FAMILIES AND CARERS

As a family member or carer looking for a suitable home for your loved one, we understand how daunting it is as they’ve just acquired a brain injury or neurological trauma, you will never of needed to venture out and find such a need.

At Breathe we identified there is very little provision in the community for a person with an acquired brain injury to live as much an independent life as possible.

We offer a full range of services to individuals. Please find below some examples:

Neurological Therapies

  • Neurophysiotherapy

  • Neurological occupational therapy

  • Psychotherapy

  • Exercise therapy

  • Complimentary therapy

Life skills training

  • Understanding nutrition

  • Cooking and baking

  • Preparing shopping list, going shopping

  • Budgeting for food, bills, clothing, recreation etc

  • Cleaning & maintaining bedrooms and communal areas

  • Laundering & ironing clothing and bedding etc

  • Maintaining socially acceptable levels of personal hygiene

  • Accessing recreational & educational facilities

  • assistance to manage their challenging behaviour and complex needs

  • supervision because of being vulnerable to exploitation from others

Assistance with benefits/bills

  • Accessing welfare benefits

  • Managing benefits

  • Filling out forms etc

  • Maintaining their tenancies

  • Ensuring rent and other bills, debts etc are paid

  • Opening up a savings account

Accessing professional help & liaison with other agencies

  • Accessing training, education & employment opportunities

  • Accessing specialist drugs and counselling services

  • Registering with GPs, Dentist, and Opticians etc.

  • Arranging and attending appointments

  • Liaising with social workers, care co-ordinators and other representatives

  • Liaising with Benefits Agency etc

  • Health & Safety advice

  • Monitoring physical health & diet

  • Health & safety training in the kitchen and home

  • Operating & maintaining kitchen equipment safely

  • Fire safety training

  • Safe food hygiene and storage

  • Building security & controlling access to building & individual bedrooms

Other support

  • Monitoring & supervising compliance with medication

  • Emotional difficulties (informal counseling)

  • Befriending & chatting with clients/visitors

  • Organizing social events & holidays

  • Religious and cultural observances

  • Maintaining contact with family and friends

  • Complying with terms of the tenancy

Personal Care

  • Supervision and assistance with personal hygiene

  • Supervision & administration of medication

If you would like to speak to one of our friendly team and hear more about what we can offer you, please call us on 01933 423180

Or email us on: referrals@breathecare.co.uk

Dr Melanie Stevens

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Melanie Stevens, is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has worked in psychological practice for over 19 years. She completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2006 and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology in 2012. Dr Stevens has worked in the NHS, Independent sector and MoD. Her work experiences cover the neurological conditions pathway; inpatient acute units, outpatient departments and rehabilitation services.

Dr Stevens has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of complex psychological difficulties and neuropsychological issues. This includes assessments of mental capacity and cognitive assessments and rehabilitation programmes for adjustment to life changing injuries. Dr Stevens’ Medicolegal work includes the assessment and reports for presentation at court.

Dr Stevens has specialised in the emotional adjustment and the neurobehavioral therapies that people with an ABI can have. Dr Stevens and our Clinical Director, Amanda Swain, have worked together over the last 8 years and specialise in developing neurobehavioral rehabilitation programmes for people with behaviour that is limiting their opportunities to move forward and achieve their goals.

 Dr Stevens continues to be involved in training and teaches on the doctorate program at Birmingham University.

Stefan Gavin

Chief Development Director

Stefan carries the design and creativity forward. His career is a testament to his energy, drive and ambition. Hailing from a family of well-esteemed property professionals he has bolstered this tradition by founding his own companies in Architectural design, property development and investment.

Stefan’s career started after achieving a 1st class honours degree, followed by being awarded ‘The most enterprising student of 2003’ by STEP. Stefan has a hands-on relentless work ethic, combined with an outstanding knowledge of construction and design, together with a clear understanding of project viability studies, giving an excellent foundation to be at the forefront of Breathe Care & Living’s developments.

Zafir Bhatti

Chief Operations Director

Zafir brings over a decade of experience in transitioning and supporting individuals from secure settings through to supported living and, ultimately, independent living in the community. His vast experience incorporates the detail and attention that is required to help our residents on their journey and his ability to pre-empt the heightened anxieties and strains associated with these changes are a huge asset to Breathe.

His knowledge in recruitment and human resources and his front-line experience brings a critical awareness to our colleagues when our residents start, and continue, on their combined pathway.

Stephen Crouch

Founder and Chief Executive

Stephen has strong leadership qualities and is highly adept at building and managing teams. For the last two decades he has been managing director in a successful commercial development company which has had large involvement in refurbishments for the likes of The Belfry Golf & Spa, Coca Cola and many care and educational institutions. His acute networking skills enable him to identify and draw out the best in people; using their skills to get the job done.

Stephen’s focus is on developing the best care within the best living environments to suit our residents’ profiles. Each Board and Team member is Stephen’s number one priority and his encouragement and management ensures that each colleague delivers their very best. He brings the key strengths of organisation and management of supply partners, forming partnerships with joint venture investors, raising investment capital and acquisitions.

Andre Gonzalez De Savage

Chairman

A highly experienced Director and Chairman with large success in delivering training, mentoring and strategic planning in premium customer, hospitality and commercial operations both in the UK and Internationally.

André has 15 years public sector direct budget responsibility for, in excess, of £150m annual division spend, with circa 1,000 direct and indirect reports. He has collectively been responsible for £1bn of public funding. André’s strategic planning and operational control bring a hands-on worker who is able to multi-task and bring together great teams, in all environments.

Under his belt are 30 years Government, Economic Development, Education and Charitable Trust responsibilities. André Launched and delivered the Sino – British Trade & Enterprise multi-nation agreement and developed the British Enterprise Partnership connecting and maximizing Commercial and Charitable operations throughout the UK. André has also spearheaded key infrastructure and digital connectivity projects.