The Cloisters is a 24 bedded open rehabilitation unit set within a peaceful environment on the edge of Newbury. The unit offers inpatient rehabilitation services to West Berkshire service users who require longer hospital stays than provided in an acute ward, to develop independent living skills prior to moving into community based accommodation. There are 4 female and 20 male beds, with 8 of the male beds suitable for frail older adults. The majority of the service users have a primary diagnosis of schizophrenia or Bipolar Affective Disorder, often complicated by treatment resistance, negative symptoms, learning disability, mild dementia or poor physical health. Some service users are also acknowledged to have long-term continuing care needs.
The unit offers a full multidisciplinary approach including occupational therapy, psychology, psychiatry and other therapies. The unit has a close relationship with the neighbouring GP practice enabling high quality physical health care input to be provided. Individual care plans are co-created with service users to reflect their strengths and interests whilst enhancing quality of life, helping develop independent living skills and embracing a recovery approach.
Service users have modern en-suite bedrooms and access to a pleasant garden and therapeutic areas. The majority of service users access the local area independently on a regular basis to complete their therapeutic programme which can include attending the local college, gym, leisure centre and other facilties. Increasing links are being established with services, charities, businesses and churches in the local area to ensure good reintegration into the community for service users prior to discharge.