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Departments

How we can help

Our role

As part of a patient's rebuilding and recovery process, Community Integration & Leisure Services staff see their role as assisting the patient and their family to identify their issues, problems and needs as they see them and to then facilitate the development of solutions to these issues, problems and needs.

It is our aim to maximise the individual's sense of ability to affect their situation and to continue to develop their lifestyle through and beyond the care process.

Community Integration & Leisure Services staff employ a wide spectrum of approaches including:

  • Facilitating integration into the community, to ensure a smooth and successful transition and adaptation to new circumstances, thereby promoting patients long term well-being
  • Organising or conducting group activities (e.g. art, relaxation) which allow patients to take their focus away from medical imperatives and gain some relaxing time-out - an important motivator for long-term patients and essential support for them in dealing with their transition through the care process
  • Organising leisure activities (on a one-on-one basis) that reinforce the skills and exercises learnt in therapy, providing a medium for their practical application and a new focus for individuals' goals (e.g. through sport, art, drama, etc.).

 

How we can assist patients

Community Integration and Leisure Services staff can help you with:

  • Ideas
  • Information
  • Advice
  • Linking to your community
  • Individual support
  • Developing new skills
  • Trying out new skills and activities
  • Involving friends or family
  • Ways you can help yourself
  • Modified and adapted equipment.

 

Our approach

The table below demonstrates how we can assist patients and their carers during the rehabilitation process.

Service approach  Outcomes for patients   Outcomes for carers 
Individual leisure planning
  • Identification of needs, interests and strategies
  • Reconstruction of identity around new circumstances
  • Increased understanding of role of leisure in balanced lifestyle 
Information collection and distribution
  • Increased knowledge of options, opportunities and supports available 
  • Increased knowledge of options, opportunities and supports available 
Social network maintenance and peer support development
  • Development of ability to address own needs 
 
Community integration through direct support
  • Skills and confidence developed to access community options
  • Linked to new groups or  interests 
  • Increased access to supports
  • Increased opportunity for respite
Advocacy with or on behalf of patient
  • Increased skills to access system or services
  • Increased skills to access system or services
Carer support
  • Gain from better-supported carers 
  • Development of ability to address own needs and those of the person they care for 
Activities (group and individual)
  • Broadened knowledge of options
  • Practice skills
  • Develop confidence
  • Have time-out from medical imperatives
  • Promotes a positive environment  
  • Promotes a positive environment  
Guest speakers and special events
  • Broadened knowledge of options
  • Time-out from medical imperatives
  • Promotes a  positive environment
  • Broadened knowledge of options
Liaison with community groups 
  • Development of options, opportunities and supports 
 
Networking
  • Gain from better informed staff