Welcome to The Woodmill
Situated in Cullompton, Devon, The Woodmill is a neurobehavioural rehabilitation centre for people with acquired brain injury (ABI). Offering a range of flexible brain injury rehabilitation options within its specialist centre and in the local community, The Woodmill forms part of the nationwide network of brain injury rehabilitation support services provided by the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT).
The Woodmill has accommodation for up to 19 service users in the main centre, including an independent living flat. In addition, there are two community houses and a bungalow nearby which offer transitional or longer-term rehabilitation options for a further eight service users.
We specialise in the assessment and rehabilitation of people with an acquired brain injury and complex needs. We also offer a continuing brain injury rehabilitation service for people with longer term needs. 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.
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About The Woodmill
Who we support and how
Our service is for people who experience 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
Some service users have other conditions, for example a history of mental health issues, substance misuse (drugs, alcohol), epilepsy, or diabetes. These are addressed in assessment and rehabilitation, with support from external agencies where appropriate.
On admission, the individual has a comprehensive neurobehavioural assessment to determine their potential and to plan rehabilitation focused on behaviour, cognition and mobility needs. Goal planning is carried out with the service user and their family or carers.
Additionally, The Woodmill has developed a flexible rehabilitation outreach service for people in the South West of England who would benefit from structured rehabilitation after an ABI, but do not need this to be delivered within a residential care setting.
Amanda was admitted to the Woodmill after sustaining a severe brain injury from falling off a galloping horse. She was in a coma for three weeks and after being discharged from hospital it was noticeable that her situation at home was becoming increasingly difficult. It was then that she was admitted to The Woodmill for rehabilitation and started her long road to recovery. Read Amanda's story here.
Discover more about how our service users progressed between admission and discharge at our services across the country in our Outcomes report 2018.
When someone is admitted to The Woodmill for brain injury rehabilitation they undergo a comprehensive neurobehavioural assessment to determine their potential for social reintegration and increased independence. During the initial brain injury rehabilitation period, a review meeting is held with the service user, family, funders and other involved parties, to discuss progress and plan the next steps in the individual's rehabilitation.
Treatment is focused on the specific goals of the brain injury rehabilitation programme. Progress is discussed at regular review meetings, with a view to discharge home or to a more independent environment, for example, one of the BIRT’s nearby transitional living facilities or community houses.
Set in a beautiful rural location in the heart of the West Country, The Woodmill offers an exceptional setting for rehabilitation. All service users have their own comfortable en-suite bedrooms, complemented by well-appointed communal areas for dining and relaxation, as well as a courtyard and landscaped gardens. Rehabilitation takes place in a supportive setting with access to a wide range of therapeutic and recreational activities.
The Woodmill’s location in the town of Cullompton, makes it well situated for community integration during rehabilitation. Opportunities for education, training and work placements are available and accessible. The service is close to the M5 and rail links, enabling service users to enjoy the best of Devon and Somerset.