Stepping stone to independent living
The focus of transitional living is to provide rehabilitation and support in a residential setting that enables the person with an ABI return to an independent living lifestyle in their community. At the Transitional Living Unit (TLU) the neuro-rehabilitation programme is developed by a team of experienced multi-disciplinary clinicians who are responsible for assessing the individual needs of the person with an acquired brain injury, and developing a tailored Individual Rehabilitation Plan (IRP) and support, specific to the their individual needs.
Where Assisted Living offers 24/7 support, transitional living support is provided on a four-night/five-day basis; allowing the residents return home to their family for the weekends. During the days, the individuals participate in a structured rehabilitation programme either on site or in the community. They will also engage with their Rehabilitative Assistant key worker a one to one programme basis to discuss their Individual Rehabilitation Plan (IRP) and how they are progressing. Some of this programme will be carried out in the Transitional Living Unit itself, while others will take place out in the community in different meeting places; encouraging the client to gain confidence in socialising or accessing facilities of their choice in their community again.
Time spent in the TLU will allow the rehabilitation team to assess the individuals’ independent living potential and the level of support they need to return to their own home or move back with a family member.
The structured rehabilitation programme is delivered by a team of clinicians specialising in acquired brain injury, along with rehabilitation assistants and a Local Services Manager. Together, they work with Transitional Living residents to achieve the goals in their own Individual Rehabilitation Plans (IRP). The IRP also suggests how long an individual might remain in the transitional living service.
Why is transitional living important?
- The transitional living service focuses on enhancing the independent living skills of individuals who have an acquired brain injury.
- Time spent in this service allows the clinicians to assess the independent living potential of the client.
- The level of support the individual might require to move back into their own home, or with their family, can be assessed.
- The person in Transitional Living gets the chance to put into practice what he or she has learned during the support periods when he or she returns home at the weekends.