Spinal Cord Injury

Spinal Home Care

and Support with Helping Hands

Helping Hands offer specialist live-in spinal cord injury care. In our 27 years as a provider of Live in and Hourly home care, we’ve helped many customers manage their injuries and enabled them to live independent lives in the environment they know best – their own home.

Our trained carers are experienced in providing spinal domiciliary care for people affected by a variety of injuries including quadriplegia, paraplegia, and tetraplegia. When you choose one of our carers for yourself or a loved one, you can rest assured that you’ll get the best quality spinal cord injury care.

Our carers will provide specialist nursing care for spinal cord injury patients. You carer can support you with daily tasks as well as medical care so that you can continue to live in the comfort of your own home.

Helping Hands’ Spinal Injury Care

In the majority of cases our customers have C and T spinal cord injuries at varying levels, which means that a spinal cord injury care plan for one person might not necessarily suit the requirements of another. That’s why we offer flexibility with our spinal injury care at home.

There’s no need for a change in routine or existing lifestyle – our carers can work around you or your loved one, and provide bespoke spinal home care. For example, this might be a regular physio-led exercise plan to help with muscular spasms and timely administration of oral medication or baclofen pumps.

“With autonomic dysreflexia on many of our customer’s minds, our carers are trained to look out for the tell-tale signs of an imminent attack and take steps to manage it. ”

We take a warm approach when providing spinal home care, building up strong relationships with customers and their families. Helping Hands works closely with a variety of groups, including the Spinal Injury Association (SIA), National Back Exchange and Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support (Apparalyzed).These on-going relationships enable us to develop a greater understanding of our customer’s spinal injury care requirements.

Spinal Injury Support, Simon’s story

Spending an afternoon with Simon Brain and Anna Chmielewska, one of our long-term live-in care partnerships, it is clear to see why we do what we do. Simon, who previously sustained a C5/C6 spinal cord injury at the age of nineteen, has been receiving specialist spinal care from Helping Hands since 2000.

Immediately after sustaining his injury, Simon was understandably anxious. An independent young man, he was unsure about what the future would hold and how the direction of his life would change.

“For the first few years after my accident, I closed myself off and didn’t want to do anything as I was originally worried what other people would think. However, over time I started going out to different places and stopped worrying about what other people thought.”
Receiving spinal cord injury support from Helping Hands, although later proving a great decision, was initially a daunting prospect that contributed to Simon’s uncertainty.

“It was a shock,” Simon explains. “Going from being so independent to relying on someone and putting your trust in them was difficult. In the beginning, I was instructed to stay in bed because of an unhealed pressure sore. I was advised to stay in hospital, but I just wanted to get home. Helping Hands came out to me, and I was able to return home with support from one of their Live-in Carers.”

Now, fourteen years down the line, Simon is embracing independent living with support from his permanent Helping Hands Live-in Carer, Anna Chmielewska. Visiting them at home, it is clear to see that they are a perfect match.

“When a Carer first arrives, I am a little bit nervous about whether or not we will get on. I prefer Carers to be a similar age to me, as then we generally have a similar taste in music and films. My permanent Carer, Anna, is just great.”

simon and carer annaSitting together in front of a roaring open fire, Anna brings in Simon’s two dogs, which are obviously spoilt rotten by the pair. United by their love of dogs, Anna and Simon just seem to click, and it is clear to see that Helping Hands’ matching process worked perfectly for them.

“You really can’t fault the Carers,” Simon remarks. “The matching process is great and Anna is perfect in terms of personality and competence.”

Every day, Simon and Anna work well together. They maintain a routine that follows the outcomes stipulated in his individualised spinal cord injury care plan, whilst having fun along the way.

“We generally stick to the same morning routine,” says Simon. “Anna supports me in the morning with my personal care routine. Then, in the afternoon, I spend my time studying web design and photography on the computer. Being a self-employed photographer is definitely an option for the future.”
With support from Anna, Simon continues to pursue his chosen lifestyle. Here at Helping Hands, we are committed to making independent living possible for many others like Simon across the UK.

Offering invaluable advice to others affected by spinal cord injuries, Simon says, “When I was in hospital, being around other people with spinal cord injuries and seeing how confident they were taught me to move forwards.

Simon enjoying his first trip abroad.

Simon enjoying his first trip abroad.

I would say to others in my position, just get back out there and start living your life. Before my accident, I was really active and into sports. I couldn’t see myself doing anything with computers, but you just have to work through it and try different things.”

Leaving Simon and Anna to it, we know that we have just witnessed what Live-in Care is all about.

If you, like Simon, have sustained a spinal cord injury and would like support from someone like Anna, please contact us today on 0808 180 1553.

Our Spinal Injury Support Workers Can Offer:

• Friendly live-in spinal injury support.
• Experience in dealing with sensitive procedures, like catheterisation, bowel care, stoma and urostomy.
• Help with basic tasks around the home, mobility support, and spinal injury rehabilitation activities.

Our spinal injury trained carers take great pride in their roles, we are proud that they are enthusiastic and compassionate about the individuals they look after and their families. Whilst our carers primarily provide physical care for spinal cord injury customers, they’re also always around to offer companionship. By doing this we ensure that you or your loved one gets only the best levels of live-in spinal home care and support.

Our Spinal Injury Carer, Elis’ story

Elis Elbing, who has worked as a Helping Hands live-in carer since 2009, was chosen to support a younger lady with a spinal cord injury, level C4/C5 quadriplegia. Thoroughly trained to deliver the lady’s complex care needs, and a like-minded person, Elis was the perfect choice.

“I supported a lady with a spinal cord injury for one and a half years,” Elis explains. “During that time, we established a very good relationship.”

Helping the lady to maintain a care routine that suited her lifestyle, Elis provided support with all activities of daily living. As part of this, Elis received specialist training to provide stoma and urostomy care for both bowel and bladder management.

At the heart of the lady’s complex care needs, Elis offered support with her morning and night-time routine. In the mornings, Elis, under the lady’s direction, provided full support with her personal care routine. Alongside a second carer, Elis helped the lady to move safely and comfortably using her ceiling track hoist.

The lady was prone to periods of autonomic dysreflexia, a potentially life-threatening medical emergency that resulted in a dangerous increase in blood pressure. A specially trained carer fully prepared to respond to the lady’s individual needs was therefore imperative.

Aware of the challenges faced by those living with spinal cord injuries, Elis provided specialist spinal home care that enabled the lady to maintain her independence. Elis remarks, “I think that one of the main challenges faced by those living with spinal cord injuries is social exclusion. I think that it is important to help people maintain the roles that they previously held before their injury and to adopt new roles in society.”

Contact us today to find out more information about Helping Hands spinal injury care services.

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