Our Services Spinal Cord Injury
Suffering a spinal cord injury can be life changing and distressing for both the client and their family and the future can seem unstable and frightening for everyone involved. Our PAs can provide care designed to the specific needs of the client, from rehabilitation help to 24-hour live in care.
What Causes A Spinal Cord Injury?
A Spinal cord injury is when the spinal cord and nerves are damaged, either permanently or temporarily, limiting the normal motor or sensory functions. This is usually caused by serious injury, such as a significant fall or a car accident, or from ongoing debilitating diseases such as spina bifida, transverse myelitis, or polio.
Symptoms of Spinal Cord Injury
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury can vary significantly between each individual client depending on where the spinal cord has been damaged and how badly. Motor and sensory functions affected can depend on where the damage to the spinal cord took place and the severity.
A complete spinal cord injury refers to the loss of all sensory feeling and motor functions below the point of injury. An incomplete spinal cord injury refers to having some motor and sensory feelings affected by the injury to varying degrees.
Symptoms of a spinal cord injury can result in one or more of the following:
- Loss of / altered movement
- Loss of / altered sensation
- Inability to feel heat, cold, and touch
- Difficulty breathing or coughing
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Pain or stinging caused by damaged nerve fibres in the spinal cord
- Changes in sexual function and infertility
Any complex care nurse assigned to you for a spinal cord injury will be highly trained, fully qualified, and highly experienced in caring for those with a spinal cord injury. As part of our rehabilitation programme your live in carer or daily carer will continuously work on regaining sensory or motor control and can perform methodical tests to determine any neurological improvement.
Learning To Live With A Spinal Cord Injury
If the spinal cord injury concerned is new, it can feel like every aspect of yours or your loved one’s life has just been dramatically affected, which can be hard to cope with emotionally, mentally, and socially, without the added new physical challenges you are facing. Our PAs are highly trained in supporting the clients and their families emotionally through this time, and can ease the transition into rehabilitation, with the ultimate goal always to have the client living as independently in their own home as possible.
Our clinical nurse specialists will continuously monitor the healthcare provided by our live in and day care services, to ensure you or your loved ones are receiving appropriate treatment. Your clinical nurse specialists will also be an expert in spinal cord injury rehabilitation, to enable us to provide a specially tailored care plan to support the client from the comfort of their own home. We also assess every client’s social requirements as well as clinical, to enable us to develop a complex care plan that suits their lifestyle and our carer to build a strong relationship.
Our PAs can provide live in care and day nursing care to provide assistance in:
- Respiratory management
- Ventilator care
- Gastrostomy management
- Naso-gastric feeding
- Medication administration
Our complex care providers undergo continuous ongoing training and assessments so that you can be sure your loved one is in the best possible hands