The Brooks Clubhouse is the only one of its kind in the area and offers a range of activities designed to help individuals who have experienced a brain injury.
An Innovative Approach to Help Patients Reclaim Their Lives
Now open, the Brooks Clubhouse helps individuals regain social, physical, cognitive and vocational abilities. Not only do members participate in activities, but they have the opportunity to manage Clubhouse operations, helping them reestablish themselves in the community and return to work. Working side-by-side with professional staff, members run every aspect of the Clubhouse, including administration, research, orientation, hiring, training and evaluation of staff, public relations and advocacy. It's an important way to help them reintegrate into the community and get back to their pre-injury lives.
What is Brooks Clubhouse?
Brooks Clubhouse is a full-time day program that provides for the long-term recovery needs of individuals who have suffered from an acquired neurological injury. It expands the continuum of care provided by Brooks Rehabilitation and serves as a bridge to community and vocational re-integration. Brooks is pleased to offer the only clubhouse program for people with an acquired brain injury in the state of Florida. The program follows the guidelines established by the International Center for Clubhouse Development (ICCD).
Learn More About the Brooks Clubhouse From our Members
Jacksonville based magazine HealthSource featured the Brooks Clubhouse in an article titled "Healing the Brain and the Person." This two page article featured stories from some of the clubhouse members as well as Brooks' professionals involved in the healing. HealthSource is a monthly free magazine found around the Jacksonville area. The Brooks Clubhouse is a community of people who have the common goal of enhancing recovery after a brain injury. The Clubhouse staff provides brain injury support to members; time spent at the Clubhouse serves to help members as they work to re-establish life management skills in their community. To read the article click here for Healing the Brain and the Person.
Who is eligible for Clubhouse membership?
Membership is available to any adult, age 16 or older, who would benefit from activities to enhance social, physical, cognitive and vocational outcome following an acquired brain injury. This includes individuals with a diagnosis of traumatic brain injury, stroke, anoxia, or other acquired central nervous system dysfunction. The criteria for admission includes all of the following:
- Acquired neurological injury (brain injury)
- Age 16 or older
- Independent in daily self care activities or accompanied by a companion
- Behavior does not pose a risk of injury to self or others
- Possesses a desire to help self, help others and participate in productive activity
- Funding resources identified to pay for membership fees (private pay and sliding fee scale available)
What is a typical day like at the Clubhouse?
The Clubhouse is a community based day program that is operated by professional staff in conjunction with program members and volunteers. The program is open Monday through Friday and parallels typical working hours 9:00 – 3:00. Members may choose to participate 1 to 5 days per week depending on their needs and goals. The Brooks Clubhouse engages members, volunteers and staff working together, side-by-side, in the running of the clubhouse. The focus is on developing strengths, talents, abilities, and individual goals.
There are three primary work units at the Brooks Clubhouse: Kitchen/Dietary, Business/Clerical, and Facilities Maintenance and Product Production. Each of these work units will have anywhere from 5-15 members working daily, side-by-side with staff and volunteers, to accomplish the daily work at the clubhouse.
The Business Unit: Responsible for management of all clerical and business functions including reception, telephone, file maintenance, intake operations, record keeping, generation of the newsletter and other general office duties as needed. Also responsible for usage and upkeep of Clubhouse business work unit computer lab and oversight of computer skills and life management enhancement training classes.
Food and Kitchen Unit: Responsible for meeting the daily nutritional needs of the Clubhouse staff and members. This work group plans, shops, prepares, serves and cleans up for the daily lunch program at the Clubhouse.
Facility and Grounds Maintenance and Product Production: Responsible for overall cleaning, maintenance and repair of indoor facility and outdoor grounds at the Clubhouse. Also, responsible for production of selected products that are made at the Clubhouse, e.g., hand-constructed projects and crafts such as bird feeders, tile mosaic tables, plant gardens, pottery, etc.
How do I become a member?
After completing rehabilitation therapies, you can contact Kathy Martin, Brooks’ Clubhouse Manager at (904) 674-6400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Anyone, including physicians, case managers, patient’s family, patient self-referral, support coordinators, or rehabilitation professionals, can refer a member to the program. A physician referral is not required.
A sliding fee scale offers significant discounts for members who do not have external funding and lack the financial resources to pay the full rate. Brooks Clubhouse staff will work with you to determine whether you qualify for the discounts. Worker’s compensation carriers and the state Vocational Rehabilitation program are both potential sources of coverage but only when members qualify for services. Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program waiver is another option, however you must be approved by the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program.
Location of the Clubhouse
The Brooks Clubhouse is located conveniently near the intersection of Beach Blvd. and St. Johns Bluff. The address in 3197 Cortez Rd., Jacksonville, Florida 32246.