Our Services Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy affects everyone in different ways, and the care required can vary dramatically. If provided with the right care and rehabilitation, cerebral palsy sufferers can go on to live fulfilled and independent lives. At Four Oaks Healthcare, we have a team of cerebral palsy complex carers that can provide specialist and personalised live in care or day nursing care in your own home, on your terms.
What Is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy is a disorder that affects the part of the brain that controls movement and balance, and occurs when a baby’s brain does not develop properly in the womb or is damaged during or soon after birth. This can be caused by bleeding in the baby’s brain or a reduced blood/oxygen supply, an infection caught by the mother during pregnancy, meningitis, or a serious injury to the brain.
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy has several associated conditions, which those diagnosed can suffer from with a greatly varying degree. These can include:
- Affected movement, posture and balance through flexing and tightening of muscles
- Learning difficulties
- Hearing impairments
- Feeding difficulties
- Communication difficulties
- Problems using the toilet
- Behaviour issues
- Periventricular leukomalacia
With such a broad range of symptoms, it’s crucial that our complex carers are highly trained in working with cerebral palsy clients, as well as carefully assigned to each individual’s needs.
Caring For Those With Cerebral Palsy
Care for those with cerebral palsy can vary greatly dependent upon the age of the individual. Care for children and teenagers often focuses on supporting the parents as primary carers and helping the family to continue functioning as normal as possible. Caring for older clients will often include helping them get to work, dependent upon their level of independence. No matter the age of the client, our main priority is ensuring their happiness, by helping them to become as independent as possible and ensuring their condition doesn’t prevent them from doing the things they want.
With this is mind, our case managers work closely with the individual and their family to identify methods and tools to assist with movement and muscle control, introducing systems to enable the client to control their own environment as much as possible. Because the degree of symptoms and care vary so much between each case, our case workers will monitor each case and carer extremely carefully to understand both clinical and personal needs.
Our care plan can also involve efforts to partake in hobbies and activities and, for younger clients in particular, to discover goals and aspirations, and how best to achieve them
Our complex care providers will also work closely with a range of care specialists including physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, and occupational therapists, to ensure that you or your loved one has the support needed to continue progressing. With the right care plan, many cerebral palsy sufferers can go on to live rich and fulfilled lives.