New equipment gives Apex customers with disabilities greater independence

The Apex has made a splash with customers who have a disability by installing new equipment to help them feel more independent as they change and prepare to exercise.

A pool hoist and a nurse’s bench were unveiled at the New Ross pool and gym complex in the Bosheen.

Apex manager Mark Winkle said the equipment has been well received by members and is already getting a lot of use.

Mr Winkle said the hoist enables customers to lift themselves from their wheelchair onto the changing bench.

“It’s all adjustable so it can cater for different heights and for all ages. We have been wanting to get this equipment for a while,” he said.

Clients are lifted by a hoist operated by a staff member into and out of the pool.

“The funding was awarded after a successful application to Sport Ireland for dormant account funding for the Sports Inclusion Disability Plan Capital Supports initiative, which is designed to support the infrastructure of facilities in order to increase the number of people with disabilities taking part in sport and physical activity in their communities.

“In partnership with the Apex, New Ross Municipal District and Sports Active Wexford we were able to provide targeted equipment and infrastructure to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to take part in sport and physical activity in their community,” Mr Winkle said.


Fonte:  October 26 2021 02:00 AM

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