Care pathway in brain injury rehabilitation

In the field of rehabilitation for people with acquired brain injuries, there is often a conflict between short term cost savings and long term value for money. At The Richardson Partnership for Care our experience has shown that investment in the right level of support at the right time can lead to significant cost savings over the longer term. It is always our aim to enable each individual to fulfil their potential and go on to live independently if they can.

We also appreciate that the pressure on funding has never been greater. To help you with your funding applications and to show you where The Richardson Partnership for Care sits within the core classifications of neuro-rehabilitation, we have developed a care pathway diagram. This refers to the rehabilitation codes used by BrainNav and other brain injury organisations. The codes are becoming a universal reference and are based on the model developed by the Eastern Head Injury Group and published by Pickard, Seeley, Kirker et al, in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, August 2004.

This system gives each stage of the rehabilitation pathway a code number against which the type of rehabilitation input is defined, along with the patient needs that each code is designed to meet. Click here to see how our care services are described by this model.

The Realm of Caring for Adults with Acquired Brain Injuries

An Acquired Brain Injury (commonly referred to as ABI) is brain damage which occurs by events after birth, rather than part of a congenital or genetic disorder.

ABI can result in cognitive, physical, emotional, or behavioural impairments that lead to permanent or temporary changes in functioning.These impairments result from either traumatic brain injury (e.g. physical trauma due to accidents, assaults, neurosurgery, head injury, etc.) or non-traumatic injury derived from either an internal or external source (e.g. stroke, brain tumours, infection, poisoning, hypoxia, or substance abuse like Korsakoff’s syndrome)

At RPC we generally deal with service users with all these types of injuries. We focus our work on adults from 18 years old and upwards.

As part of our admission process when a new service user comes to stay with us we evaluate and assess everything about them, including the way in which they acquired the brain injury (and at what age); how they have been managing their recovery since the event and at what level they are able to look after themselves and participate in their post-injury lives.

Everyone is an individual and that is why we approach every new service user differently and follow a person-centred path for rehabilitation and treatment. In this way we can make sure that we are not only treating the symptoms and behaviours, but we are also nurturing the personal goals and aspirations of our service users. We believe every one of our service users are entitled to maximise their quality of life, and that they just need extra support, care and patience to be able to achieve that.

If you would like to know more about our approach or even visit one of our homes – please give us a call on 01604 761 266.