Huntington’s was originally known as Huntington’s Chorea (from the Greek ‘chorea’ for dancing, because of the involuntary movements associated with the disease). Huntington’s is an inherited condition that progressively damages nerve cells in the brain, getting worse over time (normally over a 10–25 year time period). It can affect movement, cognition and behaviour. Features of Huntington’s include mood swings, personality changes, irritability and fidgety movements. A recent (2012) UK research program found 12 people per 100,000 in the population were affected by Huntington’s Disease.
We have staff with experience of working with people living with Huntington’s Disease, who understand the challenges and provide compassionate, person centred support. The facilities and staff at Marbrook make it possible to be as independent as possible, choosing what you want to do and having the support to do it.