Many Resthaven Community Services sites are adapting their centre-based group programs to ensure that clients may continue to access wellness services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amongst them is Resthaven Northern Community Services, where a ‘Keeping Active with Parkinson’s at Home’ program has been introduced*.
Occupational Therapist, Rosalind Wren, says, "People with Parkinson’s are especially vulnerable during this time, as they need to keep up regular exercise in order to maintain their mobility."
"To ensure that our clients can do this, we have introduced a program where clients receive a USB containing videos of myself and fellow OT, Chris, demonstrating exercises and other challenges, to complete at home."
"There will be six folders on the USB, labelled 'week 1-6', giving clients a structured weekly program to follow, from the comfort of their lounge rooms."
"We also introduce an Action Planning Tool, where Chris and I will call clients to discuss their individual training goals and track their progress."
"Our goal with this program is to maintain a network of communication and support during this time of distancing, and to provide resources that will assist clients to stay physically active."
"We are looking forward to our virtual catchups!"
Resthaven Community Services supports older people to live independently in their own homes throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Murraylands, Riverland, Barossa, Fleurieu Peninsula and the Limestone Coast.
*All program participants are existing Resthaven clients, who have previously received a clinical assessment that determines that the program is suitable for them.