Beit Halochem Facilities and Activities
Beit Halochem Centers aim at providing solutions to the needs of its members based on their individual, respective disability. Veterans with every kind of disability take part in sports and other activities which form an essential part of their rehabilitation.
Severely handicapped members – blind, paraplegics, amputees and others with disabilities requiring special care – are all treated at the rehabilitative therapy wing.
Beit Halochem Centers maintain close contact with hospitals and rehabilitation centers around the country treating wounded servicemen and women so that they can reach these people as early as possible. Upon their release from these hospitals they are referred to the Beit Halochem Center nearest to their homes, thus ensuring an uninterrupted course of treatment, which is so vital to successful rehabilitation.
Beit Halochem's Physiotherapy Center which treats a wide array of neurological, orthopedic and sports related injuries is equipped with state of the art equipment. A team of experienced physiotherapists work with each disabled veteran according to their specific needs.
Special treatments in water have been recognized as an important and essential factor when treating people with severe injuries. For this purpose, specially heated swimming pools as well as special hydrotherapy pools were built at the Beit Halochem Centers. Here, temperatures are adjusted to conform the special requirements of these treatments for those disabled veterans suffering from serious orthopedic problems especially paraplegics and quadriplegics. Treatments are given by a team of specially trained professionals.
Beit Halochem views each individual member as unique and special. A team of Para-medical experts creates custom made rehabilitation programs suited for each member based on their own, special needs. These programs can include: the fitness center, swimming pool and other complementing treatments which aim it is to improve and enhance the physical and emotional wellbeing of those being treated.
People who are physically disabled often sink into depression feeling they have little left to look forward to. When confronted with a debilitating, crippling injury some may develop feelings of uselessness.
Sports activity can serve as an excellent remedy to combat these feelings. Competitive sports can play a pivotal role on the road towards rehabilitation and reintegration back into society. Sports programs enable people with physical disabilities to experience the emotional and mental excitement of achievement: with every goal achieved, the athlete seeks a new challenge. By competing, the disabled learn how to rise above their limitations and face up to their new situation more easily. This generates a feeling that everything and anything is attainable. Team sports also create opportunities for socializing.
Alongside competitive and achievement oriented sports, Beit Halochem offers its members a wide array of sports activities suited for every form of disability. Professional coaches work at the centers providing guidance. These activities include, amongst others, special gymnastics for amputees and spinal cord injuries, a wheelchair basketball team, table tennis, volley ball, field tennis, tandem bikes for the blind and hand bike cycling for amputees and paraplegics, goal ball – the only team sport for the blind, archery, sailing, rowing, kayaking, horseback riding, wheelchair tennis, badminton, swimming and sports activities for the entire family.
The sports facilities at the Beit Halochem Centers include large sports halls, accessible to all types of disabilities, swimming pools which serve the members for both swimming training as well as for treatments. The temperature of the water is set to suit the needs of the severely disabled which use them.
The Fitness Rooms have equipment fitted for diverse disabilities; people in wheelchairs as well as the blind members are accommodated. The unique shooting gallery at Beit Halochem also accommodates members with every type of disability.
Special Activities for the Blind:
At Beit Halochem’s shooting galleries blind members can carry out shooting practice using special technology which enables them to use their ears instead of their eyes. This is done using an acoustic system (sometimes called electro-acoustic glasses or headphones) which have a special telescopic sight that converts light into sound. The closer the rifle points to the center of the target, the higher the tone.
Goal Ball, is a recognized Paralympic team sport for the blind and the visually impaired. It is played at Beit Halochem.
Blind veterans ride Tandem bikes as part of the bike courses offered.
Special Bowling for the blind is a new activity and veterans have been skiing on Mt. Hermon thanks to specialized programs and coaches who volunteer their time.
CULTURAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
Members can fill their leisure hours at Beit Halochem with a wide array of enrichment programs through cultural activities and art. Plays, concerts and films are shown at the auditoriums, lectures are held on a diversity of subjects. Art exhibits are held displaying members' works.
Creative Workshops/Occupational Therapy:
At Beit Halochem workshops in diverse arts & crafts are offered. These include: painting, photography, sculpting, vitrage, papier-mâché, ceramics, gold and silver crafting, music, cooking, languages, alternative medicine, folk dancing, ballroom dancing and more. Beit Halochem's choruses and singing troupes represent the organization in various events nationwide, including state events and enjoy the esteem and appreciation of all.
Games and Competitions:
The Sports and Recreation Wing organize activities of a competitive nature. The Bridge and Chess clubs at the Beit Halochem Centers are particularly active and their participants take part in various league competitions. A lot of action takes place at the Billiards Hall, especially in view of the great importance this particular sport has for people who have suffered head injuries and need to practice their coordination skills.
Activities for the Entire Family:
With a view to enable the entire family to become active participants in their dear ones' rehabilitation process, Beit Halochem Centers encourage family members to join in on the many activities they offer. Special attention is given to members' children and they enjoy a diversity of activities in the afternoons and during vacation time. Special play rooms have been set up at the four centers, parties and social events take place which allow children to participate alongside their parents.
Two dance troupes operate within the framework of the ZDVO both led by professional choreographers.
"Hora Galgalim" is composed of men and women dancers in wheelchairs paired up with standing partners. It epitomizes the dream to dance and the victory of mind and spirit over body.
The troupe’s program includes a rich repertoire of song, dance and stage performance including Israeli and International Folk dances, Latino and Ballroom dancing and colorful costumes to match them.
"Hora Galgalim" performs in front of wounded soldiers at hospitals and rehabilitation centers, take part in TV programs, participates in the annual Carmiel Dance Festival, appear in many local as well as overseas events and enjoys acclaim wherever it appears.
“Galgalei Kesem” is the dance ensemble which specializes in Latin and Ballroom dancing performed by single partners as well as in groups. Its members take part in international competitions representing Israel in world championships.
Young Veterans Club:
One of the ZDVO’s highest priorities is to provide support and encouragement to its youngest members aged 18-35 by offering them a variety of programs suitable to their particular needs and interests. Regular events such as stand-up comedians, live music performances, jeep rides, paintball outings and extreme sports including rappelling and rock climbing are examples of these programs tailored especially for the benefit of the young veterans. Bringing together the young veterans from all parts of the country creates a bond and camaraderie so vital to their rehabilitation.
"Gil-On” Club - A Unique Framework for the Retirees:
Hundreds of retirees visit the Beit Halochem centers daily. The Gil On Club was established in 1995 to provide an enriched cultural, social and recreational framework for them and their spouses. Lecturers, Artists and Public figures in diverse fields appear before the club members. Field trips and events are also organized. Membership is free for anyone aged 55 years and above