Harper ward offers assessment, treatment and care within an environment that has been adapted to meet the unique needs of women with HD and progressive neurological conditions (PNC).
Harper provides dedicated environments to support the cognitive, physical and behavioural management of patients with Huntington’s disease (including those with a forensic history), and caring support for patients at end of life stages of their progressive condition.
We care for informal and detained older-adult females with HD, dementia and other Progressive Neurological Conditions (PNC) with:
Our on-site MDT is expert in the assessment, treatment and management of HD and is permanently based on-site to meet the daily needs of patients, including those who present with challenging behaviour, overt aggression, sexual disinhibition and self-harm, as well as those with a forensic history.
Our therapeutic environment is designed to create a welcoming and reinforcing experience for patients in our care. In partnership with patients and their family our MDT construct programmes that utilise a full range of psychological and occupational therapy programmes which:
Our staff has extensive experience in supporting patients with HD. Their goal is to facilitate and maximise function and quality of life, whilst ensuring the best possible support for individual autonomy.
Each patient is provided with a tailored treatment programme that is designed in conjunction with the multidisciplinary team (MDT) and in line with our treatment aims, to maximise functional independence and good physical and mental health.
To support our care planning we routinely use:
The goals of our care plans on Harper are to:
> ensure the safety of the patient and others
> provide a multi-disciplinary assessment and formulation of individual needs
> create an environment and culture that will improve psychological wellbeing
> offer the maximum opportunities for positive behaviour
> support the maintenance of skills and an enhanced quality of life
> effect the changes necessary to help the patient move to a less restrictive setting
> to progress to an environment closer to their own home
> reduce the impact of cognitive deficits and associated behavioural disturbances
> develop stabilisation for each person
> optimise functional independence
A Unique environments for unique needs
Our environments meet the unique physical and therapeutic needs of patients with HD and reflect our warm, positive and empathic approach. We have created safe, comfortable, structured but flexible units for our patients, providing homely environments to optimise:
"Specialist equipment such as CareFlex™ chairs allow patients to be mobile and provide safe transitions between areas, helping to prevent falls" Occupational Therapist
Wide corridors, door-frames and wet-rooms ensure that therapy and living areas are fully accessible for those requiring disabled access. Patients also have access to our 140-acre campus, which provides interesting venues to explore during family visits, and a range of other activities, including;
Our Discharge Co-ordinators begins discharge planning from the point of admission. Working with our clinical and social work teams they formulate plans and liaise with appropriate case managers to support a smooth transition.