Joan’s Story

Read about how Joan gained confidence and became more active after getting support from WIN!

Meet Joan Russell, a lovely 91 year young lady, who is virtually blind. She has a small amount of vision in one eye. She requested support from the WIN team to join a low impact exercise group near to where she lives, to help support her to improve her flexibility. She has been struggling with getting around on foot, especially walking up the stairs and she had been used to using a stair lift at home for ease.

Joan’s Wellbeing and Engagement Worker suggested a Seated Yoga group to try, which she was happy to engage in.

Joan was asked what reasonable adjustments she would like, Joan requested:

  • Support with travel to her first session
  • To be accompanied by a WIN team member on her first session to introduce her to the group in order gain her confidence
  • To be sat to the right of the instructor so she can see and hear her better, therefore she is able take part comfortably and safely

WIN then rang through to the centre and spoke to the organiser and instructor around these reasonable adjustments and everything was set up for Joan to start the following week!

Within half an hour of her first session she had soon settled in. She had built up her confidence and was enjoying joining in with the group.

The Wellbeing and Engagement Worker later went to see Joan again in the same group. Joan mentioned that she still loves the session and that she no longer needs to use her stair lift at home, as her flexibility has improved dramatically and her hamstrings have strengthened. She even joked and asked the adaptations team to remove the stair lift as she no longer uses it, although it is still in place for her if required! She is a very inspirational lady that isn’t limited by age or a visual impairment!