Brain Injury - Apollo Home Healthcare

Brain Injury

Support through your rehabilitation and with your ongoing needs

A serious head injury can leave you with a variety of physical, emotional, behavioural, and cognitive needs. 

A Brain Injury takes many forms and has many causes and levels of severity. We provide care and support to those who have acquired a brain injury, these can include but are not limited to:-

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
  • Encephalitis
  • Tumours
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Haemorrhage
  • Hypoxia/Anoxia
  • Stroke

We understand that managing the effects of a brain injury can be incredibly challenging for everyone involved. That’s why we listen and try to fully understand your individual needs. Our packages of care are designed to support you to remain living as independently as possible, having a small care team in place to support you with your day-to-day tasks, and offering more complex interventions and full-time support where required. Whatever your requirements we can help you to live well at home.

Creating your bespoke package of care

When developing a bespoke package of care, we will work with you and your family where appropriate along with multidisciplinary teams to create a package of support that meets your clinical, social care and personal needs. We often work closely with brain rehabilitation unity and acute settings at the start of your journey to facilitate your transition home.

We consider the practical and clinical elements of your care alongside the emotional and social support aspects of your daily life. We have vast experience of delivering brain injury care and this has equipped us to support our clients and their families during what can be an incredible challenging time.

How we support you

The type of care we can provide for you at home includes:

  • Supporting with the initial discharge from a rehabilitation or hospital unit.
  • In collaboration with other professionals, setting goals relevant to your rehabilitation.
  • Development of confidence towards greater independence and involvement within the local community.
  • Supporting your ongoing daily living such as shopping, attending social activities, visiting friends and general errands.
  • Accompanying you to school, college or work.
  • Assisting you with any health needs if required.
  • Providing respite and additional support to your family.

Living with a brain injury

The effects of an acquired brain injury can be long lasting or in some cases permanent. Unlike most other injuries, a brain injury does not simply heal in time and whilst recovery and rehabilitation are possible, those with severe brain injuries will often face life challenges that will require them to completely adapt their lives. Helping our clients and their family members to cope with the long-term effects of a brain injury is a critical part of rehabilitation and ongoing care.

Suffering a brain injury can affect the way a person thinks, learns, and remembers. Dependent on the location of the injury, there can be lasting impacts on thought, memory, understanding, concentration, solving problems and using language.

What is a brain injury?

Acquired brain injury (ABI) is a term that is used for all brain injuries that are not hereditary, congenital, degenerative, or induced by birth trauma. This means that it is an injury that has been caused to the brain since birth.

Types of brain injury

There are two types of acquired brain injury: traumatic and non-traumatic.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is an injury to the brain caused by a sudden and often severe trauma to the head (head injury). TBI can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.  Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain.

Non-Traumatic Brain Injury is often referred to as an acquired brain injury, a non-traumatic brain injury causes damage to the brain by internal factors including;

  • Stroke,
  • Aneurysm,
  • Tumor,
  • infectious disease that affects the brain (for example: meningitis),
  • lack of oxygen supply to the brain (for example: a heart attack).

Factors such as the type of injury, its location and severity will determine the effects that the traumatic brain injury has on an individual. Symptoms can be wide-ranging, from physical effects such as balance problems, headaches, and dizziness to cognitive, emotional, and behavioural changes. 

Talk to us about your individual care needs