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Stroke/Brain Injury

Acquired Brain Injury

Headway statistics indicate that since 2005-2006, there has been a 10% increase in the number of people admitted to a UK hospital with an acquired brain injury.

The causes of head injury include: road traffic accidents, falls, sports injuries and assaults.

Other major types of acquired brain injury include: stroke, infections and reduced oxygen to the brain.

Stroke: first-ever stroke affects about 230 people per 100,000 population in the UK each year and in England and Wales alone, over 80,000 people are hospitalised with acute stroke each year.

The effects of a stroke can be wide and varied for both the individual affected and the family / support system around them.

Common consequences of any type of acquired brain injury

In addition to physical changes, problems with memory, planning, attention, and communication skills are common and can affect people’s ability to manage in daily life. People also describe changes in emotions and behaviour which can understandably cause distress.

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Our role

Our service provides a full range of assessment and interventions, with the ultimate aim being to support recovery and increase independence.

We are passionate about the unique role family play in rehabilitation and we make sure we work closely with you and your family / support network to ensure the best outcome possible. 

Assessment

Sphere Memory and Rehabilitation Team provide an extensive assessment including a full neuropsychological assessment, which gives us a clear indication of strengths and weaknesses in aspects of thinking and memory; in addition to identifying any changes in emotions and behaviour. We also work to understand the personal impact of the injury, as it is common for individuals to experience confusion, anxiety, low mood, and loss of confidence.

Treatments

Rehabilitation packages aim to:

Provide rehabilitation strategies to help compensate for any difficulties identified on testing and in daily life
Offer education regarding cognitive (brain) strengths and weaknesses to enable a sense of control over what is happening and reduce the risk of misunderstanding / misattributing difficulties / behaviours
Provide expert advice and support to develop individual habits and routines which are extremely helpful for brain health

​Mood interventions / Talking therapies / Social interventions:

Reduce stress, anxiety and low mood, which have been shown to significantly affect memory and thinking
Provide an opportunity to talk in confidence and to discuss any difficult feelings and thoughts, with the overall aim of helping you adjust and improving well being
Provide advice and strategies regarding fatigue and stress management if appropriate
Reduce the risk of social isolation (which is a major risk factor for mood problems  and has a detrimental effect on brain functioning)  

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