The Southampton Mobility Volunteer programme to increase physical activity levels of older inpatients: a feasibility study

Theme 2

Ageing and Dementia

The problem:
Evidence suggests that previously mobile older people move very little in hospital i.e. they may spend as much as 83% of their time lying in bed.
Low mobility among older people in hospital is associated with poor health outcomes:
• worsening physical function,
• increasing dependence in activities of daily living,
• increased admission to nursing home and
• increased mortality.

The solution:
The SoMoVe study will evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of using trained volunteers to increase physical activity of older inpatients. Volunteers will encourage patients to keep active (walk or chair based exercises) twice a day for about 15 minutes each session. Physical activity levels, cognition, mood, and quality of life will be measured

Expected outcome:
• We will evaluate how best to recruit and train volunteers to safely help increase the physical activity of older people in hospital.
• We will ask patients staff and volunteers if volunteer help with physical activity is acceptable.
• We will produce a blueprint of how best to use volunteers to help older people retain their mobility in hospital for future implementation

SoMoVe - Dr Stephen Lim from NIHR CLAHRC Wessex on Vimeo.


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Professor Helen Roberts

Professor Anne Rogers

Professor Avan Aihie Sayer

Rosanna Orlando

Stephen Lim


University of Southampton

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust