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What a difference activity makes

23rd March 2007

About a year ago, West Oak care home in Wokingham became the home of a new resident, Jack.

Jack had previously been living in a residential home, but had suffered a severe stroke so he moved to West Oak.

His stroke had left him paralysed down the rights side of his body.

Janet Peterson, from West Oak, said: "Jack had difficulty coming to terms with his disabilities. He was angry and frustrated and he felt he could not join in with the group activities."

However, since the setting up on one-to-one activities at West Oak, Jack has integrated much more with life at West Oak.

Ms Peterson said: "He is much happier and has made many friends. He joins in with other residents and eats in the communal dining hall. He is a changed man."

It is hoped that the one-to-one activity sessions will help others adapt to life in permanent care as Jack has done.

West Oak has recently added a new activity to its schedule. Residents are now being taken on short walks in the local area.

This began when Sara Baker joined the home as General Manager in November last year.

The walks have proved a boost to the activities programme and have been very popular with residents.