Jon had lost his confidence as a result of a stroke and became convinced that he was unable to partake in many activities, Romila being one of them. Eventually, Jon’s curiosity got the better of him and after actively partaking in the popular Romila Sessions, Jon rapidly managed to regain his confidence and a sense of independence.
- The Chart below demonstrates Jon’s increase improvement levels in relation to his mobility, confidence and happiness over a period slot of eight Romila sessions conducted at Woodleigh care home over a number of weeks.
- As Jon continued to partake in the Romila sessions, his mobility increased and he gained a new sense of confidence which made him feel a lot happier.
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Jon (64) has been a Resident of Woodleigh Care Home for over six months and would rarely take part in physical related activities. Although Jon was a sociable character and enjoyed watching other Residents take part in various activities, he lacked a lot of confidence following a recent stroke. The stroke had left Jon with very limited mobility on his right side involving both arm and leg. When the Romila sessions had first begun Jon refused to join in as his response was “ I can’t dance now that I have had a stroke” and had a negative attitude as a result towards dancing. This was such a shame and very sad to hear for the care staff, as they wanted to ensure that everyone felt included and could fully enjoy the Romila sessions.
How Romila Helped
Following regular encouragement from the staff and after only three sessions of Jon quietly observing his fellow Residents enjoying the Romila sessions, positive observations started to take place. Jon begun singing along to the upbeat and stimulating music and even started to request particular songs, after having heard them being played during the Romila Sessions. Jon‘s sudden change was a pleasant surprise to both staff and family members and was very welcomed by all. Jon appeared more confident and this was very notable by all.
Jon loves music and once he started joining in with the singing he eventually became more physically involved in the Romila sessions. By the fifth Romila session, Jon found that he could in fact take part in all of the session. He had full use of his left side and found that he could do a lot more than he initially thought. For Jon his inability to originally partake in the Romila sessions was down to his lack of self-belief following his unfortunate stroke. Jon’s negative perception of himself was initially a huge barrier in partaking in any physical related activity. After being physically, socially and mentally involved within the sessions, Jon had shown great spirit and determination to become more physically active. To everyone’s surprise by session eight amongst a number of weeks, Jon started to allow other staff members to manually assist him in moving and exercising his weakened right side of his body.
Jon attempting to improve his mobility of his right arm and leg brought on a very positive approach not just with planned activities but during daily routine tasks. He was determined to attempt to do things on his own rather than request regular support from both staff and family members. He would often be seen attempting to open snack packaging by himself –even if he struggled –he was persistent to complete that task. This new sense of confidence had greatly improved his mood and gave him a new sense of independence which he hadn’t felt for some time. During the Romila sessions Jon always had a smile on his face and always looked forward to the next sessions.