The VA Puget Sound Health Care System has developed a unique community partnership that serves many of our country’s veterans in an inspiring and innovative way. The health system has partnered with the Granite Curling Club – Seattle to hold VA Veterans’ Adaptive Curling Clinics, in which veterans served by the health system’s Spinal Cord Unit and Rehabilitation Care Services work with recreation therapists to participate in the icy sport of curling.
The organizations most recently partnered to hold clinics in November and December, which involved problem-solving the physical adaptations needed to successfully throw the sport’s 42-pound stones. Volunteers from the Granite Curling Club then worked with the veterans to develop and improve their technique to improve their overall game skills. With some help from a local hardware store, the clinic was also able to utilize a wheelchair-mounted curling stick.
The program is one of the health system’s Recreational Therapy programs that introduces adaptive sports and recreation to promote increased health, physical activity and socialization. The Northwest Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America also assisted with providing overall accessibility support of the facility. See more on the VA Puget Sound Health Care System Facebook page. (Tim Pfarr)