Exercise Instructor - Older Adult Nursing Homes 

*Please note that this page is for Nursing home management or staff only. If you wish to enquire or book exercise delivery training courses as an individual please click here.

In 2001 Fit For Life introduced our Group Exercise programmes to nursing homes in Ireland which we are based on improving residents strength using resistance bands. 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 diversifying and improving and 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 exercise classes are progressive in nature regardless of what level they may be tailored to. We also deliver Physical Activity classes which are not as progessive in nature and can be more flexible with an aim to interest & engage participants with teh associated helath benefits. 

 

If there’s one thing we aim to pass on, it is that anyone can participate in an Exercise or Physical Activity 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, helath and well-being. 

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

Our evidence-based courses have been developed through our years of experience to enable attendees to upskill to deliver fun and effective group exercise & physical activity classes and individual programmes.

We have a comprehensive foundation level courses(see below) in exercise delivery to older adults which cover all aspects of progressive and safe programmes which when completed give you and opportuntity to further upskill with additional add on courses

Whether you are a practicing Therapist, Nurse, Activities Coordinator or Health Care Assistant, we have a course tailored to you!  Please see below for course content and information on upcoming courses.

 

 

 

 

 

*This course is not being run at the moment due to Covid-19 restrictions 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on bespoke exercise delivery training packages for your home or group of homes please call us on (01) 213 7915  or click button below and  we will contact you as soon as possible. 

Exercise Instruction for Older Adults - Foundation Level - Online 'Live'


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. Outline:​

  • 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: 2 day course. Certified 16 CPD points Venue: Online 'Live' 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.
  • Once completed you are qualified to register for additional specialist one day training courses. To find out more please click the 'Additional Specialist Training Courses' button below.
How does it work?
The innovative courses is a mixture of interactive e-learning modules and live zoom group sessions. We send the participant an email with their login information. On the course day, they login to zoom for the live and interactive practical sessions. And when prompted, they login to the interactive e-learning platform - so they click on and work through engaging images and content at their own pace online. We then come back together for further live interactive practical zoom sessions. Participants will require a laptop or tablet (not a phone) and a good, stable internet connection to complete our courses. They will also need a quiet place to work from for the duration of the course, which can be from work or home! To find outmore information please click the appropriate request to book button below and a member of our team will contact you as soon as possible!




Exercise Instructor for Older Adults – Qualified Therapists*


*this course is currently not available due to Covid-19 Restrictions In 2018 the evidence has never been stronger in the value, importance and benefits of appropriately prescribed exercise for older adults at all levels of capabilities both physically and cognitively. Since 2001 Fit For Life have been delivering progressive group and individual exercise programmes using best practice outcome measures to older adults in the community and long-term residential care. These programmes have been delivered by our multi-disciplined team of Chartered Physiotherapists, Physical Therapists, Certified Athletic Rehabilitation Therapists and Exercise Physiologists. Our group exercise sessions have always been at the core of our services and have enabled us to interact with thousands of older adults on a weekly basis in an enjoyable, beneficial and cost-effective manner. If you enjoy working with older adults as much as we do, this three-day course will give you the knowledge and know how to design and deliver seated exercise programmes that will make a difference to older adults. Outline:

  • Introduction to FFL and course content
  • Review benefits of exercise and Physical Activity guidelines for older adults.
  • Introduction to group exercise – Safety, Structure, Location set up, Group profiles
  • Review of all components & equipment used in group session appropriate for older adults – Warm Up & Cool down, Stretching, Flexibility, Endurance, Resistance and posture exercises
  • Exercise guidelines for those living Alzheimer’s and related Dementia
  • Review common conditions & specific guidelines
  • Introduce functional tests and review exercise prescription guidelines and development and progression of exercise programmes.
Duration: 2 Day course. Certified 16 CPD points. Location: Fit For Life Training Centre, 2-3 Sandyford Village, Dublin 18; and locations nationwide. 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.
To find outmore information please click the appropriate request to book button below and a member of our team will contact you as soon as possible!




Exercise Instruction for Older Adults - Foundation Level*


*this course is currently not available due to Covid-19 Restrictions 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 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 will be completed in-house or at our Training Centre and Clinic In Sandyford or designated regional locations 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.
  • Once completed you can register for additional one day training courses.
To find out more information please click the appropriate request to book button below and a member of our team will contact you as soon as possible!