Our residents are staying fit and active in later life thanks to visits from their very own fully qualified exercise practitioner and manual therapist.
Richard Bradshaw, who is based in Taunton, has worked with sports stars such as the New Zealand ‘All Blacks’ and the Wales national football and rugby squads, as well as professional golfers on the European PGA tour in Europe and South Africa.
Now Richard is using his skills and experience to help people who live in our village deal with the lasting effects of conditions such as Parkinson’s and strokes, and recover from injuries caused by slips, trips and falls.
“I visit residents in their homes and create individually-tailored programs of exercises and activities depending on their needs and capabilities,” he explains. “These improve strength, balance, mobility and general fitness, enabling residents to go about their lives and involve themselves in Blagdon’s thriving social scene.”
Because they are able to stay active, our residents also benefit from improved confidence levels and mental wellbeing. This helps them to avoid problems typically associated with later life such as loneliness, isolation and depression.
One 95-year-old lady who injured herself after a bad fall said: “Richard visits me at home for one-on-one rehabilitation sessions twice a week, which are highly inspirational and great fun too. This is helping me to stay physically fit, mobile and sociable. It means I can make the most out my retirement.”
Richard has degrees in sports and exercise sciences and sports and exercise psychology. He decided to work in this field after suffering a sports injury when he was younger.
“I get an enormous amount of personal satisfaction from my job,” Richard commented. “It feels great to have a positive impact on people’s lives, especially those in later life who want to relax and enjoy themselves.”