Acquired Brain Injury refers to damage sustained by the brain after birth. This does not include degenerative or congenital diseases. The most common causes include seizures, tumours or incidents when the brain has been deprived of oxygen. As a result of brain injury, a person can exhibit many physical and emotional changes that can be difficult to manage without specialist help and support. These changes can include pain, slurred speech, and seizures as well as confusion and changes to thought patterns.
Acquired Brain Injury Care Services
At Forest Healthcare, we provide full-service care and support package to optimise health and well-being for those who have experienced a brain injury.
Some of our Forest Care Centres that provide continuing care include:
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Our specialised brain injury care services include:
- Initial assessment
- Plan of treatment
- Specialist staff
- Nursing and clinical care
- Follow-up assessments
- Physical rehabilitation
- Ongoing identification and management of behavioural changes
All of our specialist care centres provide care and support in a residential setting. This means that we take care of all of our resident’s high level and primary needs such as accommodation, food and entertainment. Our team of highly trained team members are available 24/7 to provide round the clock care and support to residents. As brain injuries often change over time, we continually monitor and assess our residents. By doing so, we can ensure that their changing needs and goals are recognised and adequate care put in place when it is needed.
Appropriate and specialist care is key to improving the outlook for those living with a brain injury. Forest Healthcare provides a holistic service which includes physical therapy as well as day to day living support. By focusing on physical therapy post-brain injury, we can help increase movement and support muscle tone, which is essential for increasing functional independence. As memory is often affected by brain injury, we work on strategies to restore and rebalance memory function. This could be by displaying old photographs and encouraging social discussion. Or using smell boxes to stimulate the olfactory bulb to recall those precious memories.
We at Forest Healthcare, recognise that brain injury care and rehabilitation is individual to the needs of the resident. All brain injuries are different and changeable with each individual experiencing varying degrees of physical, cognitive and emotional changes over time. Not all residents will require full-time care. Depending on the circumstances, some residents will receive treatment and then return home. Our person-centred care approach ensures that our residents have access to appropriate support and care when they need it most. For residents, we have support staff available to offer 24-hour assistance, and our nursing team members ensure the resident receives prescribed medication at the times they need it. Through engaging in a multi-disciplinary approach to brain injury care, we can provide our residents with access to additional specialist support such as physiotherapy, neurologists and psychiatrists.