Date added: Monday 23rd August 2010
Latest updated: Monday 8th September 2014
Elderly residents in a supported housing scheme in Efford are mastering video gaming and hosting film nights, thanks to funding from local charities.
The 39 residents at St Paul's Court, an extra-care scheme run by Ridgeway Community Housing Association, enjoy gentle activities such as tennis and bowls with the help of a Nintendo Wii. They have also bought a TV/DVD player and laptop with the £1500 grant from The Drake Foundation and Devon Community Foundation.
Suzanne Broome, Ridgeway's housing support worker, said: "Residents can now watch films together and play games on the games console, which helps their mobility. The stretching and hand-eye co-ordination keeps both their bodies and minds active."
Resident Val Prisk, 79, said: "I was a bit nervous to have a go on the Wii at first, but I was glad I did as I played ten pin bowling and won. We also play golf and it's great because it makes us socialise and I've made more friends. We play games for hours: it really passes the time."
Residents are also getting to grips with internet access on their new laptop and have learned to do their food shopping online so their weekly shop is delivered to their door.
Staff and residents plan to invite people from other similar housing schemes and the local community to attend film events and games sessions and give others the opportunity to enjoy social activities.
Ridgeway has four extra-care schemes, with two in Plymouth and another two in Wiltshire. A fifth will open in Liskeard, Cornwall, in October and will be the county's first purpose-built extra-care scheme.
Extra-care lets frail, older people live on their own home with support, including personal care, help with domestic tasks and providing meals. There are also communal facilities, including lounge, dining area, hobbies room, laundry, assisted bathroom, and maintained gardens, as well as the chance to join in social activities.
For more information call (01752) 769633.
(Courtesey of the 24dash.com site)