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Ipswich, England

The Chantry

The Chantry is a specialist neurological centre in Ipswich. We support people to thrive after a brain injury and/or a range of other neurological conditions such as Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis. We are committed to providing innovative neurorehabilitation and long-term complex care and disability management to improve the quality of life for people with acquired brain injury and other neurological conditions.

Brief overview

Specialism: Acquired brain injury and a range of other neurological conditions such as Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis.

  • 32 bedrooms over two units, some of which have specially adapted ensuite bathrooms.
  • Unit 1 offers accommodation and nursing for 26 people who require long term complex care disability management and slow stream rehabilitation
  • Unit 2 offers intensive level 2 rehabilitation for up to 6 people for a maximum of twelve weeks (this can be extended)
  • Fresh food tailored to meet a range of dietary needs
  • Specially equipped gym and occupational therapy rooms
  • Arts and crafts activity room
  • Music therapy
  • Fully equipped rehabilitation skills kitchens to support individuals to regain their daily living skills

About The Chantry

Our neurological centre specialises in providing exceptional care for individuals and their families coping with acquired brain injuries and other neurological conditions such as Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis. We are here for you, every step of the way.

The neurorehabilitation multidisciplinary team includes neuro occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, neuro physiotherapist, neuropsychology, rehabilitation nurses and neuropsychiatry, and they are led /supported by a consultant in rehabilitation medicine.

Facilities 

The Chantry is a large Grade II listed mansion built in the 18th century and set within the magnificent gardens of Chantry Park. Our neurological centre offers a safe and comfortable environment for the people we support to thrive, maximising independence and supporting their social and emotional needs.

We can accommodate up to 32 people with a variety of amenities to support their comfort and well-being, including specially adapted bathrooms, a large lounge and dining area, therapy and activity rooms, and a tranquil courtyard. Relaxation and reflection are encouraged in our beautiful walled garden, which features a serene water feature.

Our gym is fully equipped with equipment to enhance movement and function, and our occupational therapists teach personal life skills to increase independence, while our group sessions offer arts, crafts and music therapy.

Our model of care

Our model is based on a neurorehabilitation approach and focuses on enabling people to function more independently and develop their lives as they choose. The multidisciplinary team has specialist assessment and therapy rooms to aid individuals in recovery.

Our person-centred programme may include:

  • Multidisciplinary assessment of needs
  • Educational and therapeutic sessions
  • Support for personal, social, and domestic skills
  • Behavioural guidance
  • Community based activities
  • Supported leisure activities

The people we support are actively involved in reviewing their progress against agreed outcomes, and we promote the involvement of families in the rehabilitation process. Home leave is encouraged wherever possible.

Becoming more independent

Access to the wider community forms an important part of rehabilitation at Brainkind. The Chantry, and our supported living service, is a ten-minute drive from Ipswich city centre, making social integration possible. Whether discharged within six months or a year, our aim is to support everyone to be as independent as possible. We work with the people we support on a one-to-one basis to access the local community, with a person-centred plan which enables individuals to work at their own pace. That’s why care is tailored to individual circumstances and never rushed.

As well as providing comfortable places to live and socialise, the Chantry and our supported living service are ideally placed for social integration and offer opportunities for education, training, and work placements.

Our supported living service features:

  • A four-bedroom bungalow (plus one room for use as a staff facility)
  • Large kitchen and dining area
  • Spacious lounge area with a conservatory and patio
  • Well-maintained garden
  • Two fully equipped wet rooms (plus additional cloakroom)
  • Onsite parking

Who we support

We specialise in the rehabilitation and ongoing long-term support of people following an acquired brain injury and a range of other neurological conditions such as Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s, and multiple sclerosis.

Individuals may also have any or a combination of the following:

  • Cognitive problems including thinking, memory, problem-solving, learning, awareness, and perception
  • Physical impairments that affect mobility, posture, or dexterity
  • Physical and verbal aggression
  • Communication difficulties
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Those who are peg fed, or require tracheostomy care
  • Specialist neurological end of life care
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