Fit For Life Specialised Exercise Therapy Training

Exercise Therapy for Older Adults – Foundation Level – Activity Coordinators/Health Care Assistants
Exercise Therapy for Older Adults – Advanced Level – Qualified Therapists
Exercise Therapy for Alzheimer’s and related Dementia
Home Exercise Programme delivery

 

In 2001 Fit For Life introduced our Group Exercise Therapy programmes to nursing homes in Ireland. To the great credit of nursing home owners the immediate uptake all around the country was incredible and we are still delivering group sessions to many of those nursing homes to this day.

Over the year programmes have been constantly improving and diversifying using best practice research and the onsite practical knowledge and expertise of our therapists. As a result we now not only have the best practice group programmes but also programmes that actually logistically work in all types of settings and with all types of participant profile.

Our numerous programmes are suitable for very dependent residents in nursing homes right the way through to active independent older adults in the wider community.

It is important to note that all of our classes are progressive in nature regardless of what level they may be tailored to. In addition, if there’s one thing we aim to pass on, it is that anyone can participate in an exercise class regardless of their physical or cognitive capabilities. Of course the most important aspect to continued participation is that participants have fun while knowing that they are safely challenged to maintain or improve their independence.

Depending on your level of expertise and training we provide a foundation level group exercise therapy, advanced level and specific group programmes for those with Alzheimer’s or related dementias.

 

Exercise Therapy for Older Adults – Foundation Level – Activity Coordinators/Health Care Assistants

This workshop is suitable for those individuals such as Activity Co-Ordinators, Healthcare Assistants or Home Carers with an enthusiasm to deliver group exercise therapy. We educate you or a team member on the key principles of exercise programming, using taught programmes and equipment. They learn how to set up a class and what systems are needed to ensure its safety and continuation.

You/your team member will leave this course with the knowledge and confidence to run an effective exercise class and if they choose to progress into different areas, we have other courses to suit that training choice.

Outline:

  • Introduction to Fit For Life and course content
  • Introduction to physical activity & exercise guidelines for older adults
  • Benefits of exercise and exercise guidelines for older adults
  • Individual components – group type, session structure, basic anatomy
  • Safety considerations
  • Exercise and Dementia
  • Practical Exercise Delivery

Duration: 3 day course. Certified 24 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house or at our Training Centre and Clinic

Results/Benefits

  • You or your team member can deliver a Fit For Life quality group session, which has been developed over years of experience.
  • Your team get to learn from experienced therapists who have expert knowledge on effective exercise delivery.
  • You have continued support from Fit For Life if your team need a refresher or upskill session on exercise delivery.
     

Exercise Therapy for Older Adults – Advanced Level – Qualified Therapists

This three day course is an advanced training programme that is suitable for qualified therapists such as chartered Physiotherapists who wish to be able to prescribe and deliver best practice group exercise therapy for older adults of all capabilities.

This training outlines the specific changes that occur at
a physiological level through the ageing process and what implications this has on delivering safe and progressive exercise therapy for older adults. A brief review of common conditions and contraindications to exercise is covered.

The prevalence of falls in the older adult population and the common falls risks factors are discussed with the role and responsibility of an allied healthcare professional involved in a falls prevention programme.

Practical sessions detailing the set up, delivery, use of appropriate outcome measures, analysing findings and prescribing the appropriate exercise intervention is investigated with practical demonstrations interspersed throughout the training days.

The overall aim of this programme is that all participants will be able to deliver advanced group and individual exercise therapy programmes to an older adult population.

Outline:

  • Introduction to FFL and course content
  • The ageing process and the ageing body
  • Benefits of exercise and exercise guidelines for older adults
  • Contraindication of common medical conditions and surgical procedures
  • Falls, prevalence and risk factors
  • Appropriate outcome measures and exercise prescription
  • Strength, cardiovascular and flexibility
  • Falls prevention and balance exercise progression
  • Backward chaining
  • Exercise and dementia
  • Theory and practical assessment

Duration: 3 day course. Certified 24 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house or at our Training Centre and Clinic

Results/Benefits

  • Up to date and best practice knowledge in relation to the ageing and the positive effects of exercise prescription
  • In depth theory and practical demonstrations from experienced therapists who have expert knowledge on effective exercise delivery.
  • You have continued support from Fit For Life if your team need a refresher or upskill session on exercise delivery.
  • Certification from Fit For Life to deliver our specialised programmes
  • Credits towards becoming a Fit For Life Certified Therapist

 

This one day course teaches the participants how to design and deliver group and individual exercise therapy programmes to persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementia. Fit For Life have developed programmes that engage the participants whereby a safe, enjoyable and productive group intervention can take place.

The aims of the group session is to primarily improve physical function, improve ability to perform ADLs and reduce the risk of falls. Other positive side effects of delivering an enjoyable group session are improved mood and reduced agitation.

Important aspects of delivering exercise therapy to persons with Alzheimer’s and related dementia include recognising the cognitive ability of the participants and having the understanding that programmes must be flexible.

Outline:

  • Overview of Alzheimer’s and related Dementia
  • Understanding the stages of dementia
  • Aims and goals for exercise intervention
  • Appropriate exercise and activities
  • Use of instructions
  • Behaviour that is challenging
  • Types of group programmes
  • Adaptations to programmes

Duration: 1 day course. Certified 8 CPD points

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house or at our Training Centre and Clinic

Results/Benefits

  • Participants will have a basic understanding of the benefits of delivering an exercise programme to this population
  • Ability to deliver a Fit For Life Certified group exercise programme
  • Credits towards becoming a Fit For Life Certified therapist

 

Home Exercise Programme delivery (activity therapist, healthcare assistant)

Depending on whether you have your own in-house physiotherapist, a private physiotherapist, or a Fit For Life physiotherapist on your team, having team members trained up to deliver their individual programmes is key to goal setting.

When a team member can deliver a personal exercise programme designed by your physiotherapist, there are elements your team can support. This allows the client to carry out, for example, daily prescribed exercises, motomed programmes and mobility programmes, which help to ensure the client gets an opportunity to meet their set goals.

Your team member will be educated on the programme support. It will always be an ongoing referral between physiotherapist and the home exercise programmer deliverer. The physiotherapist will create initial programmes and they will manage re-assessments and continuation or discharge at pre agreed timelines.

Outline

  • To understand the principles of exercise prescription for the older adult
  • To follow Home Exercise Programmes designed by a Physiotherapist or Exercise and Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Safe progression of a home Exercise programme

Duration: 1 day course. Certified 8 CPD points.

Venue: The workshop can be completed in-house or at our Falls Prevention Clinic

Results/Benefits

  • To be able to assist someone to carry out a safe and progressive home exercise programme
  • Enhanced rehabilitation without direct therapist intervention and therefore less cost
  • Improved independence and a reduction in transfer or manual handling needs