All clients are offered a six-month referral period so that they can feel confident of our commitment to their progress. There is an option to re-refer for as long as the client feels our service is beneficial to them.
We work with our clients to understand the areas of rehabilitation that concern them most to create a bespoke programme for them.
“I won’t regain my strength but the one-to-one help I have received has helped my flexibility and mobility”
Each session is two-hours long. The first half is a group session. We use a range of exercises to improve coordination; stretch the muscles, and mobilise joints. These are designed to help clients to complete the activities of daily living more easily. We also include strengthening exercises using resistance bands.
The second half of the session gives us an opportunity to focus on individual programmes with clients. We use a variety of equipment. We have wheelchair accessible medi-motion bikes that can be used to strengthen arms or legs.
We use parallel bars to support clients to rise from a chair or to walk.
There are also free weights, and wrist and ankle weights to increase muscle tone and strength.
We also help clients’ digital dexterity using hand exercisers (such as digi-grips, mirror boxes, balls and pegs).
Our volunteers offer refreshments. Staff and volunteers take the time to talk with clients. They engage our clients with quizzes and games that encourage communication, turn-taking and teamwork as well as cognitive function and recall. For some it is the only regular activity they take part in outside their own home. It is an opportunity for all to meet people, make new friends and feel part of a community.
“I enjoy coming to this program. Always a friendly atmosphere.”
Our clients are a diverse group. They range in age from their twenties to their nineties, from all different backgrounds.
Half use a wheelchair most of, or all the time.
The majority of clients are stroke survivors (62%) with a range of physical and communication challenges.
The next biggest group are clients who have Parkinson’s Disease (13%); then MS (5%), the rest of our clients have MD, cerebral palsy, brain injury and other conditions.
Many also cope with chronic pain, arthritis, sight loss and/or hearing loss as co-morbid, or age-related conditions. Some face the additional challenge of living with dementia.
“this is the highlight of my week”