The Therapeutic Activity Department was set up in Jan 2001 and looks after the social, recreational, psychological, physical, spiritual and creative needs of the residents in our care. St Mary’s had the first Activities Department in Ireland in Care of the Older Person which has generated a continued interest to this day. The Dept. is managed by a CNM II and has a staff of twelve, consisting of Nurses and Health Care Assistants.
Good practice within residential settings includes the promotion of empowerment and achievement. Older people should be valued for their individuality and identity at all times. This requires facilitating choice, independence and the realisation of personal aspirations in all aspects of daily life. Engagement in learning enhances quality of life, lessens dependency and improves well-being.
To enhance the quality of life of residents by providing a wide range of purposeful activities that are stimulating and meaningful to the individual thus ensuring a sense of fulfilment and enjoyment for all our residents.
Residents experience benefits of socialisation and communication.
Confidence, self-esteem and well-being are increased.
Promotes individuality and increases autonomy.
Facilitates creative expression.
Reduces stress and boredom.
Promotes life-long learning.
Helps maintain mobility.
Some of the activities we provide include:
Art, crafts, quiz and word-games, poetry and story-telling, Sonas, exercises to music, bowling, drama, art therapy, reminiscence, hand and nail care, bingo, yoga, Snoezelen (a multi sensory therapy that benefits all of our residents, especially those with sensory impairment). Outings to the theatre, to shows, to the cinema and shopping trips. Outings to places of scenic, cultural, religious and historic interest.
We organise concerts and other forms of entertainment within the Hospital, such as birthday parties, variety shows, coffee mornings, afternoons of old time favourites and sing-along. Social visits to other Community Units, inter Hospital quiz games and bowling competitions are also organised.
Our mobile library visits each unit weekly, offering an excellent variety of books, large print books, audiotapes, videotapes and books on tape to residents.
We also encourage community involvement and facilitate inter-generational exchange programmes with transition year students from local schools.
Activity Day Centre
As well as Activities taking place at ward level, residents can also attend the Activity Day Centre where a varied programme of activities take place in a non clinical environment. This provides a sense of community and social connectedness for residents and their relatives. Relatives are welcome and encouraged to participate in the programme.
All in all we endeavour to develop an atmosphere of creativity and enjoyment, leading to a sense of fun in a safe environment in which our residents are enabled to attain their full potential.
Members of the Activities Team