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ImaginationGYM & Activity Therapy for Older People

The ImaginationGYM methodology has been modified to suit ‘Activity Therapy for Older People’ programmes in elder care homes. These modifications were brought about by working directly with staff and residents in the elder care environment. The basic ImaginationGYM Activity Therapy for Older People methodology is focused on imagination exercises, creative activities and a set of rules and principles in the way that the methodology is implemented. The imagination exercises are audio based and designed to stimulate the listener in multiple ways. Not everybody is stimulated in the same way because everybody is different but the multiple layers designed into the exercises usually provide some sort of positive stimulation for everybody. This has also proven to be the case in elder care homes.
Combining Relaxation,
Imagination & Activities

The activities are designed to encourage participants in the practice of bringing ideas generated in the imaginative state into the real world in practical activities such as drawing, writing, digital media output, etc.This applies to active age residents only, different practices are applied for Alzheimer's and Dementia clients.
It is this area that most modifications have been made to suit the diversity amongst residents and their individual requirements. When participants are coming from a relaxed imaginative state very often the creative output can be enhanced or in more difficult circumstances responses can improve.

Flexible Methodology

The methodology is seldom used on a standalone basis as it is designed to fit in with existing systems in a wide range of environments. Typically the methodology is used in schools as part of the curricula, special needs education, community, health and business creativity programmes. In this regard other common activity therapies used in elder care, have been interwoven into the methodology as used in elder care, for example, music therapy, basic massage & aromatherapy.

Long Term Sustainability

In most cases the methodology is self sustaining in that staff responsible for activity therapies can be trained to be self sufficient with occasional ongoing support which is provided free of charge. This training is normally delivered in three sessions over a period of months, consisting of at least one workshop and 2 days of staff training. The first session is to allow staff to experience the methodology being used in their own environment with selected residents. This allows staff to assess the programme and can be just one session or multiple sessions depending on a particular home’s requirement. We will discuss this with the care facility in more detail before commencing a programme. Given that the methodology is deemed successful we will then provide in or out training for staff selected by the care facility management. Our experience has shown that this can be funded directly by the home, through fundraising support groups and government or health care subsidies. The only other costs are supplied materials which are extremely cost effective on a per capita basis.

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Sonas Nursing Home Tullow LEITRIM
CAVAN Arus Breffini Nursing Unit
Breffni Care Centre
Esker Lodge Nursing Home LIMERICK
St Gobnaits Nursing Home
CLARE Milford Nursing Home
Regina House St Anthony's Nursing Home
Riverdale Nursing Home St Camillus Hospital
Abbeylands Nursing Home Ave Marie Nursing Home
Ballincollig Community Nursing Unit Centre of Nurse & Midwifery Education
Bandon Community Hospital McBride Community Nursing Home
Castletownbere Community Hospital Sonas Nursing Home Moyridge
Cobh Community Hospital Sacred Heart Hospital Castlebar
Kinsale Community Hospital St Attractas
St Anthony's Community Hospital St Brendan's Nursing Unit
Youghal Community Hospital Belmullet Community Hospital
Araglen House Nursing Home Hollymount Nursing Home
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Clonakilty Community Hospital St Fionnan's CNU
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Sonas Nursing Home Riverview
Macroom Community Hospital MEATH
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St. Finbarrs Hospital Millbury Nursing Home
St Stephen's Hospital Silvergrove Nursing Home
North Cork Mental Health Services St Josephs Hospital HSE
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Kinsale and District Day Care Centre Kilmainhamwood Nursing Home
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Aclare House Nursing Home Clover Lodge Nursing Home
Brymore House Nursing Home
St Clare's Nursing Home Sacred Heart Hospital
St John of God (St Joseph's Shankill) St Eithna's Nursing Home
Simpson's Hospital Fearna Manor Nursing Home
St. Doolagh's Park Care and Rehabilitatio
Laura Lynn Hospice SLIGO
Maryfield Nursing Home Sonas Nursing Home Ard Ná Gréine
Mount Hybla Private Bailey's Nursing Home
Mowlam Healthcare Sligo St John's Community Hospital
St. Joseph's Nursing Home Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Service
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St. Marys Centre TIPPERARY
The Barbazon Trust Dean Maxwell Community Nursing Unit
Cowper Care Group Nenagh Manor
The Croft Nursing Homes St Anthony's Unit
Highfield Health Care Community Hospital of the Assumption (Thurles)
Raheny Community Nursing Unit Sonas Nursing Home Melview House
Ardeen Nursing Home
GALWAY Community Hospital of the Assumption
Holy Family Nursing Home St Conlon's Community Nursing Unit
Aras Cois Fharraige St Patrick's Hospital
Aras Mhic Dara Villa Maria Nursing Home
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Cairde Aras Chois Fharraige
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Moycullen Nursing Home Rockshire Care Centre
Aras Ronain CNU St Patricks Hospital
Bushfield Care Centre Care Choice Nursing Home
Castleturvin Nursing Home Killure Nursing Home
Coral Haven Waterford Nursing Home
Garbally View Nursing Home
St Brendan's CNU WEXFORD
Blake Manor Nursing Home New Ross Community Hospital
Centre for Nurses & MidWifrey Education St Johns Community Hospital
Corrandula Nursing Home St. John's Enniscorthy Community Co.Ltd
Merlin Park Community Nursing Unit The Moyne Nursing Home
Rushmore Nursing Home Friends of St John's Hospital
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KERRY Millhouse Care Centre
Ashborough Lodge Nursing Home New Houghton Hospital
Fatima Home Rosbercon Community Employment S
Hazel Hall Nursing Home Dementia Ireland Training
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TLC St Colmans Residental Care Centre
Larchfield Park Nursing Home
Moyglare Nursing Home WESTMEATH
Newbrook Nursing Homes Group
KILKENNY Mont Vista Nursing Home
St Columba's Hospital
Strathmore Lodge Nursing Home
Mooncoin Residential Care Centre
Brookhaven Nursing Home
Carlow Kilkenny Mental Health Services
Drakelands House Nursing Home
K.I.T.E. Services

Homes and Organisations that have trained staff in the Adults with Intellectual Difficulties ImaginationGYM Activity Programme:

Baldoyle Day Services
Brothers of Charity, Co. Galway
Daughters of Charity, Co Dublin
Dealta Centre, Strawhill, Co Carlow
Haven View, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford
Laura Lynn Hospice, Leopardstown, Co Dublin
Newbrook Nursing, Co Mayo
St Patricks Centre, Kilkenny
Sunbeam House Services, Arklow, Co Wicklow

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