Lincolnshire House is a Residential and Day Care Centre for individuals with Cerebral Palsy and similar disabilities. All of our residents have Cerebral Palsy in one form or another, while our day attenders’ conditions range from Cerebral Palsy to Stroke Damage, Road Accident Injury, and other conditions which affect both physical and mental ability. We therefore have to provide activities and equipment to suit a wide range of capability levels, and the ‘My Improvement System fits the bill admirably.
We have a number of computers which can be used for writing or getting onto the internet, but for individuals with no (or limited) literacy skills, this option offers very restricted usage, without one on one support from a member of staff. The My Improvement Technology on the other hand, can be operated by anyone with basic hand /eye co-ordination.
Individuals can learn to easily navigate their way around the various activities available, from the games, music and painting content, as well as accessing the ‘Reminiscence’ program.
The ability to be able to create a ‘Favorites File’ for an individual also means they are able to access particular sections that appeal to them, store them as favorites’ and they then have their own portfolio of content. They discard what they don’t want to see, but this does not remove the content from the unit and makes it available for others as part of their search.
My Improvement Network has proved extremely beneficial, not only to the individuals that have been mentioned, but also to all the other Service Users who are keen to explore the system