conditions such as Parkinson’s, MS, stroke, heart disease, lung disease and arthritis.
Creating I Can Connect...
COVID-19 and the lockdowns have proved incredibly challenging for our I Can family . Many people are feeling less mobile, stiff, achy and in pain. Their health and wellbeing is deteriorating due to the continued restrictions in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
In March 2020, the I Can team, Ann, Sam, and Jayne, created the idea of I Can Connect. Initially a weekly newsletter to stay connected, it featured brain teasers, healthy recipes, mindful quotes and links to online exercises. The concept quickly progressed to include contact phone calls.
Voluntarily made by the team, the phone calls were met with joy and great success by our customers who valued being thought of. Feedback revealed they would have liked to see the I Can team delivering the exercises. It has been clear that the team remaining personally connected with people is of great importance especially with a second lockdown now in place.
Achieving the impossible...
The I Can Connect phone calls certainly helped Frances.
Having gained great benefit from exercising at the I Can Therapy Centre prior to lockdown, Frances was more mobile. She had stopped using her walking stick and was getting up and down the stairs without support. She was also able to pick things up off the floor herself without using a grabber.
During lockdown Frances tried to remain active at home although she found it difficult to recreate the power assisted exercises and her motivation started to fade.
Frances loved hearing Jayne’s friendly and enthusiastic voice during the I Can Connect phone calls. She felt supported and a part of the I Can family. Frances also shared photos of her home exercise programme with Jayne to show her what she was up to and get some feedback!
I Can @ Home...
Due to additional restrictions placed on the delivery of the I Can service; beneficiaries have not been able to take full advantage of the facility. In response to this additional challenge, Sam developed the I Can @ Home wellbeing booklet.
The I Can @ Home wellbeing book complements the redesigned I Can exercise experience enabling people to keep moving, mobile and motivated at home. Filled with an exercise guide, goal setting support, exercise diary, healthy recipe and local activity guide, I Can @ Home is being met with great success.
Frances loves it. She says she is more confident to keep active at home and loves that the team have featured pictures of themselves doing the exercises.
From concept to reality...
We are fundraising to bring this idea to life, to expand the reach of the service and enable more older people to move more, feel better and stay connected. We believe that keeping in touch with people is key, we know that phone calls are well received and help people feel remembered and valued, we are experienced at helping and enthusing people to stay moving and mobile which helps them to feel better.
We now need your support and your donation to help us raise sufficient funds to create and design more I Can @ Home exercise books, to print sufficient copies of the booklet to deliver to older people by post or electronically and to develop an online platform on which people can subscribe to the I Can Connect service for themselves or for their loved ones.