Cinema room helps patients feel ‘more at home’ when in hospital

Welsh disabled people take control of social care

Disabled people in Wales are set to benefi t from a new, pioneering way of receiving social care, thanks to a scheme being offi cially rolled out across Wales. The ‘Together as One’ project, launched by the disability charity Leonard Cheshire, will off er people who receive social care the option to take part in shared social and sporting activities with other

disabled people living

CARDIFF & VALE Health Charity’s Staff Lottery has recently funded a cinema room on Meadow Ward, Llanfair Unit at University Hospital Llandough for patients suff ering from mental health conditions, helping them feel more relaxed and at home while they are in hospital. With comfortable chairs, new audio visual equipment and a newly decorated room, service users are able to watch fi lms and TV programmes that they choose. The space can also be used for service users to engage in low stimulus activities such as mindfulness and relaxation therapy.

Caroline Player, Occupational Therapy Technician on Meadow Ward said: “People who use our services can be with us for long periods of time, so we were eager to improve their ward environment by creating a more relaxed and homely feel. “Recovery in mental health has three main elements which are universally agreed: hope, control and opportunity. We believe this project promotes these elements within the inpatient setting.” “On behalf of Meadow Ward, I’d like to thank the Health Charity Staff Lottery for helping us to improve our services for our service users.”

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locally. This scheme allows disabled people the option to connect with others with similar interests develop friendships and develop digital skills. Leonard Cheshire is working with Reason Digital, a digital social enterprise which specialises in working with charities, to create an online hub which off ers shared carer resource for disabled people wanting to attend social activities. Neil Heslop, Chief Executive Offi cer of Leonard Cheshire, announced the launch the new scheme at the National Assembly of Wales, alongside First Minister Mark Drakeford AM

and Rebecca Evans AM, Finance and Trefnydd Minister. Mark Drakeford, First Minister of Wales and Leader of Welsh Labour, said: “I am very pleased to be sponsoring the introduction of this innovative scheme, which aims to bring people together and give them a real say in how they access their care. Its key objectives of reducing social isolation, increasing digital literacy and empowering people who receive direct payments, are all to be commended.” Neil Heslop, Chief Executive Offi cer at Leonard Cheshire, said: “We are delighted to usher in a new pioneering approach

to social care. Disabled

people need to have more of a say, and more control of their care, and the Together as One initiative delivers it.” Leonard Cheshire was the fi rst provider to be awarded £1million from the Welsh government to deliver the new care scheme over the next three years. The charity is now rolling the scheme out to communities across Wales.


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