Diversional Therapy helps our residents realise their potential and engage in meaningful and stimulating activities. Our diversional therapist uses the Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument, which is widely used in person-centred health and social care settings.
The PAL instrument recognises that the key to unlocking the individual's potential is to gain an understanding of their unique biography and personality as well as their physical capabilities.
To do this, the diversional therapist will take time to listen to personal reminiscences and build up a detailed picture of the individual's life history. She will also take time to understand the individual's physical capabilities and the level of support and intervention they need and want in order to undertake every day activities.
From there, our diversional therapist and the individual can devise appropriate occupations that the individual will find engaging and which will have personal significance for them.
Naturally, the work of our diversional therapist in drawing up an individual's activity profile is not a one-off event, but an ongoing exercise that develops and changes in order to meet the individual's changing needs.
We have seen many of our residents experience increased self-confidence and self-esteem as well as increased communication with others as a result of working with diversional therapy in this way. If you have a loved one who needs specialist care, perhaps you would like to read our nursing home admissions policy.