SPECIALIST RESIDENTIAL SERVICES

 

St. Doolagh’s Park C&RC is a specialist rehabilitation centre that provides residential rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injury.  We have developed two programmes; Specialist Residential Brain Injury Rehabilitation, and Person-Centred Long Term Care. Both of these have achieved international accreditation from CARF (http://www.carf.org/home/) recognising the quality and outcomes of the service.

 


St. Doolagh’s Park provides a high quality, specialised assessment and rehabilitation service for people with cognitive, physical and/or emotional symptoms following an acquired brain injury. An individual’s rehabilitation programme is based around SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely) developed with them and the multi-disciplinary team. The programme with include a combination of individual and group activities. The focus is on enabling residents to function as independently as possible, develop their lives as they choose and to participate in as many of their previous roles and activities as possible. Ultimately, the aim is to enable service users to participate in life as fully and as independently as possible.

 

 

Our multi-disciplinary team includes; Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing, Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist, Assistant Psychologists, Senior Physiotherapist, Senior Occupational Therapist, G.P., Registered General and Psychiatric Nurses, Behavioural Specialists, and Care Assistants.

 

 

Who Comes to St. Doolagh’s?

 

        Age Range upon Admission
18-29 years old 4%
30-49 years old 51%
50-65 years old 34%
65+ years old 10%


Type of Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injury 22%
Cerebrovascular attack/stroke 32%
Hypoxia 21%
Korsakoffs 16%
Infection 3%
Neoplasm/toxic/other 6%

 

Rehabilitation Programme

Our clinical expertise, outstanding facilities and dedication to care means that residents are able to develop a recovery plan that suits their exact needs. We believe that it is never too late to benefit from rehabilitation and ensure that people using our services are supported to regain maximum independence. The rehabilitation programme is unique to the individual but this could include:

 

  • Activities of daily living (ADL) assessment and training

  • Adaptive equipment assessment and training

  • Addiction support and counselling

  • Assistive technology assessment and training

  • Behavioural assessment and management

  • Brain injury education

  • Bowel and bladder training

  • Clinical neuropsychological assessment

  • Cognitive rehabilitation training

  • Community orientation and integration

  • Coping with and adjustment to disability support

  • Discharge planning

  • Dysphagia assessment and management

  • Family/ support system education, training and counselling

  • Independent living skills assessment and training

  • Medical assessment and management

  • Mobility assessment, review and training

  • Nutritional counselling and management

  • Pastoral and spiritual guidance

  • Patient advocacy and support

  • Patient education, training and counselling

  • Pharmaceutical care, management and training

  • Podiatry/Chiropody

  • Psychosocial assessment and psychotherapeutic intervention

  • Rehabilitation nursing

  • Relaxation and Stress Management

  • Safety awareness and training

  • Sexuality counselling

  • Smoking cessation training and support

  • Spasticity management

  • Speech/Language and communication assessment and training

  • Splinting assessment and training

  • Vocational assessment and counselling

 

 

Social Activities

At St. Doolagh’s social activities play a key role in ensuring a community feel and positive atmosphere. We endeavour to provide a wide range of activities to cater for physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the residents.  Our full-time Activities Co-ordinator plays a key role delivering a broad and exciting range of activities for our residents. These activities include: music therapy, art classes, dancing, trivia, current affair readings and discussion groups, music events, cinema trips, zoo trips, therapy dog, exercise groups, and gardening to name a few.

 

 

Services provided for Families

We understand that brain injury can be a major source of stress for family members. There is the acute stress at the time of the injury but there can also be ongoing frustration and difficulties in coming to terms and adjusting to the changes. To help families we offer support groups as well as education and training about brain injuries.