Neuro-disability

At Exemplar we care for people with a wide range of neuro-disabilities including both congenital and acquired disabilities such as:

  • Huntington’s disease: including overcoming a person’s communication difficulties through speech and language therapy; employing assistive technologies and equipment including communication aids; and ensuring special care is given to diet to prevent weight loss and reduce the risks associated with swallowing
  • Parkinson’s disease: including careful management of medication regimes
  • Multiple sclerosis: including managing the decline of a person’s cognitive and physical abilities
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Epilepsy

People are affected by neuro-disabilities in different ways. Some may have to adjust to a reduced physical ability to manage everyday tasks. For others, it may be living with the effects of reducing and declining intellectual ability.

Case study

Valerie came to Exemplar with very challenging behaviour and severe self-neglect. In addition to Huntington’s disease, Valerie was severely underweight, had underlying mental health needs including agoraphobia and had isolated herself from friends and family. It was initially determined that Valerie was entering the end stage of her illness and would need end-of-life care.

Over time, a breakthrough came when Valerie requested a shower and a new hairstyle. Encouraged to expand her surroundings, she began spending time in the garden and leaving the home for visits. Valerie now enjoys 1:1 drives and local shopping trips with a team member. She lives in the same home and is enjoying a true quality of life.

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Huntington’s disease Parkinson’s disease

 

As a person’s condition degenerates we reduce the impact on their life as much as we can. A person may lose the ability to walk, talk or communicate in usual ways, but we work to restore choices to make sure they are still able to get the most out of life.

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