Active First provides Activity Therapy and Health Coaching services across Belfast, North Down and surrounding areas.
Activity Therapy is a growing profession as our ageing population increases. My role is to help a person remain as active as possible for as long as possible, physically, mentally and socially. This can involve a plethora of physical and mental activities delivered either in your home, community centre, care home, hospice or other venue. I predominantly work with senior citizens or people with disabilities but I’m more than happy to help anybody in need.
I provide a personalised and tailored approach to meet your needs, liaising with any other health care professionals that you may already be involved with. This ensures that the most informed and highest quality of activity therapy is provided and integrated into any treatment or care plans.
Activity therapy can cover so many areas, it really does depend on the individual, your current health and what you would like to achieve.
Many people want assistance undertaking physical or social activity. I can facilitate a number of exercises both in the home and outside of the home that incorporate both fine and gross motor skills, resistance and mobility exercises. I can also accompany you on walks, cycles, jogs, dancing, zumba or to other keep fit classes. I can carry out other numerous physical activities in the home ranging from boccia to armchair aerobics to table tennis!
For some, sessions can be as simple as companionship, social and mental activities; being read to, playing board games, jigsaws, playing music, quizzes, or completing puzzles or arts and crafts projects in the comfort of their own home.
Gardening, indoors and outdoors is also a very popular activity that clients like assistance with. Baking is also another very poplar activity and we have great fun baking old favourites and reminiscing. I can assist with purchasing supplies on your behalf or take you to the local garden centre or shop to buy supplies.
I also organise and run various group activities, mainly in community centre or care homes. These can range from bowls tournaments, bingo, tea parties, musical bingo, adapted aerobics, yoga, celebration events, a day in history events/quizzes, music events, coits, quizzes and much more.
If you have a loved one of friend who you think could benefit from activity therapy and companionship please do not hesitate to give me a call.