Acquired Brain Injury


Acquired Brain Injury Support and Care

Brain injuries can throw entire families into disarray. The aftermath is an incredibly stressful period for those that have sustained them, as well as their loved ones. Many people affected are left needing round-the-clock brain injury support.

A Flexible Approach to Brain Injury Rehabilitation

At Helping Hands, we provide nursing-led brain injury home care and rehabilitation. In our 27 years providing care in the home, we’ve provided person-centric acquired brain injury care for many individuals with varying severities including traumatic brain injury support, hydrocephalus support, and after stroke care.

Mel Dawson our Head of Clinical Care states:

“Care plans focus on neuro-rehabilitation activities to help relearn day to day tasks.”

We take a warm and flexible approach to caring for someone with a brain injury. You and your loved ones don’t need to move away from home with our brain injury support services. Our carers are committed to providing the levels of help and support relevant to the ABI classification within the customer’s own home.

The varying severity of these injuries means that there is no universal nursing care plan for brain injury customers. By working closely with families, specialists, rehabilitation centres, therapists, and other health organisations, we’re able to tailor our brain injury support to the meet the requirements of individuals that we work with.

A Brain injury nursing Care plan catered to you

We also develop our brain injury home care plans around existing routines. In most cases, all care plans have a focus on neuro-rehabilitation activities to help relearn day to day tasks. Research has displayed that people who’ve had an early referral programme to neuro-rehabilitation in the acute stages of recovery experience significantly better emotional well-being, social integration and vocational functioning than those who receive rehabilitation services later on during the recovery process – this, despite having greater functional limitations upon entering the programme (Reid-Arndt et al; 2007).

With this in mind, Helping Hands is often called upon immediately at the hospital discharge point to continue rehabilitation on a day-to-day basis in the home.

Our support workers are trained to deliver medical support when needed. Through our brain injury support service, we can help people with daily tasks, like getting out of bed and dressed, bathing, as well as household tasks, like cleaning and preparing meals. Our specialist brain injury support workers are there to help people get around their homes when reduced mobility is an issue.

We’ve developed an innovative approach to communicating with our customers, incorporating a variety of methods. We always look to find a form of communication that suits you or your loved one. Ensuring that our brain injury support services work around you and your needs is of great importance. Your carer will adapt to your requirements.
The decision to take on acquired brain injury support is daunting – a life-changing move. But we’re there, every step of the way, to explain the process. Our expert care advisors are always on-hand to provide information and advice.

Brain injury support, Sarah’s story

Sarah-Jane was injured in a car accident 20 years ago which has left her in a wheelchair unable to communicate verbally. Sarah-Jane loves animals and dogs especially, so after speaking with her father, who thought Sarah-Jane could not have pets because she has a live-in carer, we explained that she could have a dog if she really wanted one. Helping Hands are there to support people in their own homes, and our brain injury care is delivered in a bespoke way, to suit the lifestyle of the customer.

So the good news is that Sarah-Jane got a wonderful King Charles Cavalier Spaniel in April, named Crackers, whom Sarah-Jane loves to bits and has made such a huge difference to her life.

Something so small, can become a major change in someone’s life and play a large part in someone’s brain injury recovery. We are able to support Sarah-Jane to have this little bundle of joy in her life.

Our specialist brain injury trained carers

We’re meticulous in choosing the right carers to join our team. All of them go through a series of selection processes, and only those who meet the high standards we’ve set over the last 27 years get invited to become a Helping Hands carer.

Our carers are warm and positive in their approach to caring for someone with a brain injury. They’re enthusiastic about the role they play in the lives of their customers. Rather than just providing medical-centred brain injury care, our carers build bonds with the people they look after.
Some of them have delivered brain injury home care to their customers for a number of years. They’re always keen to chat, and find out about what the individual wants – allowing them to provide the exact level of help required.

Brain injury support, Sally’s Story

Five years-ago, Helping Hands customer Sally was left paralysed on one side, and unable to walk or talk after she was involved in a road traffic accident. Sally’s family wanted her to live as independently as possible. At this point they called on Helping Hands for brain injury care. Her live-in carer has enabled Sally to continue living in her own home.

With her on-going rehabilitation, Sally is now able to wash and dress herself, hold conversations, and walk distances. Now, she regularly goes to the gym, and attends college with her brain injury support worker, where she’s achieved a number of IT qualifications.
Sally’s able to enjoy the social life of a student too./p>

Contact us today to find out more about the acquired brain injury care services we provide.

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