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Specialist spinal injury care and rehabilitation

Our care homes provide specialist nursing care and rehabilitation for people living with a spinal injury.  

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Our care homes provide specialist nursing care and rehabilitation for people living with a spinal injury.  

Spinal injuries can affect anyone at any stage of their life. We support people who have acquired their spinal injury through trauma, such as an accident, or from disease or degeneration, such as a tumour, blood clot or hemorrhage.

Spinal injuries require significant physical, emotional and social adjustment by the injured person and their loved ones. We understand these challenges and that’s why 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, and enhanced through meaningful activities that make life more fulfilling.

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

Each of our care homes has an in-house Nursing Team which enables us to support people living with a range of complex care and medical needs as a result of their spinal injury, including:

  • bowel and bladder continence management
  • long term ventilation
  • tracheostomy care
  • physiotherapy
  • feeding and nutrition support
  • pressure sore/ulcer prevention and skin management
  • and chronic pain management.

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.

We support people on their journey from being in hospital to community-based living, as well as offering longer term support for those who require it.

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. 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 and other professionals, where required, to ensure that people receive the required support to meet all of their needs following a spinal injury.

  • Life skills – our Life Skills Teams support people to maximise their independence, optimise daily living and take part in meaningful activities to improve their wellbeing.
     
  • Physiotherapy – for those who have partial spinal damage, our Physiotherapists support people to regain movement, where possible, work with their current levels of mobility, and learn new ways of doing everyday tasks to maximise their independence.  For those who have total damage, our Physiotherapists support people to maintain optimal muscle function and limit/delay deterioration for as long as possible.
     
  • Occupational therapy – our Occupational Therapists help people to overcome the effects of their spinal injury, by considering their physical, psychological, social and environmental needs. 
     

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 spinal injury.

Make a referral

Our dedicated Referrals Team is here to support people with a spinal injury, and their loved ones, find a welcoming and supportive home.

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

Anthony's story

Anthony was transferred to Exemplar Health Care for physiotherapy and rehabilitation after spending several months in a local general hospital following a car accident. With support, he has been able to plan for his return home, visit family members and enjoy a holiday.

Read Anthony's story