Rehabilitation services for adults with a physical impairment
Information for adults who need rehabilitation services from Social Services and how you can apply.
Rehabilitation services are short-term services which enable people who have a physical impairment to live more independently. The aim is to enable people to find new ways of doing things that they are finding difficult, and to look for practical solutions to encourage greater independence.
Our services are currently available for people aged 18-65 with a wide range of physical impairments.
In order to use our services you will have to have an assessment of your support needs and meet the eligibility criteria to receive support from Social Services.
If you already receive support from Social Services, get in touch with your social worker or care manager.
If you are not currently receiving support from Social Services you, or someone on your behalf, should contact the Common Access Point for Health and Social Care (CAP).
Usually you will have an initial assessment by one of the other adult services teams. If they identify needs that can be met by our rehabilitation services, your request will be referred to Swansea Vale Resource Centre and we will contact you to carry out a fuller assessment of your needs.
When you require support, an Occupational Therapist will meet with you to complete an initial holistic assessment where we look together at your existing skills and strengths, and discuss what you would like to achieve. This will include your physical capabilities, independent living skills, safe and independent travel, any interest in education, employment or leisure that you wish to pursue, and any equipment that may be useful to you.
The Occupational Therapist will then discuss and agree a plan with you on what training and support would be most appropriate to help you achieve your aims, who will provide the service and where.
Rehabilitation is available in a variety of areas. These include:
- Activities intended to help you have a healthier lifestyle, which can improve your confidence and self-esteem. These may include advice on exercise or healthy eating.
- Independent living skills programmes which will help you to be more independent in areas such as cooking, cleaning and leisure activities.
- Training and support in Information Technology and computers, using adapted or specialist equipment. This aims to improve your communication skills - from the basics all the way up to courses which may improve your further education or employment prospects.
- Support to enable you to access community facilities and employment opportunities independently.
- Specialist training which aims to help you to increase your range of movement, and develop interests you may wish to continue in the community.
We will work with you, at a pace that suits you, to achieve goal(s) that you have chosen. The work we do with you will be time-limited. For most people this means that once you have achieved your goal(s), you will no longer need our support.
Staff at Swansea Vale Resource Centre also provide information and advice for people with a physical impairment and/or sight impairment, their family, friends and professionals with an interest. This includes advice on accessing buildings, information and services, use of adaptive equipment and techniques, and other services that may be useful.
We have a range of equipment and information available at Swansea Vale Resource Centre for you to view. We can arrange for a member of staff to show you round and answer any questions you have.
The staff who provide rehabilitation support are based at Swansea Vale Resource Centre, though much of their work takes place in the community. It is usually most effective to work with people in their local area. However sometimes we will provide training at the centre.
The Swansea Vale Resource Centre
Swansea Vale Resource Centre is a purpose-built, accessible resource centre which offers a variety of opportunities to help with rehabilitation both in the centre and in the community. Facilities include computer suites, a health and fitness suite, skills development resources and a rehabilitation kitchen.
There is also a Leonard Cheshire/Microsoft funded IT suite available on a drop-in basis. You do not have to have an assessment from Social Services to use this IT suite. Contact Swansea Vale Resource Centre for more information.