Priory Oak Vale Gardens

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About this location

Oak Vale Gardens is located in the Broadgreen area of the city of Liverpool. It is a specialist rehabilitation care home for 18 males and females with an acquired brain injury, which provides nursing and residential support. Our service is a purpose-built and welcoming centre, with all referrals coming via the Cheshire and Merseyside Rehabilitation Network.

The home is designed to meet the needs of the people we care for and our team are dedicated to meeting their physical, cognitive, behavioural, and emotional needs, supporting them to return to community living. We also believe that the environment in which treatment takes place is just as important as the therapy itself.

Services at a glance

There are a total of 18 bedrooms at the site. Of these:
18 are en-suite bedrooms
18 are on the ground floor

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Oak Vale Gardens 1c The Green Liverpool L13 4BX

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About our service

Our facilities and environment

Built in 2013, Oak Vale Gardens is set amongst large, extensive gardens. The main detached, communal house has lots of space and offers a relaxed, homely environment. The service is split across two units:

  • The Stephenson unit is a high dependency unit for people with more complex physical needs, including tracheostomies, and those with prolonged disorders of consciousness, requiring a low stimulus environment
  • The Unwin unit is for people who have a greater ability to communicate, and are able to engage in physical rehabilitation

In summary, we offer:

  • A large lounge with plenty of seating
  • Kitchen and dining room
  • Quiet room
  • Utility room
  • Sensory room
  • Communal bathroom
  • Communal wet room
  • Therapy room
  • Fully-equipped training kitchens

We also have a large gardens, complete with:

  • Secure fencing
  • Lawn
  • Patio
  • Communal seating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Sensory garden
  • Flower beds and borders

Oak Vale Gardens is also equipped with a variety of specialised equipment, including sensory lighting, adjustable kitchen counter tops, hoists, a lift, height-adjustable baths, and smart technology suitable for use by people with complex needs. In addition, we have a mobility-adapted vehicle to help us to meet the needs of the people we support.

Our bedrooms

All of our bedrooms are comfortable, welcoming, and have been specifically designed to be suitable for people with a brain injury and associated physical disabilities.

The rooms have very good natural light, and some have direct access to our beautiful gardens through individual patio doors. We can also support residents to personalise their bedrooms to suit their needs and wishes. In addition, our bedrooms may have features such as:

  • En-suite facilities, containing a wet room
  • Wheelchair access
  • Robust, low arousal furniture
  • Smart televisions and Wi-Fi access
  • Medical equipment, as required

Our approach to support

Everybody who lives at Oak Vale Gardens has their own person-centred care plan, which is co-produced with input from the individual, their family members and professionals involved in their care. We aim to help everyone in our care to make their own choices about the support they receive. This may include support in a number of areas, such as going out in the community, personal care, cooking and cleaning, and home and environment assessments.

We also work closely with a dedicated advocate from the Brain Charity and have our own family support group. Our support approaches at Oak Vale Gardens include:

  • Occupational therapy (OT)
  • Nursing
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech and language therapy (SaLT)
  • Psychology
  • Neurologic Music Therapy®
  • Neuro-rehabilitation
  • Pet therapy

In addition to our in-house multidisciplinary (MDT), we also have support from community-based professionals to offer this support, including a consultant in neuro-rehabilitation based at the nearby Walton Centre, and a GP who undertakes ward rounds.

The placements that we offer at Oak Vale Gardens are usually 12 to 18 months in duration, depending on the needs of each person.


Everyone who lives at Oak Vale Gardens has their own personalised activities planner and are encouraged to take part in activities which are meaningful and fulfilling to them. Our dedicated team organise a variety of activities at the home, as well as out in the community.

We focus on supporting our residents to grow their independence. For some people, this may mean developing their daily living skills within the home. For others, this could be accessing work or educational opportunities in the local community.


Through our network of healthcare, residential and supported living facilities, we provide unique care pathways which help the people we support to progress towards greater independence. Every individual we support is provided with a bespoke pathway plan, tailored according to their individual needs. We aim to ensure that each person is supported to live a fulfilling and active life in the community. Oak Vale Gardens can support individuals coming to us from inpatient rehabilitation settings, and strives to enable individuals to work towards community living.

Our team

Our highly experienced MDT consists of:

  • Service manager
  • Deputy manager
  • Support workers
  • Senior support workers
  • Physiotherapist
  • Physiotherapist assistant
  • Nurse
  • Psychologist
  • Occupational therapist (OT)
  • Housekeeper
  • Cook
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Neuropsychologist
  • Neurologic music therapist
  • Maintenance team

Our team receive specialist staff training, designed to meet the needs of each individual we support. This includes:

  • Trachea management training
  • Epilepsy training
  • Diabetes management training
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) feeding training
  • Specialist communication aids training
  • SMART Assessments training

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At Priory, we want to ensure we provide the very best service to each individual we support. Contact us for more information, or to make a referral.

