An investigation into simple home-based strength-promoting programmes

A chart which shows how the impact of coronavirus can potentially reduce health and fitness levels such that people drop below the disability threshold

During the pandemic, we have witnessed the debilitating effect of our normal routines being disrupted. There is rightly great emphasis on tracking the direct impact of the coronavirus, but less reporting on the indirect effects – hospital appointments and GP appointments missed, declining mental health and a dramatic fall in people attending hospital because they do not wish to ‘burden’ NHS staff. The data from the Office for National Statistics show more than 26,899 extra deaths in households across England and Wales since March 2020 – of which 2,454 (just one in 11) involved coronavirus.

A cohort of people that I have been thinking about is those older adults who have become psychologically ‘trapped’ in their homes during the pandemic. I have a 96-year old uncle who has rarely left his house in six months. As both physical and mental health decline, it creates consequences. A loss of strength can trigger a spike in falls at home – English hospitals are already seeing this.

A request for evidence around simple home-based strength-promoting programmes

I am investigating simple strength-promoting programmes that can be performed at home without equipment or personal instruction. I wanted to ask if anyone is aware of any peer-reviewed studies, programmes or organisations that have explored or are already delivering an effective home-based intervention.