Brain Injury Care
Brain injuries can be life changing. It can also put significant emotional strain on an individual or their family, as they adjust their lives accordingly. Nursing care or a live-in carer can help tremendously during this process as those involved learn to navigate the challenges they now face, and the individual with a brain injury is rehabilitated.
As the UK’s leading providers of person-centred, nurse-led complex care at home, we are asked about brain injury recovery a lot. We have collated and answered some of the most popular questions to help you get a better understanding of what brain injury is and the different types of support available to you and your family. If you have any more questions, please do get in touch and we will be happy to answer them.
What Are The Different Types Of Brain Injuries?
There are two main categories of brain injury, traumatic brain injury (also known as TBI) and acquired brain injury (also known as ABI).
Traumatic Brain Injury: refers to a brain injury caused by physical trauma, such as an accident, neurosurgery, or assault.
Acquired Brain Injury: refers to brain injury that is caused by ongoing conditions such as brain tumours, poisoning, ischemia, stroke, encephalopathy, hypoxia, or long-term substance abuse.
Regardless of the type of brain injury you are diagnosed with, there are a range of tailored care solutions to help you adapt and recover.
What Is Brain Injury Rehabilitation?
Even though damaged brain cells never regenerate, rehabilitation can and does happen following a brain injury The processes that belonged to the damaged brain cells can be passed on to other parts of the brain. This is referred to as brain ‘plasticity’. Brain injury rehabilitation usually begins in the hospital and is continued once the patient has recovered enough to be allowed home. There is a learning curve not only for the patient but for their family members as well. It can be quite an emotional and frustrating time which is why support from experienced carers is a great comfort for everyone involved.
What Can Brain Injury Care Providers Do?
Brain injury care providers can offer help and support after you have been discharged from hospital.
For example, with our specialist complex care services, you can opt for a live-in or visiting live-out personal assistant so that you can remain in your own home. Our clinical nurse specialists monitor the progress of every person we provide care for, to ensure our personal assistants are supporting long term positive rehabilitation, which is always out top priority.
Your care provider is there to help you as you recover from your injury. This includes:
Help getting up and going to bed
Assistance bathing and washing
Providing meals and feeding
Cleaning and cooking
Assistance with recreational activities
Investing in a care provider also reassures your family, enabling them to go to work knowing their loved one is provided for should they need anything.
Care For Differing Levels Of Brain Injury
Intermediate Care: Complex care can be offered to those who no longer require long term care, but temporarily require nursing care for a short period of time – often following a non-life changing brain injury. This type of care is designed to aid the transition from hospital back into the individual’s home environment, with a focus on rehabilitation of the client and regaining as much independence as possible.
Long-Term Care Bringing your loved one home after a serious brain injury can be a daunting task, and it is important that it’s not rushed into before you or your family are ready. A specialist carer can be so helpful during this time, as everyone involved is given time to adjust to the new needs of the individual.
What Is A Brain Injury Care Plan?
A brain injury care plan is a tailored plan put together by your care providers to ensure you have everything you need while you recover. Your care plan should aim to provide continuing healthcare at home to enable you to continue living as independently as possible. Your plan should be fluid. It should be reviewed and amended regularly depending on your recovery and your changing needs.
What Our Clients Think
In our experience Four Oaks were outstanding in every way.
Perhaps the biggest single plus about Four Oaks over previous care providers is the ability to provide continuity of carer. I am convinced my mother has benefited from the stability of having the same compassionate, competent and dedicated carer for the past eight months
What Qualifications Do Live In Carers Have?
Our Live In Carers are subjected to a rigorous and thorough selection process, where we determine suitability based on 6 key skills/aspects:
Significant Experience within Personal Care
A Compassionate & Caring Nature
Strong Organisation Skills
Flexibility, and ‘Client First’ Availability
Excellent Communication Skills
Sensitivity to Care Recipient Needs
Four Oaks Healthcare insist on delivering an unmatched level of care, and in order to do this, we only recruit and select the most appropriate and skilled caregivers
Why choose Four Oaks Healthcare to help you with brain injury care?
Our qualified staff can provide live-in care as well as daily visits, with a care plan designed around our clients’ needs.
Our team of personal assistants are specialists in caring for those with brain injuries and are invaluable in the support they offer. Brain injuries can hugely impact an individual’s emotions, behaviour and understanding of the world; with extensive experience in the field, our live-in care and day nursing care providers can help with the challenging behaviour that can often be caused by a brain injury. We achieve this through ensuring we assign the right personal assistant to our clients, implementing ongoing supervision of our personal assistants and a strong level of communication between all individuals involved.
Our specialist carers have successfully cared for many individuals with brain injury and enabled them to return home to live with their families and continue living their own lives.
If you have any questions or would like to arrange a meeting with one of our brain injury specialists, please call or complete our online enquiry form and someone from the team will be in touch.