At Manton Heights ABI Unit we offer a variety of activities.

Music Therapy

Music and singing can be used as a therapeutic intervention for a wide range of health problems. They have many benefits as part of a rehabilitation programme for stroke recovery. Group singing helps reduce the symptoms of depression, it improves mental alertness and helps with self-esteem. Other physical benefits include an improvement in breathing and posture. Above all, group singing is great fun!

Our Recovery Music Specialist, Sophie Garner has been singing professionally since 1995 and was the first artist to play the main stage at London's O2 Arena. She began her career as an actress with The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Click here to read more about Sophie Garner.

Sophie has written and recorded for film as well as producing 4 studio albums. Sophie is a vocal coach for ITV's The Voice Kids and has a busy teaching practice coaching children and adults. In addition to this, she also runs various contemporary choirs and workshops within Northamptonshire focusing on singing for health and well-being.

Sophie's interest in using singing as a therapeutic tool has led her to study for her Masters’ degree, researching singing, music and its effects on the brain, with a particular interest in stroke care. Sophie continues to study and develop her work through ongoing training, professional development and research in this specialist area. Upon finishing her MA, she plans to continue her training onto a PHD

Activities Room

Our modern facility has a large activities room where residents can indulge their competitive spirit on our games console which is attached to a 50-inch television, or they can join in with non-electronic competitions such as board games and arts and crafts. The television screen will also be a focal point for our regular Movie Nights where residents can watch the latest Blu Ray releases with popcorn and nachos. In the same activities room, we also have a various selection of board games, arts and crafts, and books.

We also provide tablets, including those with a larger touchscreen which may be preferable for some users. The tablets have a number of apps within them which can also be utilised to provide support to the individual in achieving their therapeutic goals.

Other Activities

Manton Heights ABI Unit is situated in a popular area of Bedford. We are within ten minutes’ walking distance of the town centre where an array of shops and restaurants are located. There is a central library where books and music can be loaned. Bedford also offers other attractions such as swimming pools, large parks and lovely walks along the River Ouse. Day trips and visits to all of these areas can be included as part of a resident’s Weekly Programme as all activities are tailored to an individual’s needs, abilities and therapy goals.

Across the road from Manton Heights ABI Unit is Pure Gym, where we have gained corporate discounts for any of our residents who would like to use their facilities.

Manton Heights ABI Unit has also established a working relationship with Headway Bedford, which is a short drive away. Headway provide individually tailored programs to provide support in a stimulating environment for people who have suffered an acquired brain injury. Our team will endeavour to work with Headway to enable our residents to achieve their goals wherever possible. The Manton Heights ABI Unit has access to the “Headway Referral Form” which can be completed to begin the process of accessing this service.

Weekly Programme

At the Manton Heights ABI Unit, we will develop a timetable which includes a detailed plan tailored to each individual that will include a variety of therapy sessions, recreational activities and activities of daily living. A Weekly Programme will be devised and agreed by the resident and their Key Worker. Click here for a sample.