The Craighall Centre is a day service run by the City of Edinburgh Council Health and Social Care Department. The Centre aims to develop skills and personal confidence to enable adults with a physical disability to access and participate in the wider community. The approach is different from that of a medical clinic or hospital service. All individual planning or review discussions include you directly. You negotiate your own programme of activities. We offer:
- Social and recreational activities, e.g. swimming, computing, music, shopping, fishing, gardening, arts/crafts, sports and even college. There is no charge for the use of the service (though some activities or outings may have associated materials or entrance costs). Lunch is £2.00 for a two-course meal.
Craighall Support Services offers daytime placements to disabled adults living on the North side of the city of Edinburgh. The Craighall Centre itself is the base for a physical disability team and a learning disability team in addition to a specialist stroke rehabilitation service. However, much of the support is delivered from mainstream community settings. The centre provides management and administrative support for 6 of these outreach projects for learning disabled adults.
The building has level access to all areas, automatic front doors, wide corridors and adapted toilets. Electric hoists and other specialist items are useful for service users with more limiting impairments.
The Edinburgh Community Stroke Service operates at Craighall on Wednesdays and Fridays. ECSS is a partnership service between NHS Lothian and the City of Edinburgh Council with the support of Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland. The service offers continuing stroke rehabilitation in a community setting. This is aimed at people who have been discharged from hospital and are within the early phases of stroke recovery. It is a multidisciplinary service provided by physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, an employment and training advisor and community support workers.
Those who use the service have varying degrees and causes of disability, some people being relatively independent whilst others may require assistance from staff with all daily activities. The great majority of our physically disabled service users have acquired their disability in their adult years.
People who attend Craighall participate directly in planning their own support. The atmosphere at Craighall bears little relation to that of a medical clinic or hospital service. Any individual planning or reviewing meetings always include service users. Every attempt is made to avoid institutionalisation. A significant proportion of the programmme takes place in community settings, away from the centre itself. Inclusion in mainstream activities is always the preferred option when available.
A personalised approach ensures that account can be taken of the different needs and preferences of individual service users.
Typical placement outcomes:
- Community rehabilitation.
- Maximised independence.
- Promotion of healthy lifestyles.
- Provision of opportunities to develop new skills and interests.
- Access to mainstream social, educational and recreational opportunities.
- Day-time respite for disabled people and their carers.
- Work skills for paid or voluntary employment.