Spinal injury care
The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves that carries messages to the brain – messages related to movement, feeling pressure and controlling functions such as breathing and blood pressure. Spinal injuries can affect anyone, with the most common cause being trauma that affects the spinal cord. Damage to the spinal cord results in loss of sensation, which will vary based upon whereabouts the injury has occurred:
- Damage to the spinal cord in the back may result in paraplegia
- Damage to the spinal cord in the neck may result in tetraplegia
Depending on their severity, spinal injuries can be life changing. All too often, adjustments that need to be made following an accident can mean individuals lose their sense of independence, leaving them feeling isolated and unable to carry out everyday tasks.
While this can sometimes happen, with the right care in place, those living with spinal injury can continue to live independently in their own homes. Spinal injury carers are able to provide support on a live-in a basis, helping with everyday tasks including personal care, medication prompting and meal preparation.
Caring for someone with a spinal cord injury
Caring for someone with a spinal cord injury can be difficult, but we can help. Spinal injury carers specialise in providing tailored care and support to those living with spinal injury, enabling them to remain living independently in the comfort of their own homes. We understand that live-in care may seem like a big decision to make, but there are many benefits to spinal injury home care provided by dedicated care staff.
At Ivy Palmer, long-term care for a spinal injury (also known as long-term complex care), is focused on finding a good carer that will limit stress and disruption for individuals living with debilitating conditions. We work closely with individuals, families and other healthcare professionals to support the development of care that retaining choice and control. Highly trained care staff are able to assist with:
- Home ventilation and respiratory support
- Pain management caused by spinal injury
- Medication administration
- Continence care
- Gastrostomy and nasogastric feeding
If you feel that spinal cord injury home care is the best option for you or your loved one, we will arrange a consultation to help you develop a carer who is tailored to your individual needs. Good spinal injury carers couple a warm approach with extensive experience of providing spinal care, building strong and long-lasting relationships with those they care for. We also understand the importance of matching the right carer to your individual needs, which is why we take the time to talk to you about what you are looking for.
Spinal injury care from Ivy Palmer
If you would like to find out more about our spinal injury home carer services, contact our team of friendly experts on 0330 053 5014 today. Here at Ivy Palmer we offer live-in care on a long-term and short-term respite basis.