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Daniel Yorath House celebrates major refurbishment

Leading Leeds brain injury rehabilitation service celebrates major refurbishment

Daniel Yorath House is a leading rehabilitation unit for people with a brain injury

Daniel Yorath House, a leading rehabilitation unit for people with a brain injury in Garforth, Leeds, has officially reopened after a major refurbishment.

The opening event was attended by Christine Yorath, the mother of Daniel Yorath who the centre was named after. She was joined by Irene Sobowale, Chief Executive of Brainkind (formerly The Disabilities Trust), staff and service users and health sector professionals from across Yorkshire.

Daniel Yorath House was opened in 1992 by the Disabilities Trust, and in that time has supported thousands of people from across the UK to regain skills after a brain injury, with many of them able to return to their homes and jobs.

The upgrade to Daniel Yorath House has prioritised accessibility for residents, and includes widened doorways, bedrooms for bariatric service users, an assisted bathroom with accessible bath and ceiling hoists in several bedrooms. There is also a welcoming new reception area, with two airlock entry points to ensure the protection and security of residents and staff, alongside a newly refurbished physiotherapy gym, treatment rooms, communal areas and more.

The refurbishment programme, which started in March 2022, was carefully devised, using specialist health-sector contractors, to ensure a level of essential neurorehabilitation could continue onsite, with minimal disruption to care for the residents that have remained throughout the work. As such, occupancy has been reduced, but the centre has continued to accept referrals for its service.

The rehabilitation model provided at Daniel Yorath House, as well as other rehabilitation centres run by the Brainkind, provides restorative rehab, when people are first discharged from hospital, followed by compensatory rehab, or finding a way to overcome lost abilities – and lastly long-term support to maximise quality of life and ensure skills aren’t lost.

Irene says: “I am delighted to be officially reopening Daniel Yorath House today. I am thrilled that we can continue to provide the world class neurorehabilitation that Daniel Yorath House is known for, in a much improved, modern setting. Adapting and refreshing our services to the needs of the people we support, whilst enabling their independence, is essential.

This is just the start of a multi-million-pound improvement and expansion programme for Brainkind that will see us broaden the reach of our rehabilitation model, to ensure we can support many more people with brain injuries to regain their independence.”

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