The Birches is a specialist service developed to support individuals with mental health needs, autism and other conditions such as dementia, brain injury and Korsakoff Syndrome.
The service is designed to assist in the gradual integration and rehabilitation back into the community.
Our approach to support
The Birches focuses on providing innovative therapeutic treatment and support to each person on an individual basis.
Staff have received specialist training in mental health awareness, managing aggressive behaviour, Positive Behaviour Support, PROACT-SCIPr-UK®, and autism and learning disability support. The home also has strong links to local health professionals, giving residents access to multidisciplinary support. This includes access to mental health support teams, brain injury specialists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists.
People living at The Birches are given both the support and encouragement to live as independently as possible and set attainable targets. All individuals have the opportunity to join in weekly house meetings and be offered individual support sessions to discuss areas of development that they would like to focus on.
Everyone is involved in the development of their own person centred plan – detailing their goals and ambitions and how they will go about achieving these. Individuals are encouraged to take as much responsibility as they can accept, and this will increase as they progress through the service.
The service at the Birches works towards achieving positive outcomes for the individual through a pathway back into independent living.
“I like it that I have so much involvement in my care plans and writing them, having easy access to them. Staff are willing to go through them with me and alter the plans if they aren’t working.”
Person supported by The Birches