Staff on our stroke unit are helping their patients keep physically and mentally active by running ward-based games sessions.
The regular group sessions are aimed at supporting patient rehabilitation and preventing de-conditioning through activities including stretching and catching - and games including indoor darts and bowling.
Each activity encourages the use of different muscle groups as well as mental stimulation - and feedback from both patients and staff has been positive.
Stroke Unit Therapy Leader Nicola Bull said: “As a stroke unit we are always looking at ways to improve the activity levels of our patients. This leads to better patient experience, and improved functional outcomes for stroke survivors.”
The activities have been introduced as part of a regional campaign - the East of England ‘Deconditioning Games’ - in which healthcare organisations are working together to raise awareness of deconditioning, support people to keep as active as possible and reduce physical and psychological functional decline.