Located in a residential suburb of Birmingham, West Heath House specialises in the rehabilitation of people with an acquired brain injury and complex needs such as cognitive, physical and/or emotional difficulties, including physical and verbal aggression, impaired social functioning and disinhibited behaviour.
We deliver rehabilitation for up to 22 individuals, including four self-contained flats designed to allow individuals to progress to more independent living, whilst remaining in a safe setting.
At the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (BIRT) we aim to guide service users through the entire process of rehabilitation, as well as offering support, education and continuing help to their families, carers and friends.
Specialist rehabilitation is based on a neurobehavioural approach. 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. We actively promote the involvement of families in the rehabilitation process, and home leave is encouraged wherever possible.
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ABOUT WEST HEATH HOUSE
Who we support
In addition to our general admission criteria many service users are admitted to our neurobehavioural centres directly from NHS hospitals and, after a period of rehabilitation, are discharged home or to more independent living environment, sometimes with part time support.
Our brain injury rehabilitation services are for people who 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
In 2017, West Heath House admitted 12 individuals following an acquired brain injury (ABI).
- 83% were male.
- 33%% had sustained a traumatic brain injury, 50% had other forms of ABI (such as hypoxic brain injury, neoplasm and infection) and 17% had had a stroke.
- The average time since injury was 14 months.
West Heath House discharged 10 people. The average length of stay was 9 months. On discharge:
- 60% had reduced supervision needs on discharge.
- 30% moved on to supported or independent living.
Discover more about how our service users changed between admission and discharge at our services across the country in our Outcomes report 2017
Located in attractive grounds in a residential suburb of Birmingham, West Heath House provides comfortable, en suite accommodation for 24 service users, including two self-contained flats allowing individuals to progress to more independent living whilst remaining in a safe setting.
Service users have access to spacious communal areas including a computer suite, games room and physiotherapy room, as well as gardens designed to provide additional therapeutic value. Access to the wider community forms an important part of rehabilitation. With easy access to Birmingham city centre, with its vibrant heritage, entertainment venues, culture and public spaces, West Heath House is ideally situated for community integration.
After rehabilitation at West Heath House, some individuals may move on to supported living in the community. BIRT offers a supported living scheme in Birmingham which enables individuals to live in the community, but with all the support they need for up to 24 hours a day. We support individuals to develop their own person-centred support plan embracing their lifestyle choices and including input from family members and professionals involved in their care.
For people with longer-term rehabilitation needs, 1101 Bristol Road is also located in Birmingham and offers continuing rehabilitation and specialist care and support for people with an acquired brain injury.
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