Alisha is the first service user from Graham Anderson House (GAH) who has undergone a full service user journey of In-patient Clinical Input, then In-patient Assessment and Rehabilitation at GAH, followed by a period transitional living at Eastfields and, finally, Outreach support at home.
Alisha experienced a hypoxic brain injury in May 2015. BIRT received a referral as she was continuing to demonstrate difficulties with severe memory impairment, disrupted sleep pattern, poor self care, agoraphobia and difficulties engaging with, and parenting, her son. She also had emotional distress and fluctuating mood. It was felt at this point Alisha was not yet ready for a period of inpatient rehabilitation so GAH 's Psychologist and Occupational Therapist completed pre-admission interventions both at home and in the centre.
Alisha struggles to recall this period but her mum said: “This support was invaluable. They gave us re-assurance and helped us understand about brain injury. They helped us put strategies in place which made things easier.”
Admission to Graham Anderson House
As Alisha’s confidence grew and her anxiety became more manageable, she felt able to attend GAH . Initially Alisha became a day patient, gradually building up to overnight stays. During this period Alisha had input from the full clinical team for assessment and rehabilitation of her needs. Some of her interventions included:
Alisha said that she found using her diary helped her memory improve and cooking helped her confidence by building a routine.
She has now been discharged from BIRT’s Outreach service. A referral has been made to Alisha’s local community rehabilitation service for ongoing support. The team at GAH prepared extensive notes for the community team taking on Alisha’s rehabilitation to ensure a smooth transition.
Alisha's story was first published in our BIRTie publication in Autumn 2016.
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