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Rehabilitation is an important part of brain injury recovery.
Rehabilitation is a term that describes different kinds of specialist support and services that help natural recovery after someone has received a brain injury. The nature of the rehabilitation will depend on the stage of the person’s their recovery process. Brain injury rehabilitation starts in the hospital with proper nutrition and physiotherapy to reduce the risk of muscle hardening and ensure the person’s chest remains free from infection.
When the individual has regained consciousness, there may be further intensive physiotherapy, speech and language therapy and occupational therapy to help them regain basic skills like washing and dressing.
Once the person is medically stable, the type of brain injury rehabilitation they need will change. They often move from a hospital ward to a rehabilitation centre, which might not be on a hospital site.
Brainkind has pioneered the neurobehavioural approach to rehabilitation in the UK. People who are undergoing rehabilitation are helped to overcome their problems in a constructive and rewarding way.
We give people as much support as they need to achieve success, gradually reducing support so they become more independent.
We focus on rehabilitation in real-life settings, such as a shopping trip, public transport, or work placement. This method is much more successful than concentrating on doing exercises in a brain injury rehabilitation centre.
Brainkind’s services are in residential areas close to local amenities and with good public transport links. People are taught strategies to help them compensate for their difficulties. For example, writing in a diary can successfully overcome an individual’s memory problem. Specific goals are agreed upon for each service user, depending on their needs. Progress towards these goals is carefully documented by Brainkind staff. If their brain injury rehabilitation is not achieving the desired results, the programme can be adjusted to ensure greater success.
Specific goals are agreed upon, depending on a person’s needs. We carefully document their progress, and if their rehabilitation is not achieving the desired results, we can tailor the programme to ensure greater success.
The Brainkind Guide to Living – for Adults with a brain injury (Coming soon) is a comprehensive and easy-to-use publication for people with brain injuries, their families, carers and professionals working with them.
People with brain injuries and other neurological conditions have unique needs. To help as many people as possible, we have a network neurological centres, assessment and rehab services, and community support services across the UK.