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About the local area


Oak Vale Gardens is a short drive from Liverpool city centre. Nearby amenities include:

  • Supermarket
  • Shops
  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Pub
  • GP surgery
  • Post office
  • Library
  • Cinema
  • Leisure centre
  • Hospitals
  • Banks

Transport links

Oak Vale Gardens also has excellent transport links, including:

  • A bus stop outside on the main road which has direct links to the city centre and other local areas
  • Broad Green train station is a 4 minute drive away, a 15 minute walk and 14 minutes by bus
  • A short drive from the M62 motorway

Comments from our residents and their family and friends

I think being at Oak Vale Gardens has helped my son a lot. He has physio, occupational therapy, psychology, and speech therapy. He has never received as much support as he gets now. I know if he needs anything, he can just walk out of his room and find someone to play a game or speak to about his worries. He’s better off here than he was in previous places
Parent of a person supported at Oak Vale Gardens Oak Vale Gardens
This place is a home away from home. All the staff are welcoming, and other residents are too. I have gained more self-confidence and I am ready to go back into the world again
Person supported at Oak Vale Gardens Oak Vale Gardens

Family and friends FAQs

How does home leave work?

We support our residents to attend family events and visit their family homes. We will work with the resident and their relatives to ensure possible risks are managed and that everyone is supported. This may mean the individual’s key worker will come along on the visit. For those who are unable to visit their family home, we can support your loved ones with video calls.

Can friends and families visit?

Family and friends are welcome to visit. Due to the nature of the support we provide, we do have set visiting times, which will be communicated to the family members of the people we support.

Will I be involved and kept up to date with the progress of my loved one’s care and support?

We strive to keep the loved ones of our residents involved in their care. We work with families to understand how they would prefer to be communicated with. This could include phone calls, emails or face-to-face meetings, when they visit.

Will my loved one be able to have a phone or call me?

Everyone who stays with us are supported to call their loved ones any time, via phone, video call or assistive technology such as eye-gaze, where appropriate. Family and friends are also able to call as often as they like. We have landlines available at the home for this, and can support residents to purchase and use their own mobile phones.

What are the bedrooms like?

Bedrooms are all furnished to a robust, fitted standard, with specialist equipment, which is provided as required. Each bedroom has its own en-suite facilities, and a 32-inch Smart TV on the wall. We encourage our residents to personalise their bedrooms as much as possible, taking into account the need to maintain a safe environment.

Are external doors kept locked?

Yes, due to the nature of the service, the doors are locked and we have a keypad system in place. However, residents have free access to the enclosed garden.

What do residents eat and how do meal times work?

Nutrition is personalised to the needs of our residents, depending on their dietary and clinical needs. Where people have dysphagic needs, our speech and language therapist support our residents with plans and monitoring. Our chefs will cater for everyone's individual preferences and special dietary requirements. There are always alternative meals available and people can choose their meals. We have a rotating menu, which changes every four weeks, reflecting seasonal variety. We also have themed meals, such as Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Indian styled food.

How does laundry work?

Our team will ensure that residents always have access to clean clothes and bedding. We have a dedicated laundry room, and this is mainly carried out by the staff but family can do their loved ones laundry, if they wish.

Who does the housekeeping and domiciliary tasks?

We have a dedicated housekeeping team who manage all of the cleaning and domestic tasks.

Is there anything they can’t bring or have?

We would ask that residents do not bring valuables such as family heirlooms to our home, as we cannot guarantee their safety. We may place restrictions on some items where the risks cannot be appropriately managed, such as alcohol, non-approved drugs and medications, solvent-based products and lighters. We ask family and friends to talk with us about any food items they may wish to bring in, to ensure that these are safe for the person to have and also for others we are supporting.

How do activities work?

Every resident has a tailored therapy and activities planner. This will include both in-house activities as well as visits into the community. We have a monthly resident meeting where requests can be made about activities, they wish to participate in around the local area. We use a variety of communication tools to ensure the resident can have an input into the planning of activities.

How will residents be supported with their behavioural needs?

We use positive behaviour support (PBS) informed approaches when working with people who may present some low-level behaviours that may challenge. Our team strive to understand the needs and preferences of our residents, to ensure that the right support is in place for each individual.

Do residents and families have an input into the care plans?

When people first come to us, a care plan will be put in place immediately to ensure that their needs are met. We meet with the family member soon after their loved one is admitted, to find out more about their needs and aspiration. We will then have a full multidisciplinary team meeting within the first four weeks of their arrival, and subsequently hold goals meetings every four months with the individual and their family, as appropriate, to discuss progress and to re-set goals. The support plans and risk assessments are fully reviewed each month, to account for the changing needs of the people we support.

What are the car parking facilities?

Oak Vale Gardens has on-site car parking facilities, which are free to use. There is also free on-road parking if our car park is full.

What is the smoking policy?

There is a no smoking policy in our home and our grounds.

What are your fees and how are they funded?

Our fees can vary, and are based on an assessment of each individual's needs. Many people are eligible for financial help towards the cost of support, and this funding can be accessed by contacting your local authority. Once funding has been agreed, we will work with your local care team to put together a bespoke package of care. Please note, referrals for NHS or Local Authority funded services must come from a referring organisation.

How to make a referral

Our service provides high quality support to people with varying levels of need. Referrals can be made through the individual’s social care team or, if relevant, their local health authority. If you are a professional looking to make a referral, please call us or fill in our enquiry form.

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