We have experience treating individuals with a wide range of neurological conditions including traumatic brain injury, stroke, brain infections and Parkinson’s. We also work with individuals who have sustained spinal cord injuries.
How we deliver treatment
Following our initial assessment (including a neuropsychology assessment where indicated), we develop a community rehab programme.
The rehabilitation may involve: -
- Cognitive Rehabilitation – this includes education regarding strengths and weaknesses in thinking and memory and development of strategies that play to people’s strengths
- We focus on the development of habits and routines that enable individuals to engage in more meaningful roles, thereby reducing the risk of isolation and mood related difficulties
- We look at different ways of structuring the environment to help play to people’s strengths
- Assessments done within the community are a good way of observing an individual’s strengths and weaknesses. Familiar environments can also trigger behavioural routines and boost rehab
- We work closely with families / friends as we are fully aware of the essential role they play in rehabilitation
- We work closely with professionals to focus on developing plans to support individuals to increase independence, and also identify opportunities for vocational training and constructive use of leisure time:
- Rehab Medicine Consultants
- Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists
- Social care
- Continuing healthcare teams
- Care agencies and support staff
- Voluntary sector organisations
How can rehabilitation help?
We know the brain is not like skin or bone and does not regenerate in the same way. However, there is a lot of evidence that the brain can create new connections as well as the ability to compensate for lost function by reorganising itself.
During recovery, other areas of the brain take over the activities of the damaged areas and new nerve pathways can be established using undamaged brain cells. Engaging in activity helps these alternative pathways to develop.
Rehabilitation aims to help the brain learn alternative ways of working in order to minimise the long-term impact of the brain injury. Rehabilitation also helps the survivor and the family to cope successfully with any remaining disabilities.
Sphere Rehabilitation Assistants
Sphere Rehabilitation Assistants are trained in the neurobehavioral model (understanding the link between brain and behaviour). They are able to provide intensive input, in order to test out what level of support an individual will need in the community. They have the flexibility to visit the client at different times of the day and this can provide the individual with the opportunity to engage with different activities. Sphere Rehabilitation Assistants are also trained in delivering real life, meaningful, thinking and memory rehab strategies.
The focus is very much on establishing a structured rehab timetable to the week (individuals learn by doing), whilst taking into account an individual’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, thereby not over pacing an individual but grading an appropriate level of cognitive stimulation which aids recovery.