What we do

Most people we work alongside have never needed the support of a rehabilitation team before, so don’t know what to expect.

So what is personalised rehabilitation?

We will work collaboratively with you, and the people who care for you, to develop a goal focused, personalised therapy programme. This starts with you telling us what you want to do, need to do and are expected to do, in your day-to-day life and what your goals are for the future.

We then develop practical, problem-solving treatment strategies to help you do more things and become more independent. As you progress on your journey, we will review how you’re doing and make changes to your therapy, so we can support you in taking back control of your life.

We call this the cycle of rehabilitation.

Our specialist assessments

Specialist Occupational Therapy Assessments for people aged 14 and over.

Our assessments are face to face, take about 2 hours to complete and are undertaken where you live, study or work, depending upon your individual needs and circumstances.

During this assessment we will ask you to tell us about:

  • your 24-hour routine including who helps you and any equipment you use
  • what you see as your strengths and limitations
  • what your goals for the future are.

    We will watch you undertake tasks to analyse the best way we can help you and talk to the people who support you, including your family, carers and other members of your rehabilitation team.

    We will then produce a report that pulls all assessment information together and details the therapy we feel you would benefit from, including how many sessions and for how long.

    Our treatment programmes

    At North Star Rehab we are a skilled and experienced team.

    Your rehabilitation programme will be holistic and personalised to your unique needs, here are some examples of the types of programmes we have built for our clients

    Physical rehabilitation including:

    • optimising 24-hour posture and positioning
    • task specific movement training
    • intensive arm and hand rehabilitation
    • energy, rest and fatigue management
    • environmental optimisation including equipment and adaptations

    Cognitive rehabilitation including:

    • memory training and strategies
    • attention, insight, and awareness skills
    • planning and self-management skills
    Behavioural rehabilitation including:

    • Positive Behavioural Support (PBS)
    • self-management and self-awareness skills
    • PBS and de-escalation training for care teams
    Daily living skills including:
    • self and personal care skills
    • domestic and community living skills training
    • household management skills and independent living trials
    • meaningful leisure and recreation choices
    Vocational skills support including:
    • work stability, employer liaison and site visits
    • transferrable skills review and support to re-access employment
    • volunteering and work placement support

    Our treatment programmes are delivered by Occupational Therapists, supported by our Rehabilitation Assistants.

    Our Rehabilitation Assistants

    Our Rehabilitation Assistants (RAs) are key members of your team and are supervised and specially trained by our therapists to undertake parts of your prescribed programme. They have a wide range of skills and knowledge and are central to our community and leisure-based programmes.

    Activation Coaching programmes
    This health and wellbeing programme aims at promoting physical and mental health after disability or illness. It includes baselining your current level of activity and agreeing community-based activity goals, including the use of sports and leisure facilities local to you. Activation Coaching can also help you start a new hobby or restart an old hobby such as walking, cycling, swimming or a team sport.

    Lifestyle Skills training
    Our RAs are skilled at helping people target troublesome or replacement behaviours such as over eating or too much screen time with outdoor and age-appropriate leisure. They can also give healthy eating advice, build meal preparation into independent living trials and work towards balancing activity, rest, and sleep over a 24-hour period.

    Household Support services

    Optimising the physical environment you live in is fundamental to ensuring that skills developed during active rehabilitation are reinforced outside of therapy sessions, and maintained after active rehabilitation pauses.

    The team at North Star Rehab can make recommendations for optimising access, layout and flow of internal environments and are familiar with a contemporary range of equipment and adaptions. We are happy to work alongside disability design experts and architects to create bespoke solutions to indoor and outdoor living spaces.

    What is very apparent to our team is that there appears to be a huge gap in finding useful and empathic tradespeople to support people with disabilities with household repairs and usual maintenance to their homes over time. We have therefore partnered with Wilson Heat Ltd, a small family-owned plumbing and heating business in the North East.

    Wilson Heat Ltd can
    • plan and undertaken major kitchen and bathroom adaptations
    • work with other trades and architects for major adaptations and bespoke new builds
    • work under therapy direction to provide modifications to premises such as ramped access, hand rails, stairs rails etc
    • plan and undertake Planned Preventive Maintenance (PPM) to ensure upkeep of privately owned premises
    Rob, owner of Wilson Heat, has worked with Case Managers and Professional Deputies in the past to troubleshoot challenging and complex household situations. He is also married to Jill which means he has had a rare insight into the world of brain injury rehabilitation over many years.

    If you have a question or would like to speak to a member of our team