Neuro Disability

Careline Lifestyles provide high quality care and rehabilitation to people with neuro developmental disorders (neuro disabilities) and brain injuries. Using a personalised approach Careline Lifestyles have the experience to offer people innovative support and treatment programmes which result in life-changing results for those in our care.

Neuro-disability refers to the deficits or impairments an individual can experience when they have been affected by a brain injury that can begin during the development process (including conception, birth and periods of growth and last throughout an individual’s lifetime) or sustained brain damage. 

Common conditions can include:

  • Autism
  • Cerebal palsy
  • Downs Syndrome
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Rett syndrome
  • Parkinsons Disease
  • Huntington’s Disease

Brain damage can occur as a result of a wide range of injuries, illnesses, or conditions.  These can include:

  • Car accidents
  • Assaults
  • Sports injuries
  • Falls or accidents
  • Poisoning
  • Infection, such as encephalitis or meningitis
  • Hydrocephalus (a build-up of fluid in the brain leading to increased pressure and causing damage to the tissue)
  • Hypoxia (the brain is deprived of adequate oxygen supply) from choking or drowning
  • Stroke
  • Heart attacks
  • Tumours
  • Aneurysms
  • Neurological illnesses

Symptoms of neuro-disability are varied and diverse but can include:

  • Paralysis or hemiplegia (paralysis of the arm, leg, and trunk on the same side of the body)
  • Co-ordination, posture and balance problems
  • Sensory changes – especially anosmia (smell) and taste
  • Epilepsy fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Perceptual problems
  • Dysphagia (swallowing problems)
  • Poor nutritional status

  Cognitive symptoms can include:

  • Problems with memory and learning
  • Poor attention and concentration
  • Reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making difficulties
  • Poor planning and organisation
  • Slow and inflexible thinking
  • Dysarthria (slurred speech)
  • Communication problems including difficulties expressing themselves or understanding others
  • Less appreciation of the perspective of others
  • A lack of awareness

  Behavioural and emotional changes include:

  • Irritability and anger, problems with aggression
  • Loss of emotional control
  • Being self-centred or childish
  • Being impatient or impulsive
  • Changes in personality
  • Inflexibility or stubbornness
  • Saying or doing things that are inappropriate
  • Depression, anxiety or lack of motivation

Our multi-disciplinary team use their knowledge and expertise in order to work with the individual to overcome their disability,  maximise independence and increase the quality of their life.

Our dedicated team develop individual person centred treatment plans that are tailored to suit the specific requirements of each person which enables us to provide residential and nursing care for profoundly disabled adults with acquired brain injuries and degenerative neurological conditions.

The high quality intensive inpatient rehabilitation programmes may include:

  • Management of violence and aggression
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Neuropsychological rehabilitation and management
  • Low awareness assessment and management including Sensory Modality Assessment and Rehabilitation Technique (SMART®) 
  • Spasticity and postural management
  • Dysphasia (disorder of speech) management
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
  • Sensory regulation programmes
  • Nutritional management including artificial nutritional support

More severe forms of brain injury can result in complex conditions such vegetative states, low awareness, minimally conscious states and locked-in syndrome.  Such patients can have more complex care needs, including the need for ventilation management and tracheostomy care.

Careline Lifestyles are able to support people with complex neurological and associated physical conditions including tracheostomy care and ventilation.

At Careline Lifestyles we work closely with families and carers to ensure that they are fully involved in the decision-making process about their loved one and kept fully informed about any changes to the care that is being provided.

“Who you are tomorrow begins with what you do today.”

– Tim Fargo