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.
West Heath House underwent a major refurbishment in 2020 and delivers 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 Disabilities Trust we 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 and community access. 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.
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 2020/2021, West Heath House admitted 13 individuals following an acquired brain injury (ABI).
- 69% were male.
- 50% had sustained a traumatic brain injury.
- 30% had other forms of ABI (such as hypoxic brain injury, infection and toxic injury), and
- 20% had a stroke.
- The average time since injury wastwo months.
In 2020/2021, West Heath House discharged 18 people.
- The average length of stay was 53 weeks.
- On discharge:
78% needed only part time or no supervision.
80% moved on to supported or independent living.
83% improved in at least three areas of intervention*
*The areas of intervention are: level of supervision needed, moving to an independent living setting, engaging in employment/leisure activities, abilities, adjustment, and social participation.
Find out more about how our service users changed from admission to discharge in our Brain Injury Report 2019-2020.
West Heath House, located in a residential suburb of Birmingham, offers a safe and comfortable temporary home for people with brain injuries. There are 24 bedrooms, with en suites and an internal pathway that supports service users in transitioning to one of the 4 independent flats. This pathway supports those who are being discharged back home or to supported accommodation. This offers more flexibility for promoting independence whilst still being overseen by the clinical team. It allows the more complex skills to be practised.
The people we support have access to spacious communal areas including a computer suite, games room and the refurbished physiotherapy room with exercise bikes, treadmills and other exercise equipment. Residents are given an individual log in to the wifi so they can use their smart phones and other devices safely and securely. The gardens designed to provide additional therapeutic value, offering the residents a lovely outdoor space to enjoy and watch the birds and wildlife.
Access to some of the vibrant history of Birmingham is on our doorstep. Locally there is shopping at Longbridge which is great for coffee shops and browsing. West Heath House is ideally situated for access to culture, green spaces and places of Worship. Close to train stations and motorway links for families to be able to visit.
After rehabilitation at West Heath House, some individuals may move on to supported living in the community. The Disabilities Trust 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.
West Heath House Refurbishment
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