The Functional Zone in LeisureWorld, Bishopstown, is a service provided by HSE Neuro Physios in partnership with specially trained LeisureWorld gym Instructors for people with neurological conditions.
The neuro physios attend the gym on a scheduled basis and set up service users with individualised exercise programmes, which service users then continue with the support of the gym staff as required, and access to physio review as appropriate.
Participants pay either gym membership, or single visit fees as they use the gym. It works very well, with a 78% attendance rate, and good feedback from participants with regard to its impact on their quality of life.
Unfortunately, the service is currently not available to people with non-neuro conditions. The Functional Zone web page has recently been updated to clarify this point.