Llanelli brain injury rehab centre boost
A BRAND new centre of excellence to help people who have sustained brain injuries is coming to Llanelli.
The project, the first of its kind in Wales, will help service users to live closer to their families and local community while they are undergoing rehabilitation.
It will be rolled out by national charity Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust (Birt), which helps people regain the skills lost as a result of a road accident, stroke, assault or illness.
Carmarthenshire Council executive board member for regeneration and leisure, Meryl Gravell said: "I'm delighted work has begun on this centre for adults who have acquired brain injuries. It was great news when Birt chose Llanelli Waterside for its Welsh centre of excellence which will benefit so many people. It will be a wonderful facility for people needing rehabilitation and will also help the area's economy by providing much-needed local jobs."
The service, which will be open by Spring 2014, will provide 50 full-time equivalent jobs. There will be accommodation for 24 adults in 18 en-suite bedrooms, including two single bedroom flats for people approaching the point of being able to live independently.
A further four flats will be supplied for long-term use by residents who can live semi-independently but still need support.
Birt aims to help people with a range of programmes for the needs of people at different stages after their injury — from initial assessment and rehabilitation, to community-based or long- term residential support.
There will be a team of neuropsychologists, occupational, physio and speech and language therapists and support workers.
Director of Birt, Susan Munroe added: "We hope this new centre will make a real difference to people in Wales who have suffered a brain injury."
The facility is being established within the Llanelli Waterside — a joint venture partnership between Carmarthenshire Council and Welsh Government — forming part of the Delta Lakes development zone.