Welcome to Tŷ Aberdafen
Situated in Llanelli, Tŷ Aberdafen offers flexible options of specialist care and support for people with acquired brain injury and complex needs. It forms part of the UK-wide network of services provided by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT).
Support options at Tŷ Aberdafen include: day care and support, getting ready for home, longer term care and support, and independent living options. It is our goal to enable service users to function as independently as possible, develop their lives as they choose and participate in the wider community.
All service users have an individually tailored rehabilitation programme and are involved in setting their personal goals. The 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.
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About Tŷ Aberdafen
Who we support and how
We offer flexible options of specialist care and support for people with acquired brain injury and complex needs. Individuals we support may have severe cognitive, physical and / or emotional problems which could include:
- Verbal and physical aggression
- Impaired social functioning
- Disinhibited behaviour
- Neuropsychiatric symptoms
All support options include:
- High quality service and excellence in care guaranteed
- Specialist team trained in brain injury rehabilitation
- New and modern environment
- Full range of activities through the week, led by our Activities Coordinator and Occupational Therapist
- Clinical overview from Consultant Neuropsychologist
- Activities Handbook to take home
The BIRT centre for Wales is situated less than 10 miles from Junction 38 of the M4, and a quarter of a mile from Llanelli town centre which has a variety of amenities including shops, a post office, GP and dentist surgeries. There is a large leisure complex close by which includes a swimming pool, indoor bowling, and a football pitch.
The service has 24 beds, 18 of which have en-suite bathrooms in the main centre. It also contains two independent living flats and four fully furnished self-contained apartments.
Tŷ Aberdafen is BIRT’s most environmentally friendly building to date and incorporates the latest technology and design features. The service incorporated recyclable materials, energy saving technology and energy efficient resources into the building process to meet the BREEM Excellent standard required.
In 2012, Gareth had a cardiac arrest and subsequent hypoxic brain injury. After spending time in a handful of hospitals, Gareth moved to Tŷ Aberdafen in February 2015. On admission, he began an assessment process in which he tried physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Through the mix of therapies, and monitoring by support workers, Gareth is now able to cope better with the problems he experiences, is supported to have weekly visits home enabling him to connect to his life before the brain injury and has become involved in some of his previous passions. Read more about Gareth's journey here.
Find out more about how our service users changed from admission to discharge in our Outcome report 2018.
Service users' individually tailored rehabilitation programme can include therapy sessions, such as music therapy.
Music therapy aims to facilitate wellbeing and supports people to explore their potential and connect with the world around them. For those with a brain injury, music therapy can ease rehabilitation, offer them a way to be expressive and help with motivation, communication and anxiety.
Read about the impact music therapy has had on service user Matthew here.