Welcome to Kerwin Court
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).
Specialist rehabilitation is based on a neurobehavioural approach and focuses 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.
All service users have an individually tailored rehabilitation programme and are involved in setting their personal goals. Their programme may include educational and therapeutic sessions and support, personal, social and domestic skills, guided leisure time, behavioural management, community access and vocational support/training. Service users are actively involved in reviewing their progress against agreed outcomes.
About Kerwin Court
Who we support and how
Kerwin Court specialises in the assessment and rehabilitation of people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and complex needs who may experience some /any of the following symptoms
- Cognitive problems including thinking, memory, problem solving, learning, awareness and perception
- Physical impairments that affect mobility, posture or dexterity
- Physical and verbal aggression
- Communication difficulties
- Challenging behaviour
We use a neurobehavioural approach to deliver in-depth assessment, rehabilitation and discharge planning from admission.
In 2017, Kerwin Court admitted 28 individuals following an ABI.
- 57% were male.
- 58% had a stroke, 21% had sustained a traumatic brain injury and 21% had other forms of ABI.
- The average time since injury was 3 months.
Kerwin Court discharged 32 people. The average length of stay was 4 months. On discharge:
- 71% needed only part time or no supervision.
- 77% moved on to supported or independent living.
Discover more about how our service users progressed between admission and discharge at our services across the country in our Outcomes report.
At Kerwin Court all service users have their own comfortable bedrooms, complemented by spacious 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. There is a dedicated garden project area and various leisure activities available.
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 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.
During rehabilitation, progress is discussed at regular review meetings, with a view to discharge home or to a more independent environment, for example, one of BIRT’s nearby transitional living facilities or community houses.
In 2017, of the 32 people discharged from Kerwin Court, 71% needed only part time or no supervision and 77% moved on to supported or independent living.
We have community houses in the local area which people may move into after rehabilitation at Kerwin Court.