The Way Ahead – 3 Steps to Re-enablement
Care, support and hope for people with alcohol-related brain damage
We provide care and support for people affected by ‘Alcohol Related Brain Damage’ (ARBD) in three specialist cares homes in Weston-Super-Mare, North Somerset and Torquay, Devon.
We’re one of the few care home providers in the UK registered for people suffering from the effects of abuse of ‘alcohol past and present’. We’re one of even fewer who are able to provide specialist care for those suffering from alcohol-related brain damage such as Korsakoff’s syndrome and Wernicke’s encephalopathy (otherwise known as ‘Wernicke-Korsakoff’s Syndrome’).
When an individual comes to stay in one of our specialist ARBD homes, we provide them with a support plan that seeks to enable them to go back into the community and to support individuals to live as independently as they can.
With over 20 year expertise in this field we have combined our knowledge and experience to develop a way ahead which is designed to help an individual take back control of their life and help them regain skills to live independently and alcohol free.
We have developed a positive and flexible approach working with commissioners of care to provide care solutions that provide value for money. We have a variety of services from long term specialist support, to respite periods and day care. We also operate a home care agency for those individuals living in the wider community of Somerset and surrounding areas, through which we can offer continuing care and support.
Due to the diversity, complexity and fluctuation of individual needs, people with ARBD require a person-centred approach. Individuals progress at different rates and in different ways. Our aim is to work with commissioners to maximise their potential to move towards a contented, sustainable and fulfilling level of independence.
We fully assess each individual every 3 months, through on-going assessments, monitoring and reviews. Recovery is measured in terms of improved cognitive functioning, physical ability and quality of life. It is important to emphasise that around 75% of this group of people could have the chance of some recovery if they are identified at an early stage and appropriate intervention offered.
The specific skill areas we consider and assess are;
- Personal Hygiene & Self Care
- Social Development Skills
- Communication Skills
- Personal Mobility & Safety Skills
- Household Living Skills
We look and review how far an individual has come in relation to undertaking tasks independently or if they still assistance by a support worker. We are then able to adjust their support plan accordingly to match their level of independence. The idea is to move them from ‘Step 1’ requiring substantial support to ‘Step 3’ where skills learnt can be consistently used with little or no assistance. Through our own care agency we are able to offer continued support to an individual if they progress enough to live more independently in the wider community.
ARBD holds many challenges for everyone concerned. We continue to expand our knowledge and understanding of the condition by continuous working with this client group, training and development. By doing so we are able to provide services that will more effectively improve the lives of those affected by it.