The Richardson Partnership for Care provides specialist residential care and support for adults with acquired brain injury and separately for adults with learning difficulties. We are also experienced in supporting people with mental health issues and behaviours that challenge.
Our experience has shown that an inclusive care package, with the right level of clinical psychology provision for the individual, leads to continual and successful rehabilitation.
Our multi-disciplinary support team includes a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Psychologists, Psychiatrist, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapist and Speech & Language Therapist. In addition, our care staff are trained to carry on and support the work of therapists.
Our approach includes:
- Clinical Neuropsychology
- Speech & Language Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
The MDT develops a bespoke programme of treatment and appropriate goals for each individual. The MDT is assisted by the support workers to deliver this care plan in a structured and co-ordinated way.
Below are some of the elements of neuro-behavioural rehabilitation that make up the overarching structures in our work.
Cognitive rehabilitation therapy - aims to help brain-injured or otherwise cognitively impaired individuals to restore functioning, or to compensate for cognitive deficits. It entails an individualised programme of specific skills training and practice. At The Richardson Partnership for Care, service users are provided with the physical and technological aids to target this aspect of their recovery. Functional and cognitive assessments provide individualised recommendations, which can help support staff to tailor care in a manner that promotes or maintains abilities.
Applied behaviour analysis (ABA) is the application of behaviour analysis to the modification of behaviours. At The Richardson Partnership for Care, support staff complete specialised recording forms, which are collated and analysed by the psychologists. The results help us to understand the relationship between specific behaviours and the environment. This means that things that may negatively affect behaviour can be more positively adapted, as part of a learning or treatment process.
Enhancing Understanding: Part of our work lies in helping individuals to better understand their situation, in terms of physical, social, psychiatric and psychological needs. These have often changed suddenly and will be continuing to change. This work may therefore relate to physical ability, emotional adjustment and familial relationships. Often, aspects of loss and grief have to be addressed. The focus on working with the individual, at their stage of recovery, helps those involved to understand where they are in the stages of change and tailor interventions to promote self-understanding and motivation.
Risk Reduction: Our rehabilitation-focussed ethos at The Richardson Partnership for Care means that as conditions change, an ongoing process of risk assessment is required, so this needs to be a dynamic and evolving process. We have risk assessments to cover physical, environmental and emotional needs, with the aim to bring the level of any risks down in order to help the individual live the best quality of life, in the least restrictive environment and most independent way possible.
To assist the work of psychologists and support service users’ physical, social and emotional well-being, they are offered the following activities:
- Music sessions
- Arts and crafts
- Beauty therapy
- Massage therapy
- Social activities
- Local community activities
- Educational accreditations
- College courses
- Work placements
- Day trips and an annual holiday