The importance of therapeutic activities at Malsis Hall

At Malsis Hall we work in a person-centred way identifying what is important and therapeutic for each individual.

There are so many examples of how we have supported individuals in this way including:

  • Supporting a Service User to make links with a local music centre. This meaningful activity also promotes social inclusion and engagement.
  • A Service User with a passion for music was supported to engage with a local party venue to DJ. Not only did this involve his passion for music but also his future life goals.

Our walking group appreciates walking around the local and surrounding areas through farmland, nature reserves and around ponds. Participants also take in the history of the beautiful area we are lucky to be a part of and enjoy the Bronte moorland and Haworth village. This group has been beneficial from the start, promoting physical exercise and mental wellbeing it enables a sense of mindfulness by engaging all five senses. The group also encourages social interaction between Services Users and with the local community and continues to build strong rapport and relationships.

Social activities are also great for building relationships between Services Users, staff and the community and promote inclusion. We facilitate many such activities including a family fun day at Cliffe Castle, shopping and lunch in Haworth, walks to the Bronte waterfalls and visits to the local agriculture auction mart and college.

We have also made links with our local mental health group ‘It’s worth talking about’. This mixed group promotes social inclusion and relationship building and provides days out, football and boxing.
Encouraging and supporting activities of daily living is crucial. Shopping, budgeting, self-care, room cleaning and laundry form part of our activity plan and help Service Users expand their skills and build confidence.

Our Thursday coffee morning provides a wide range of activities including pool, art, board games and Wii-fit. This also continues to build rapport between the care home and hospital Service Users and many of our staff. Arts and crafts are also really important, and some Service Users are creating their own scrap books to document their favourite activities.

By encouraging a varied program and ensuring that individuals can participate in activities that they really enjoy will ensure that their time with us is spent in a therapeutic and meaningful way.

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