Spinal cord injury
Sustaining a spinal cord injury can be life changing for those who endure them and those closest to them, but it doesn't have to mean the end of a life lived independently in your own home. We provide clients and their families with expert support to help manage these changes.
What is a Spinal Cord Injury?
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is an injury to the spinal cord that results in a temporary or permanent change in the spinal cord's normal sensory or motorfunction. Common causes include trauma (such as a car accident, fall or sports injury), or disease (such as transverse myelitis, polio or spina bifida,).
Symptoms of SCIs can vary widely depending on where the spinal cord has been damaged. Symptoms can include: pain, numbness, loss of sensation, paralysis, incontinence, loss of breathing and diaphragm function, autonomic dysreflexia and muscle wastage.
How can we help?
Spinal cord injuries can have a lasting impact on the people that sustain them, and the people closest to them. We work closely with our clients and their families to put support in place that is tailored to their needs and choices. To ensure that we are best supporting our clients and their families, we make sure that we carefully assess every client’s clinical and lifestyle requirements to create a bespoke care package.
Further to this, we match our clients with our Complex Care Assistants based on both parties’ personalities and interests so that our teams are able to form effective working relationships with our clients – benefiting both their health and wellbeing.
Our Complex Care Assistants are able to deliver specialist support for spinal injury, including: ventilator care, respiratory and gastrostomy management, naso-gastric feeding, and medication administration, with the ongoing supervision from our Nurses.
So that we standard of care our clients receive remains of a high quality, we complete regular reviews with the client, their families, clinicians and therapists ensures that our support is adapted and changes to meet the needs of the client should their condition or circumstance change.