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.
Making a referral
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