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Friday, October 18, 2013

Llan firm helps patients hit new heights

Patients from an independent hospital in Ruabon have reached new heights thanks to a Llangollen company.

Occupational therapy (OT) offers a valuable contribution to inpatient care, and the team at New Hall are forever busy organising and introducing functional, purposeful, and meaningful activities for their patients. 

The OT department has now devised a sports group engaging patients with activities both on and off site.

The team are always keen to introduce patients into the community and to support local businesses and have therefore utilised the local purpose-built indoor climbing wall at Proadventure Ltd in Llangollen.

A New Hall spokesperson said: “Climbing can help to promote motor planning, balance, coordination, problem solving and protective reflexes.

“It can be used to increase stimulation to those who tend to lack movement and activity during their day or to act as an effective release for the more overactive individuals.

“Along with the obvious physical benefits, patients can learn to enjoy life and interact socially, preparing them for life out of care.”

The climbing sessions have been led by Erin, a qualified instructor at Proadventure, who said:  “I have supervised the group from New Hall on several occasions and they are a pleasure to teach.

“They follow instructions perfectly and are fully compliant with safety rules and procedures. They ask all the right questions and work together as a team to support their peers - it is obvious that they thoroughly enjoy the activity.”

The sessions consist of a brief warm up followed by a thorough safety check.

Levels of difficulty, varying from beginner to expert, are catered for and are displayed through the different coloured hand holds within the rock face, allowing patients to develop and measure their skills.

Reflecting on the outing back at the hospital, one patient commented: “We hope to return for a further day’s adventure.”

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