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. Our spinal injury carers are able to provide support on both a live-in and visiting care basis, helping with everyday tasks including personal care, medication management 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. Our 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 professionally trained care staff.
At IP Homecare, long-term care for a spinal injury (also known as long-term complex care), is focused on limiting stress and disruption for individuals living with debilitating conditions. We work closely with individuals, families and other healthcare professionals to develop a spinal cord injury care plan centred around retaining choice and control. Our 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 an assessment to develop a package of care that is tailored to your individual needs. Our 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 assess suitability according to interests, preferences and location.
Spinal injury care from IP Homecare
If you would like to find out more about our spinal injury home care services, contact our team of friendly experts on 0808 223 8934 today. Here at IP Homecare we offer live-in care and visiting care services, both of which are available on a long-term and short-term respite basis.