My name is Toby. I am 30 years old and suffered a brain injury after being knocked down by a 4 x 4 vehicle. I worked on boats as a mechanic before the accident. I came to Peartree because the accident caused me problems.
What were your challenges when you came to Peartree?
I had slow speech, I was indecisive, unsafe outside, with poor spatial awareness, vulnerable and I could not live independently. I just couldn’t function on any level without support from my family and the professionals at Peartree.
What did you want to achieve from your rehabilitation time?
I wanted to be safer as a pedestrian, to live independently with support, to plan and cook simple meals safely, shop with a simple budget and improve my speech.
How did the staff help/support you with your rehabilitation?
I had a programme with the therapists where we did a lot of Speech and Language Therapy work, went into the community with the OTs and Assistants, and we practised being out and about in the community which increased my confidence and safety. I moved into a flat (‘transitional living unit’) which enabled me to practise safety in the home with support. I established independent food plans, worked with a budget and went shopping. The main thing was that I had daily routines established. In the end I moved from being dependent to living independently with some support at home.
What did you achieve from your rehabilitation at Peartree?
I increased my confidence and my safety awareness in all areas. My physical fitness and strength improved, so did my speech. I am now able to make my own choices in life (not always good ones but still my own). I am able to lead my own exercise, shopping etc. I have also used public transport on known routes and I even went to Hamburg alone by plane.
Since your discharge from Peartree, how has your life changed?
I’m just able to live my life now. I’m living independently with some family and OT support (once a week). I continue to cook, manage a flat, and do voluntary work twice a week based on my previous employment. I use buses, cycle and use a gym independently.
A family’s experience of Peartree House
Our 21 year old son, Jack, was admitted to Peartree House for rehabilitation following a traumatic brain injury whilst at University. He had initial acute care and rehabilitation at St Mary’s Hospital before coming to Peartree.
How did you choose Peartree House for Jack?
The funding authority gave Jack and us the choice between Peartree House and another provider and we selected Peartree.
What influenced your decision?
Jack and I (Caroline, his mum) visited before making our decision. The visit went very well. The welcome was very warm and friendly. We had an excellent guided tour and the service was explained clearly.
What was your experience of the whole rehabilitation process from admission to discharge?
Our experience was one of positive encouragement for Jack. All the staff we met were positive, friendly and professional. We really appreciated the extensive review meetings that catered to Jack’s progress. We also really appreciated the flexibility that allowed Jack to travel to Cornwall to attend his University ball and the well-considered care given for his welfare.
What did Jack achieve from his rehabilitation at Peartree?
Jack achieved a huge amount in his first 3 months at Peartree. He made great strides towards the goal of being independent again and returning to University in the near future.
If there is one thing that really made a difference to the experience you and Jack had during the rehabilitation process, what would it be?
The positive encouragement for Jack from all the OT, Physio and SLT teams to make the most of his time at Peartree House.
What would you say to other potential clients and families about Peartree House?
We would strongly recommend Peartree House. Everyone works as a team to get the best improvement possible for their clients. The friendly atmosphere makes Peartree House a lovely place to live and the food smelled and looked delicious.
Making a referral
We accept referrals from any healthcare and social care professional or case manager. Individuals can also self-refer. Referrals are accepted on a written standardised referral form, via telephone, fax, email or letter.
Please phone us on 023 8044 8168