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Specialist brain injury and stroke care

Our care homes provide specialist nursing care and rehabilitation for people living with acquired or traumatic brain injuries, including stroke.

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Our care homes provide specialist nursing care and rehabilitation for people following an acquired or traumatic brain injury, including stroke and those with prolonged disorders of consciousness (PDOC).  

Brain injuries and strokes can affect anyone at any stage of their life. We support people who have acquired their brain injuries through trauma, stroke, anoxic/hypoxic injuries and illnesses such as meningitis.

We care for some of the most complex and acute individuals, who would often be in a hospital setting if not placed with us, enabling them to stay in the community and reducing hospital admission.

Specialist care in a community-based home

Many of the people we support with a brain injury have transitioned to our care homes from hospital or a treatment centre as part of their rehabilitation journey. We also provide longer term support for those who require it.

Our community-based homes and OneCare services provide person-centred care that focuses on maximising independence, building everyday living skills and empowering people to live as fulfilled lives as possible.

A personalised approach

Our approach is personalised to the individuals that we support – we work with them, their loved ones and professionals to design a care plan that’s tailored to their needs and goals, whether that’s full rehabilitation or maintaining optimal function following a brain injury or stroke.

Our collaborative approach encourages, educates and supports people to take control of their lives after a brain injury or stroke. We support and encourage people to reacquire practical skills such as cleaning, washing and cooking. And we motivate them to maintain or increase their independence through therapeutic, leisure and social activities, and community involvement. 

Holistic care from an in-house Nurse-led team

Our homes are led by an experienced Nurse-led management team, and supported by a trained in-house team of Registered Nurses and Health Care Assistants. Each of our homes has a Life Skills/Activities Team to support with holistic and therapeutic treatments, and many of them have in-house Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. And everyone who lives in our homes also has the support of Exemplar Health Care’s clinical experts, Consultant Psychiatrist and Behaviour Support Specialists.

This enables people to access holistic care and a range of services in a community-based home that’s closer to their friends and family.

We also work closely with community teams to support people’s rehabilitation following a brain injury or stroke, where required.

  • Life skills – our Life Skills Teams support people to rebuild their everyday living skills such as cleaning, washing and cooking, and take part in meaningful activities to improve their wellbeing. 
     
  • Physiotherapy – our Physiotherapists support people to maintain optimal muscle function and limit/delay deterioration following a brain injury or stroke.
     
  • Occupational therapy – our Occupational Therapists help people to learn how to adapt and develop their skills following their brain injury or stroke, by considering their physical, social and environmental needs.
     
  • Behaviour support – our dedicated Behaviour Support Team works with individuals and care teams to understand the reasons for people’s behaviour, and implement strategies to reduce the frequency and duration of incidents of behaviours of concern, in order to support people to re-integrate with society. The team is supported by our Consultant Psychiatrist. 
     

High staffing levels to support person-centred outcomes

Our high staffing levels of Registered Nurses and trained Health Care Assistants are determined by each person’s individual needs, whether that be 2:1 or 1:1.

This enables us to work at their own pace and build trust, and provide support with all aspects of their life, leading to improved person-centred and longer-term outcomes for those living with a brain injury.

Behaviour support

Sustaining a brain injury can lead to some people displaying behaviours of concern.

Many of the people we support have been deemed to have behaviours that are considered ‘too complex’ for mainstream nursing and care services.

Our approach to behaviour support focuses on how we can prevent the need for restrictive practices and reduce the frequency and intensity of behaviours of concern.

All of our care and nursing colleagues complete our Exemplar Positive Behaviour Support (EPBS) training that’s been certificated by Bild ACT, and are supported by our central team of Behaviour Support Specialists through person-centred interventions, fortnightly clinics and regular advice forums.

High dependency nursing

Many of the people we support with brain injuries also have further complex needs, conditions or illnesses, such as epilepsy or diabetes, or require high dependency nursing care such as a tracheostomy and ventilated care or assistance with nutrition and hydration including PEG feeding and Dysphagia.

Our in-house teams of Registered Nurses and Health Care Assistants enable us to support people to manage these additional needs, and provide continuity of care as their condition progresses. 

Get in touch

Our specialist teams are here to support people through every step of their rehabilitation journey following a brain injury or stroke.

Find your local care home, or get in touch with our Referrals Team who can help you to find the right home.