The information on this page is designed for healthcare professionals including GPs, hospitals, medico-legal clients and CCGs. To help you make an informed decision, you may also wish to view our general admission criteria. Kent House is a continuing rehabilitation centre run by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) for people with an acquired brain injury (abi) who have already undergone rehabilitation, need specialist care and support in a residential setting, and have longer term support needs to maintain their independence.
Referrals should be made directly to Kent House. We accept referrals from a wide range of agencies including health, social services, medico-legal and other specialist providers. To seek an admission, please complete our secure online referral form. Please include all relevant information about your client such as medical reports and records, as well as an indication of their needs and current situation. If you would like an informal discussion with the Service Manager and /or Consultant in Neuropsychology and Rehabilitation at Kent House, please contact us.
What do we offer?
Working to the same high standards as other BIRT services and using the neurobehavioural approach, our continuing rehabilitation services focus on maximising independence. Clinical input from the interdisciplinary team is provided at a lower level than that provided in our intensive rehabilitation services, and this is reflected in the fees.
All service users have an individually tailored treatment programme and are involved in setting their personal goals. The programme includes educational and therapeutic sessions, personal, social and domestic skills, guided leisure time, behavioural management, community access and vocational training and support. Service users are actively involved in reviewing their progress against agreed outcomes. The length of a residential placement varies depending on an individual's needs, with many of our service users moving on to live in a more independent, less supported environment in the community. Continuing rehabilitation can be delivered in our main centres or in smaller community houses located nearby.
When a service user is admitted to Kent House they undergo a neurobehavioural assessment to determine their potential for social reintegration and increased independence. This includes assessments of, for example, cognitive skills, the nature and frequency of any challenging behaviour and the service user's ability to engage with the community and complete functional daily tasks.
At the end of the assessment period, a meeting is held at which family, funders and other involved parties join the team to discuss the results. This enables the team to identify any barriers to recovery and link these with a course of rehabilitation and support, while taking into account the aspirations of the service user and family members.
BIRT offers a nationwide continuum of services for people with acquired brain injury including post-acute hospital-based rehabilitation, assessment and rehabilitation, continuing rehabilitation and community support services. The duration of placements at Kent House varies, depending on the service user's level of need and their potential for rehabilitation. A range of move on community based options is available through our Community Services division.