Acquired Brain Injury - Residential Care Homes
Rehabilitation for people with an Acquired Brain Injury
Due to their nature, acquired brain injuries are very complex and affect both the mental and physical abilities of the individual. Our experience supports research studies that have shown that delivery of rehabilitation for someone with an acquired brain injury is most effective when done by a co-ordinated multi-disciplinary team (MDT) of people from a range of different fields.
Richardson Partnership for Care homes employ a multi-disciplinary team to support service users’ remaining functional ability to enhance the skills they have, and increase the skills that have been severely affected by the brain injury. We focus on what they can do (not on what they can’t) and aim to develop their abilities by setting steady goals for each service user.
Each service user receives a full assessment initially and a formal review at six-month intervals. They have a care plan meeting every three weeks to review how the therapeutic input is working and to see if any changes are required.
The MDT at the Richardson Partnership for Care comprises:
- Psychiatrist – assesses how the individual is affected by their medication and treatment
- Consultant Clinical Psychologist – develops a programme of treatment and goals, with regular assessments, helps the individual to deal with the psychological aspects of their condition, such as grief, loss and their mental health
- Assistant Psychologist – supports the work of the Consultant Clinical Psychologist
- Physiotherapist – specialist physiotherapy helps to improve mobility and strength
- Speech & Language Therapist – helps to improve communication and conditions such as dysphasia
- Occupational Therapist – ensures the service user’s environment is safe and helps them to function more effectively within it
Ongoing support and treatment
As well as looking after the service user’s general well-being and day to day needs, the care staff at The Richardson Partnership for Care carry out the treatments recommended by the multi-disciplinary team. They also monitor and report on the service user’s condition.
Motivation and orientation
An acquired brain injury can cause severe memory loss so service users need to be orientated daily and throughout the day so they continue with their activities. Our support staff understand that direction needs to be brief, clear, concise and consistent. All of our staff are trained in crisis prevention techniques so that we can avoid physical restraint, treating our service users with dignity and respect at all times.
Slow stream rehabilitation
Some people may come to The Richardson Partnership several years after they have sustained a brain injury and have already had an acute period of rehabilitation. We are aware that some service users may take longer to achieve their maximum potential but we work patiently and steadily with them to help them achieve their goals. We help them to maintain their existing abilities and to progress towards more independence, and acceptance, in a positive environment.