Since 26th of November 2012, the Rehabilitation Department started gathering inpatients and outpatients with neurological disorders and involve them in a 4-week Therapeutic Group Activity (TGA) project for the month of December in order to celebrate the December Holiday Season. As we all know, December is a big hit with lots of celebrations and end of the year festivities of feasts, parties, tradition and religion around the world. Celebrations in the month of December include:
· Schoolies or schoolies week, which refers to the Australian tradition of high-school graduates. Schoolies week is seen as the transitional period from youth to adulthood
· Christmas for the Christians
· Boxing day a tradition when servants and tradespeople would receive gifts from their superiors or employers. On this day it is also common to give gifts to the poor and needy.
· Channukkah, a 'Festival of Lights' celebrated by the Jews
· Kwanzaa, a week-long celebration held in the United States and Canada honouring African Canadian and African-American heritage and culture
· Las Posadas is a nine-day celebration (represents the nine months of pregnancy) with origins in Spain, celebrated in Mexico, Guatemala and Southern parts of United States of America, a traditional winter holiday
· St. Nicholas Day celebrated in Northern Europe. St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) was a protector of the weak against the rich and the strong.
· New Year's Eve Day celebrated across the globe, to celebrate the last day of the year and to mark the new year
· Shogatsu celebrated in Japan, the celebration of Japanese New Year
Other than creating a holiday cheer in our patients and making these moments memorable even whilst in the hospital (regardless of celebration, tradition or religion), the Therapeutic Group Activity also aims to:
· To improve the patient's functional capacity (including motor, sensory and cognitive abilities) based on 'occupation' of the person in daily living with disability or disease (in this case, stroke) as independently and safely as possible.
· To help patients in regaining old abilities, learning new skills and coping with any remaining disabilities.
· To help in providing aids and equipment or teaching techniques to overcome any remaining disabilities based on the Occupational Therapist's assessment of the patient's performance capacity in TGA.
· To teach patients how to divide a complex activity into its component parts, practice each part, and then perform the whole sequence of actions. This strategy can improve coordination and may help patients with apraxia to re-learn how to carry out planned actions.
We divided the patients into two groups (Baking group and the Snowman and craft-making group) and these groups are running simultaneously from 10-11 am every Monday- Saturday.
Even with a disability, you can still bake something that smells good and taste delicious with a little bit of help, individually tailored and taught therapeutic strategies from our dedicated Rehabilitation team!
In the last two weeks, our neurological patients have successfully baked the Gingerbread man cookies, fruit cake, chocolate cake and butter cake with jam. Next week, we will bake banana muffins! Our snowman family(Daddy, mommy and child) is also almost complete, which leaves the sleigh left! We are aiming to build and complete the sleigh in the last 2 weeks of the project. Once complete, we will update the photos and include the patient's testimonials on the website. Stay tuned!
Please feel free to drop by to join us, email us at email@example.com or call the Rehabilitation Department at +673 261 1433 ext 2323 for more information or if you have any enquiries or comments.