service user in physical therapy session with support worker in Daniel Yorath House

Ahead of the publication of its Annual Report 2014, Daniel Yorath House has announced outcome data for its service users in 2014.

In 2014, 37 new service users were admitted in 2014 and 34 individuals were discharged. The average length of stay was only five months. At discharge, 89% of service users were independent, or required only part-time supervision, compared to 34% at admission.

Daniel Yorath House is a 23 bed service, and the outcomes demonstrate that much has been achieved in a relatively short space of time. Most of the individuals discharged increased their independent living skills and moved into an environment with less supervision and support.

Of the 34 service users who were discharged in 2014, 56% went on to live independently, and 39% moved into supported accommodation to live with other people with brain injury. Some service users were assessed for independent living skills in Daniel Yorath House's transitional living services: community houses located a few minutes walk from the main service. These facilities give service users the chance to practice their independent living skills prior to discharge.

At discharge, 32 individuals were taking part in productive or occupational activity such as volunteering or paid work, regular recreational activities, education or training.

Dr Andrew James, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at Daniel Yorath House, said, 'We are very proud of the rehabilitation programmes our interdisciplinary team has delivered and the hard work and commitment of our service users. The outcome is that most individuals have been able to move from Daniel Yorath House into accommodation with less supervision and support, and live more independent lives. Most are also engaged in meaningful activities, improving the quality of their lives and of those around them.'

Like other services offered by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT), Daniel Yorath House collects information on admission and at discharge about service users' care and supervision needs, mood, behaviour and participation in society. The measures BIRT chooses are widely used, standardised instruments with good psychometric properties. BIRT hopes that publishing its outcome data will help stakeholders such as service users, families and professionals working with them understand the changes they may expect to see in service users during and following rehabilitation in its services.