Posted on 16/08/2012

Get in the mood for Paralympics

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NRS Healthcare is calling on managers of care homes and day care centres to enter into the spirit of the London 2012 Paralympics by organising their own mini-version of the Games.

The major supplier of aids for daily living and assistive technology equipment includes an extensive range of exercise and games equipment, as well as therapeutic resources designed for all ages and abilities, within its renowned 524-page Professionals’ Choice catalogue - like Beanbag Toss, which can improve motion and strength, and Dart Ball Target, a fun Velcro target game with tennis balls that is played like darts.

Bar Skittles is a traditional proven favourite for all abilities that improves concentration and co-ordination, Boccia - a version of bowls that is played within the Paralympics - can also be enjoyed by all abilities, while Giant Go4Goal is guaranteed to give high levels of success.

Also available is a range of specially adapted games suitable for playing in groups - plus indoor games like Large Print Scrabble, Giant Playing Cards with an Easi-Grip Cards Holder, and a Large Dominoes Set with extra large indented dots for those with poor eyesight.

Sandra King, NRS Healthcare’s Brand Director, said: “We have all been inspired by Team GB’s achievements in the Olympics and I’m sure that will continue on the same scale when the Paralympic Games get under way.

“Sport and exercise in general is a very popular topic of the moment but as a company, we have been aware for many years of the importance of making therapeutic activities and games equipment available for use by older people and those with a disability.

“Staying active in older years is key to maintaining good health and wellbeing and in care settings, it also encourages interaction, provides stimulation and social inclusion for everyone. We have many products that have been designed for social group activities for indoor and outdoor use.

“That’s why we have a large and varied selection within the NRS Healthcare catalogue and I’m pleased to say that since the start of the Olympics, we’ve had a significant increase in sales.”

Simple throwing games are great fun and can be used in a group or individual setting to help improve social interaction and hand and eye co-ordination, and increase muscle tone. They are also inclusive so people sitting down or standing can take part.

Added Sandra: “Games and activities are especially beneficial for people with dementia because they help reduce the level of challenging behaviour associated with frustration and boredom. A shared activity can help to keep a loved one feeling close to a person with dementia, which can have a positive effect on the caring relationship.”

You can see the NRS Healthcare range by visiting www.nrs-uk.co.uk or to request a catalogue, telephone 0845 121 8111- and get in the mood for a very special Paralympic Games.

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