Julia’s House Hospice
Julia’s House Hospice applied for a grant to provide a dedicated Playmaker for Life Limited children. For children that require specialist care it can difficult for them and their parents to take part in play and this playmaker has been able to create tailored plans for the children and assist parents and carers, making a precious difference to children and their families.
Funding to provide a dedicated playmaker for life-limited children has made an invaluable difference to children and their families at Julia’s House Hospice. At Julia’s House there is an 11 year old boy who suffers with complex disabilities meaning that he needs to be moved from one place to another using a mechanical hoist. He found the hoist very traumatic and would often go into complete panic when it was even moved towards him.
The playmaker was able to devise a plan to desensitise him to the use of the hoist. Over a period of 4 months, using toys and other play techniques, the staff were able to introduce him being lifted from one room to another, without panic. They made up a song which was sang each time he was moved, providing a distraction and consistency to his transition.
These techniques were passed onto his parents and his school to ensure that the hoist became a positive aspect of his life. He made life-changing progress from being in a position of fear, to being relaxed, confident and smiling when moved.