Activities for children and young people with eating disorders
There is a wide choice of activities for patients to enjoy once they are ready. As part of their treatment the activities include dance, games, movies, yoga, art, crafts and drama. There are also social outings and activities are offered to patients in the evenings and at weekends.
Young people at Ellern Mede can continue their favourite hobbies. Staff will support patients to access local facilities such as stables and the pet farm. Dance and yoga can be arranged for patients too and there is also the choice of the gardening group and other outside activities. Patients with pet dogs can have their pets brought in by a parent to visit them.
Our dietetics team and activity co-ordinators encourage patients to build up their experience of sticking to their meal plan in community restaurants or cafes. This is a weekly outing.
Ellern Mede introduced a Social Snack programme for patients who are still too challenged by their illness to participate in social eating in the community. As a first step towards this, patients can take a packed lunch or packed snack to eat out picnic style in the park accompanied by staff.
Pets as therapy
At Ellern Mede we offer Pet Therapy for those who would like to take part. We have two therapy dogs which is great for children and young people who would like to have contact and walk the dogs. We also have access to a petting zoo which bring a range of pets for patients to see, hold and touch.
School break activity programmes
We ensure that we fill what used to be school time with activities which are fun, therapeutic and social. This helps patients to practice skills they learn in hospital in a more independent community setting. Events planned for the summer include, social outings, a visit from the petting zoo, a summer art programme, weekly drama workshops, barbecues and outdoor games.