Located near Horsham in West Sussex, Kerwin Court is a specialist neurobehavioural rehabilitation centre for people with acquired brain injury (ABI). Opened in 2007, it offers a modern, comfortable and superbly equipped environment for rehabilitation. It forms part of the nationwide network of rehabilitation support services provided by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT).
What does it do?
Kerwin Court specialises in the assessment and rehabilitation of people with an acquired brain injury and complex needs including physical, cognitive, behavioural and / or emotional difficulties, including physical or verbal aggression, impaired social functioning and disinhibited behaviour. Specialist rehabilitation is based on a neurobehavioural approach and focused on enabling service users to function more independently, develop their lives as they choose and participate in as many of their previous roles and activities as possible.
Facilities and environment
At Kerwin Court all service users have their own comfortable en-suite bedrooms, complemented by spacious and well-appointed communal areas for dining and leisure. There are two kitchens and laundry rooms for service users to practice activities of daily living as well as several therapy rooms including a small internet suite. There is a dedicated garden project area compromising of raised beds, polytunnel and potting shed. There are various leisure activities available including arts and crafts, sports and games equipment and a large DVD library.
The main centre has 16 en-suite bedrooms and two self-contained flats. There are also five separate bungalows in the grounds where service users can further develop their independent living skills before moving on to a more independent environment.
Access to the wider community forms an important part of rehabilitation. Its proximity to the West Sussex town of Horsham, with its many shops and leisure facilities, makes Kerwin Court well situated for social interaction, and offers opportunities for education and work placements.