New equipment donation to help less mobile patients
The Acute Therapy Services team at Airedale Hospital has been able to buy a mobility and transportation aid called ‘The Cricket’ thanks to funding from the Friends of Airedale charity.
The Cricket is a safe, quick and easy way to transfer and transport patients and promote more independent living for those with reduced mobility. It increases confidence, safety and dignity in helping patients to stand. It also helps to reduce the risk of falls which, in turn reduces further admissions to hospital.
Lucy Holden, occupational therapist who applied for the funding, says, “The Cricket is now available for therapy services to assess and use with patients across the hospital and I hope its use is increased in the community as a result. It has great potential to increase patients’ independence and functioning in activities of daily living and reduce ongoing care costs for patients in the community.”
The Cricket will be an indispensable piece of equipment for Airedale Hospital, helping staff to provide safe, compassionate care for patients with mobility problems.