Care homes in Norwich are being encouraged to take part in ‘Pimp My Zimmer’.
Some care homes have already made a start, getting residents to decorate their walking frames.
Why? Well it’s great fun but it’s also much, much more than that:
- It helps older people recognise their own walking frame when they want to walk. If they pick the wrong walking frame that is not adjusted for their height then they are at much greater risk of falling.
- The personalisation helps people connect with their frames – especially for those living with a cognitive impairment or dementia. The more colourful the better, as often grey frames “disappear” into their surroundings and are difficult to see.
- Doing things and having fun makes life better. The care homes that have embraced ‘Pimp My Zimmer’ have been enriching their residents’ lives.
- Social exclusion is a problem in our society. Schools and colleges could bring the generations together by helping their local care home decorate walking frames.
- It is something children can do with their granny or granddad.