The programme specifically concentrates on the requirements of clients with an eating disorder by initially understanding the unique needs of this client group, and thus will include modest goals, that will attempt to reintroduce community pursuits, with a lifestyle marked by appropriate living and the containing of difficult or unhelpful behaviours and attitudes. Individual counselling/therapy is built on, and group therapy is continued. An emphasis is placed on the management of the illness that is client-focused, with achievable goals.
Our multi-disciplinary team consist of a specialist nursing team, dietetic team, occupational therapy team and arts therapy team. A consultant psychiatrist supervises the team and may provide client input as necessary. Trained care assistants will also be available at all times for general support, including overnight. The care approach aims to offer a high level of support, but also nurturing self-care and independence in the clients. An emphasis is placed on the management of the illness that is client-focused, with achievable goals.
Each client has their own large bedroom, most of which are en-suite, and allocated according to risk assessment and availability. There are also a variety of shared spaces for the clients to use, including lounge areas, dining areas and gardens.
Our holistic approach comprises of a complementary initial assessment*, consisting of a nursing, social and dietary evaluation. This includes an analysis of anthropometrical and biochemical findings, and the reviewing of the psychiatric evaluation as provided by the care team. The assessment also focuses upon the current needs and future goals, to hence produce a tailored package to meet an individual’s unique needs.
Stockwood House and Ellenbrook House are located opposite to each other on a quiet, residential street and provide 12 placements between them. The location of the houses is between St Albans and Luton which provide many opportunities for education and employment. The train to London St Pancras takes approximately 25 minutes. Talbot House, which has 7 bedrooms, is situated a 5-10 minute drive away and is closer to Luton town centre.
Talbot House will enable a smoother transition from a hospital environment, with extra support around meals and food choices, a more comprehensive groups timetable and higher levels of assistance with community activities. This can then lead to a discharge to Stockwood or Ellenbrook House as a progress to more multifaceted rehabilitation plan or directly back into the community.