Our Therapies

Headway Basingstoke provides specialised community based rehabilitation re-enablement and support services for individuals with brain injury and their carers. Our assessment and treatment focusses on Active Rehabilitaion, Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy (CRT), Physical Therapies, Occupational Therapies, Long Term Slow Stream Rehabilitation and Maintenance, and Community Re-engagement and Outreach Support.

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Our active rehabilitation programme is a structured programme with you attending normally for one day a week.This structured programme runs several times a year.You will have to commit to attending regularly to be accepted on this programme and staff will continually monitor and record your participation and progress.You will be assigned a key worker at the time of engagement, who will work with you to identify and agree a goal based rehabilitation care plan. Following your active rehabilitation, you will be assessed on your progress and discharged if appropriate. If you require further rehabilitation you may be referred to our Slow Stream, Long Term Rehabilitation and Maintenance or Community Re-engagement and Outreach Programme. Programme activities include:

Confidence Building following brain injury:

These structured sessions enable you meeting other people in similar situations as yourself. You’ll share your experiences and work on building confidence and self-esteem. This is a great way to get your rehabilitation plan started. Our staff will help you use tools such as Mindfulness and Active Relaxation. They’ll be available to coach and mentor you to make progress and we’ll even monitor your progress so you can see the how far you’ve moved forward.

Hero’s Journey

This follows on from Confidence building following brain injury.  Providing structured sessions using a process called Hero’s Journey to help you come to terms with the loss of your previous self, building on who you are now, learning to like the new you, and moving forward.

The areas you will cover are:

  • Understanding brain injury, mechanisms and implications.
  •  Understand emotional/ behavioural changes.
  •  How to cope with change in self.
  •  Working towards a new sense of self.

Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy

CRT focuses on attention, visual processing, information processing, memory and executive functions. You’ll be assessed to identify strengths and challenges and then work on those specific areas. CRT is about relearning processes and re training your brain. You’ll develop strategies to improve areas of challenge. It’s not about getting things right or wrong it’s about the process involved in carrying out a task. You’ll progress at your own speed according to your abilities and the level of support you require. Modules are identified through assessment and embedded in to your individual ongoing rehabilitation care plan, activities and attendance.

Occupational Therapy

You may be engaged on other activities whilst signed up to active rehabilitation and these include:
  • Cooking (skills and theory, e.g. healthy eating, identification of food groups, information on conditions such as diabetes)
  • Horticulture – Gardening and growing our own vegetables for cooking
  • Discussion Groups
  • Music Therapy

Fine Motor Functions

  • Creative therapy (art, ceramics, 3D models)
  • Passive Physiotherapy

A Typical Day

  • There are 2 sessions a day – the day starts promptly at 10 am and finishes at 3 pm. You will bring your own packed lunch and a contribution of £2.50 for the service.
  • At the start of each session you, other service users and staff discuss the purpose of each session and the skills and goals the session is working towards.
  • You will be encouraged to carry out independent living skills throughout the day including activities such as serving hot drinks, loading the dishwasher, tidying after lunch.

The aim of our longer term rehabilitation and maintenance programme is to enable you to further develop your skills moving you towards improved health and wellbeing, self-management and independence.

This pathway also supports you if you are unlikely to be able to return to community living and independence without continued specialist support to improve or maintain your cognitive skills, executive functions, communication and vocational skills.

This programme includes sessions which focus on.

  • Independent Living Skills
  • Health and Well-being
  • Communication
  • Physical Activity
  • Cooking (skills and theory, e.g. healthy eating, identification of food groups, information on conditions such as diabetes)
  • Horticulture – Gardening and growing our own vegetables for cooking
  • Discussion Groups
  • Music Therapy

Fine Motor Functions

  • Creative therapy (art, ceramics, 3D models)
  • Passive Physiotherapy

 Once you have progressed through the active rehabilitation and/or the ongoing rehabilitation and have reached a level of self-management and independence you may wish to use our community re-engagement and outreach programme.

Designed to encourage maximum independence, you are encouraged to work in peer to peer groups to lead and manage social activities such as swimming and bowling knowing that a representative from Headway will be there to assist if necessary.

As a Community re-engagement and outreach service user, you may or may not attend the centre on a regular basis. However, should you need support or assistance during a period of crisis you will have access to Headway Basingstoke’s information, advice and services.