Pendle Case Study- April 2019

Background

 The client was referred by Social Services. He has Friedreichs Ataxia, which is a non-curable genetic muscle wasting disease which causes difficulty in walking, a loss of sensation in the arms and legs and impaired speech that worsens over time. He has a Personal Assistant who takes him out sometimes. He has no family. He is attending day therapy at Pendleside Hospice for ten weeks.

 

Need

 The client would like to do some physical therapy to help him to retain some muscle mass, and socialise.

 

Actions taken

 After making contact with Pendle Leisure Centre, the Connector took the client to look around the facilities. The most appropriate place for him to exercise would be the toning machines.The staff encouraged him to come and try them out, if possible with his key worker at Pendleside Hospice, who is doing some rehabilitation with him.

 

After the visit, the Connector rang the worker at the Hospice and a joint visit has been arranged. The worker was very enthusiastic about the possibility of working more closely with Pendle Leisure Trust.

 

 Outcome

 The interim outcome is that an appropriate form of exercise has been found for the client, in a very supportive environment. The staff at the Leisure Centre will also help him to progress to other activities, possibly swimming and using an adapted bike. This also means that he has an activity to progress to when his hospice therapist ends.