Acquired brain injury
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) adversely affects the freedom, choices and independence of an estimated 500,000 young people and adults living in the UK today. Over a million people have acquired a brain injury as a result of a stroke, viral/bacterial meningitis or hypoxic/anoxic event (oxygen deprivation).
The affects of such injuries are wide ranging and unique to those affected, encompassing some, or all, of the following:
- Behavioural and personality-affecting difficulties; including anxiety, depression, self-control/impulsivity issues and sudden (often inexplicable) mood swings
- Cognitive difficulties affecting memory, attention/concentration, rationalisation, learning
- Physical impairments like loss of co-ordination, muscle control, paralysis, epilepsy, sensory impairment, fatigue
The lives of those close to the sufferer can also be significantly affected by their injury. Family and friends have to make major adjustments and sacrifices whilst simultaneously trying to deal with the often-drastic changes in those they care for. The transition from inpatient care, post-injury, to life at home and within the community is especially stressful for everyone involved.
Our aim is one of support, providing person-centred solutions to meet with the diverse and challenging requirements, aspirations and goals of those affected by a brain injury. Recognising and respecting the things that make everyone unique, our services are designed to create stable, supporting environments, which serve as the foundations for the journey towards independent living, empowering and assisting those affected, as well as those around them.
Acquired brain injury – Case study
Gary’s path to recovery
Names have been changed to protect identities.
Our acquired brain injury team got involved with Gary when he was 16. His solicitor approached us to carry out an independent assessment and we were appointed to provide ongoing care and rehabilitation for him.
Gary sustained a severe head injury in a car accident when he was an infant. After spending time at hospital he was placed with foster carers, but was later reunited with his family.
Gary displayed some physical impairments and had a range of behavioural and cognitive difficulties limiting his independence. We carried out a comprehensive functional needs assessment, and with Gary’s involvement developed a care and case management plan. Our focus was to ensure Gary’s needs, aims and rights were central to this plan and his pathway to independence.
We have been working with Gary for five years. Our team of support workers, an Occupational Therapist and Case Manager work closely with Gary, his family and other professionals to implement this plan on a day-to-day basis. We regularly review this plan to ensure it is updated as Gary’s needs and circumstances change.
He worked closely with us to manage his daily activities and overcome his challenges. Gary’s confidence and social interaction have improved. He has gained this through vocational placements, music lessons, travelling, attending concerts and nights out.
Gary is a charismatic young man and with some support enjoys a rich and enjoyable social life, with a passion for music. We’re helping him find his own place to live in – the next step in his journey to an independent and fulfilling life.