The Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument for Occupational Profiling: A Practical Resource for Careers of People with Cognitive Impairment

The Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument for Occupational Profiling: A Practical Resource for Careers of People with Cognitive Impairment

The Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument for Occupational Profiling: A Practical Resource for Careers of People with Cognitive Impairment

The Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument for Occupational Profiling: A Practical Resource for Careers of People with Cognitive Impairment

Synopsis

This revised edition expands the use of the Pool Activity Level (PAL) instrument to include clients with cognitive disabilities as well as those with dementia. Originally developed as a framework for developing meaningful occupation for people with dementia, the PAL instrument is now in place as the basis of activity-based care models in several NHS trusts, as well as being used by carers at home and professionals in many sectors and settings. This resource guides the reader through a series of practical steps and uses case studies to enable them to understand, plan and implement activities. The instrument includes photocopiable activity checklists and plans which take into account users' life histories and help to match abilities with activities.

Excerpt

The Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument was first published in 1999 as a part of the Good Practice Guide series from the Bradford Dementia Group. It is intended as a practical resource for carers of people with cognitive impairments which may cause dementia and other disabilities. This guidebook is designed to enable carers at home and in formal care settings to use the Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument to engage people with cognitive impairment in meaningful occupation.

The PAL Instrument was originally developed for use with people with dementia. It is now being used widely in health and social services care establishments and in community settings in the UK and around the world. Some users of the PAL are finding it effective for clients other than those with dementia and are using it to form occupational profiles for people who have had strokes and those with learning disabilities.

Feedback from departments and individuals has been very positive about the use of the PAL. For example, Cambridgeshire County Council Social Services introduced the use of the PAL Instrument in 1999 to develop their services to people with dementia in their residential settings. The strategy was so successful that Cambridge Social Services have won a best practice award and have gone on to implement the use of the PAL Instrument in home care settings and in services for people with learning disabilities.

The Brent, Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Mental Health NHS Trust have introduced the PAL Instrument as their basis for using an activity-based model of care in their continuing care wards. A recent one-year study of the activity provision in four of their establishments, by the National Association of Providers of Activities, gave high praise to the PAL Instrument.

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