Located in the beautiful town of Crowborough in East Sussex, The Vines is a person-centred residential service. We specialise in supporting people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) and progressive neurological conditions (PNC). This includes dementia, epilepsy, huntington’s disease, parkinson’s disease, a stroke and korsakoff's syndrome. We are currently accepting admissions for mid to long term placements.
The Vines provides a step-down service that offers support for individuals who have had their initial post-acute rehabilitation in hospital services. For individuals with a PNC, we offer a flexible and responsive approach to their care. We celebrate and support what they are able to do, when they are able to do so, whilst preparing for ways they can continue to excel as their condition progresses.
The Vines aims to promote independence and help each resident to return back into the community, where possible.
Individuals with a PNC are supported to live independently for as long as possible, whilst early interventions are put into place to support them as their conditions progress. The interventions include the use of communication books and teaching of gestures and signs before a person is unable to speak, so that they are supported and prepared for the effects of their conditions.
At The Vines we strive to ensure that individuals are connected with the local communities and individuals facing the same conditions. For example, the Memory Moments Café and Choir. This ensures that the individual has a support group beyond those who care for them and their families.
The specialist residential service offers a tranquil environment, with a wide range of spacious communal areas and gardens. The facilities and services include:
- 17 bedrooms with well-equipped bathrooms
- A range of communal areas, including a lounge, dining room, kitchen, computer area and quiet room
- A large well-maintained garden offering a tranquil environment
- Facilities and equipment to further support the needs of residents, including specialised baths, wet rooms and a lift
- An experienced multidisciplinary staff team
- Innovative person-centred support programmes
- A focus on developing independence and daily living skills
- Planned in-house and external community activities for residents to enjoy
- Access to music therapy and pet therapy, as well as attending Headway
Developing daily living skills
At The Vines, we promote independence and further development of daily living skills through person-centred daily activities plans, based on individual interests and abilities.
Our individualised activities plans are based on prior interests and work history, prior to a person’s brain injury. In addition, as part of creating the personalised activities plan, we will incorporate multidisciplinary team (MDT) goals and actions into the timetables to ensure that all of the individuals are progressing with their own rehabilitation.
As an example, a residents’ goal might be to help prepare meals and actively be involved in meal preparation. This will be incorporated into their timetable and small achievable goals will be set. A first goal might be to cut and prepare the vegetables, the second goal would be to then add the vegetables to the meal and monitor how this is cooking.
Throughout the year, we will also be undertaking new housing projects at The Vines with the involvement of residents. This further enhances their skills, such as developing and maintaining vegetable patches.
The daily living skills we develop at The Vines includes:
- Food shopping
- Personal care
- Accessing the local community