The Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument
The Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument has become the framework for activity-based care systems in a variety of health and social care settings for people with cognitive impairments.
The Instrument is recommended for daily living skills training and activity planning in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Clinical Guideline for Dementia (NICE, 2006). The PAL checklist has also been proved valid and reliable by a recent research study.
The book continues to include the Instrument itself and the photocopiable activity checklists and plans that help to match users' abilities with activities.
An additional second section provides a selection of potential activities together with sources for obtaining them.
The author includes guidance for carrying out these activities with individuals of different ability levels as revealed by the PAL Instrument Checklist. An essential and reliable resource for any practitioner or carer wanting to provide fulfilling occupation for clients with cognitive impairments.
This fourth edition of The Pool Activity Level (PAL) Instrument for Occupational Profiling includes a new section on using the PAL Checklist to carry out sensory interventions, together with the photocopiable Instrument itself in a new easy-to-use format, and plans that help to match users' abilities to activities.
The Pool Activity Level Instrument is mentioned in the NICE Guidelines.
"The purpose of this book is to provide a method to promote occupation and activity among people with a range of cognitive impairments... The PAL instrument provides clear instructions to engage people in activity and provides examples of activities in daily living... This edition also contains additional case studies which are particularly useful to assist with applying these in a practical everyday way... This addition adds a new focus to the sensory level of functioning and provides valuable insight into the importance of sensory stimulation and the impacts of sensory deprivation within dementia, while examining how to overcome these challenges within activity."
"This practical resource for the implementation of the Pool Activity Level (PAL) is an easy to use assessment, treatment guide and outcome measure of occupations in those living with cognitive impairment."
British Journal of Occupational Therapy
"This isn"t another exercise in form-filling to look good; it"s packed with photocopiable "instruments" and plans, and very believable case studies. Highly recommended."
"The assessment tools helped us devise activities for a gentleman that suited his abilities at that moment in time. He came out at sensory level so we have now been able to look at activities that he is able to manage comfortably and he is happier. We have now made a weekly plan for him, at his own level and with a variety to suit his mood and cognition on that day. It has made such a difference and improved his days. The book was an essential tool for us to be able to identify his functional ability and then obtain resources to develop meaningful activities for him. This has not only improved his day but also that of others who do not have dementia but have enjoyed the group activities. We are going to use the tool for all of them so their activities can be more tailored to their individual needs. The book was more than worth the money I paid for it and has opened up a stream of ideas from staff."
Manager, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
"The purpose of this book is to provide a method to promote occupation and activity among people with a range of cognitive impairments... The PAL instrument provides clear instructions to engage people in activity and provides examples of activities in daily living... This edition also contains additional case studies... Overall, the Pool activity instrument for Occupational profiling appears to be gaining in strength, direction and increasing its evidence base. Its use, ability and practical applications continue to grow and when used effectively promotes occupation in an effective person centred way."
Katie Glare, Occupational Therapist