EXTEND Exercise Training

EXTEND Exercise is a registered charity, number 802498. Its purpose is to promote physical training and education for persons over sixty and/or less able people to help them develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacity so that they may realise their full potential as individuals and members of society and that their quality of life may be improved. EXTEND Exercise has its roots in exercise, movement and dance. By significantly improving and maintaining the health and wellbeing of otherwise frail people, EXTEND Exercise reduces expenditure of health and social care departments throughout the UK.

10 February 2016
Care, Local Authorities, Other, Recreation, Education Sector, Commissioners Sector

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

EXTEND Exercise’s mission is to promote health, mobility and independence, improve strength, co-ordination and balance and to counteract loneliness and isolation.
EXTEND Exercise’s teachers hold exercise classes for approximately 25,000 older or disabled people throughout the UK in a number of settings including care homes and community groups.
EXTEND provides quality assured training through accredited qualifications ensuring a safe and fun exercise environment.
Activity is essential to a person’s wellbeing and gives purpose and enjoyment to the day. Exercise can help people with dementia and enjoy the best quality of life for as long as possible. 

EXTEND Exercise Teachers report that in people with dementia, music can inspire movement, enhance mood and awaken interests and attention. Participants have fun with other people making new friendships and new social networks. In addition, a study (Van de winkel et al 2004) suggests that a music based exercise program in a group of patients with moderate to severe dementia can have a beneficial effect on cognition. Reasoning, judgments and decisions are enhanced and relationships can be sustained.

EXTEND Exercise can assist in delivering these improved outcomes for people with dementia.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

  1. Employees of care providers are finding difficulty sourcing funding from social and health care commissioners to support their training with EXTEND Exercise.
  2. Care home managers are reluctant to give their staff opportunities to train in spite of the benefits to their residents.
  3. EXTEND Exercise teachers may require further specialist training to maintain standards in the care of dementia clients.

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2. Actions

  • Candidate funding

    We are providing a greater variety of courses including those that are shorter and less costly whilst maintaining accreditation and a high standard of training. We are liaising with government agencies to promote EXTEND Exercise and the benefits of exercise in older adults and disabled people.


    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    EXTEND continues to offer a high standard of accredited training to teachers to ensure consistency and quality of class provision for participants, particularly with those with dementia.

  • Care homes

    We are providing accredited chair based teacher training courses. This level 2 Award (QCF) is approved and supported by Skills for Care and Development. We advertise the courses widely to care homes and group providers.


    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    Recognising the many benefits of music to those with dementia, we have raised awareness amongst EXTEND teachers about the impact that music  selection can have within their classes, especially in the care home setting.

  • Specialist training for EXTEND exercise teachers

    All qualified EXTEND Exercise teachers are expected to attend one Continuing Professional Development Day (CPD) per annum.EXTEND Exercise aims to source specialist dementia trainers to assist in the delivery of CPD education.


    2015 - Second Quarter Update

    EXTEND continues to seek those with specialist knowledge of dementia to raise awareness amongst EXTEND teachers.