Duncan sustained a brain injury aged 17 and came to BIRT’s Graham Anderson House (GAH) in 2012, aged 34. Immediately prior to admission he was living with family, following several rehabilitation placements which had failed due to his challenging behaviour.
Duncan spent 33 month in GAH’s main assessment and rehabilitation centre, before moving into his own flat in their Eastfields Transitional Living Unit in November 2015.
Rehabilitation goal: To continue to practice skills around maintaining a tenancy, in preparation for moving on to living more independently
Interventions: Duncan’s placement at Eastfields affords him a high level of independence with support from staff as and when required.
The new development allows me to be more independent but have support if and when I need it."
Duncan’s case illustrates that even some 17 years after his original injury, BIRT were able to support Duncan to progress with rehabilitation. He is now living in his own flat at Eastfields. He is a keen cyclist and walker and participates in regular community activities. Shortly after moving to Eastfields he also started volunteering in a local wood recycling centre.