Dolphin have installed a sunken trampoline hoist at Lady Zia Wernher School in order to hoist their pupils for Rebound Therapy. Across the UK more and more SEN schools are introducing rebound therapy as part of their daily activities. Nowhere is this proving more beneficial than at the Lady Zia Wernher School in Luton.
Sunken Trampoline Hoist Case Study
Rebound Therapy Hoist
As part of substantial building work in 2014, Dolphin Mobility installed a Handi-Move mobile pool lift over a sunken trampoline. The hoist enables all children, regardless of their disability, to have access to the equipment.
Physical Education Coordinator Maxine Shearer explained: “The trampoline and associated rebound therapy plays a vital role within our curriculum. We believe every child should be involved in as much therapy as possible throughout the day.”
“The moment the children arrive their therapy begins. Each part of their daily routine is carefully planned to maximise the positive physical effects. Every child is encouraged to take part in as much physical activity as their disability will allow. Thanks to the hoist from Dolphin Mobility, rebound therapy on the trampoline is one activity that almost every child can now enjoy”.
The staff at the Lady Zia Werner School have a ‘no lifting’ policy and strict moving and handling guidelines. Consequently the hoist is very important because without it, children like Callum, wouldn’t be able to use the trampoline. Denying them the benefits of a rebound therapy session.
Maxine contacted Dolphin Mobility on the recommendation of Joel Paul and Angus MacWatt at Sunken Trampolines. “I was very impressed with the level of service we received from Dolphin Mobility. From a staff perspective, we find the hoist very user friendly and the children are all extremely relaxed when being hoisted. I would certainly recommend other SEN schools consider the same solution” explained Maxine.
Dolphin Mobility Trampoline Hoist Solutions
Over recent years, Dolphin Mobility has noticed a significant rise in the number of enquiries for hoists which are suitable for use as part of a rebound therapy programme. Managing Director Craig Dunnage explained: “There is no doubting the benefits of rebound therapy. Whilst the staff at the Lady Zia Wernher School are lucky to have a sunken trampoline, there is still the need for a hoist to enable the children to be safely transferred on and off the surface. The hoist we installed was a Handi-Move mobile pool lift which is very popular with leisure centres, fitness clubs and swimming pools.
As the trampoline is outside, Maxine and her colleagues needed a hoist which can be easily moved away for storage when not in use. Releasing the hoist from the socket in the ground is achieved through pressing a button on the control box. After which, the casters ensure ease of manoeuvrability.
Whist this installation only features one socket, it is possible to have multiple sockets. Once the hoist has been removed a blanking plug is placed over the stem to ensure a flush surface.
The Handi-Move mobile pool lift is made from stainless steel and has a superb range of movement. This makes it ideal for hoisting people from their wheelchair to ground level – as with a sunken trampoline – or into a pool where the water line is below the edge.
The safe working load is 135 kg and the hoist rotates effortlessly through 360 degrees, ensuring the transfer from a wheelchair is very simple for the user and their carer. Safety features include emergency stop and emergency down switches.
The Lady Zia Wernher School is a Primary Community Special school which caters for children between the ages of three and eleven. The school is for children with a wide range of special educational needs from within the Luton Borough. All children attending the school have a cognitive delay. They may also have physical disabilities, autism, specialist medical requirements or a combination of these additional needs.
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