A 26 bedded unit for men and women situated in the historic village of Ditchingham on the Suffolk/Norfolk border and sits in an acre of beautiful gardens. The centre supports individuals with complex healthcare needs associated with a neurological condition, including acquired brain injury (stroke, trauma, tumour, encephalitis, aneurysm, haemorrhage) or a progressive neurological condition, for example Huntington’s Disease or Parkinson’s Disease. Treatment is offered in a comfortable setting with access to modern equipment and facilities including physiotherapy gym, occupational therapy training kitchen and wheelchair accessible sensory garden. There is also ample space for quiet reflection, socialising and family visits.
Individuals may present with a range of physical, cognitive, psychological, behavioural or communicative support needs and require significant input from a multi-disciplinary team. Referrals are likely to come from Level 1 rehabilitation services, acute stroke wards, neuro intensive care units or neurosurgical wards where the need for a further period of active rehabilitation has been identified to maximise functionality, independence and recovery.
The frequency and intensity of therapy depends on the complexity of the individual. The extensive multi-disciplinary team will work collaboratively to develop individualised rehabilitation programmes. Long and short term goals and objectives will be agreed in conjunction with each service user, to allow them to express their views regarding priorities. The approach to rehabilitation follows a bio-psycho-social model which focuses on therapeutic optimism, relapse prevention, personalisation and positive risk taking.
High Dependency and Specialist Nursing
All Hallows also provides rehabilitation focused, high dependency and specialist nursing care for individuals who require more intensive observation and intervention or specialist equipment resources. The skilled nursing team are trained to care for individuals with a range of complex needs including the management of tracheostomy care and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) or dysphagia feeding regimes. Rehabilitation medicine, psychology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy will undertake a range of assessments to establish support needs and treatment goals and will continue to work with the nursing team to maximise recovery and achieve the best outcomes.
Community rehabilitation is suitable for individuals who have received a period of active rehabilitation and demonstrated the ability to gain further independence and functionality in a community setting or for those who have experienced a break down in their community placement and need a period of stabilisation. The multi-disciplinary team will collaborate to develop individualised care and treatment plans and agree long and short term goals and objectives with each service user. Service users will have access to a wide range of meaningful community activities and will benefit from the wide range of vocational and educational opportunities available.
All Hallows has 4 pre-discharge flats which enable the team to assess and consolidate skills and risk assess in a ‘real’ environment prior to discharge. The team are committed to ensuring that service users have the best possible chance of success when they return home or to an alternative community setting.
Progressive Neurological Conditions
Expert disability management is available for individuals with neurological conditions with a progressive deterioration of functioning, which include amongst others, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and dementia. All Hallows adopt a holistic approach to care which treats the ‘whole person’, not just the symptoms.
The multi-disciplinary team will continue to undertake comprehensive assessments and adapt care and treatment plans to reflect changing needs. Treatment plans are designed to maintain independence for as long as possible, maximise quality of life and provide meaningful social and leisure activities, aligned to the interests of each individual.