Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Life-changing brain injury rehabilitation services for adults following acquired brain injury and traumatic brain injury across the UK.

When an individual is medically stable, many people require brain injury rehabilitation in centre such as Inspire Neurocare's services in Worcester, Basingstoke, Southampton, and Camberley. This form of rehabilitation in a community-based, home-from-home environment allows people with complex needs to recover, re-learn the skills of independent living and increase their independence.

At Inspire's brain injury rehabilitation services, individuals benefit from high quality care in our purpose-built, modern environment, created with the slow process of rehabilitation in mind.

Understanding brain injury

Each year in England, around 2,770 people require a period of neurorehabilitation following a brain injury. Initial inpatient rehabilitation after a brain injury often takes place within the first six months, usually in a post acute rehabilitation hospital. 

When it comes to a brain injury, people can experience a range of symptoms that can significantly affect their lives. In the majority of cases, the more severe the brain injury and damage to the brain tissue, the more severe the long-term impact is likely to be. Some people experience complex problems which can affect their mobility, understanding, personality, behaviour, emotions, and close relationships. People may experience significant fatigue, memory loss, and cognitive deficits.

Traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are caused by localised and sudden damage to the brain and brain tissue, often resulting from a road traffic accident, a fall, an assault, or incidents related to work or sport. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause localised brain damage and may also impact a range of functions.

Acquired brain injuries

Acquired brain injury (ABI) describes damage that has occurred since birth. An acquired brain injury can be both traumatic and non-traumatic, such as those occurring due to a brain tumour, anoxic brain injury (following a myocardial infarction), or encephalitis. An acquired brain injury can be caused by a stroke or a traumatic brain injury.

 Acquired brain injury or traumatic brain injury can put people at an increased risk of long-term neurological disorders such as dementia.

Brain injury rehabilitation

The aim of brain injury rehabilitation is to help people achieve the highest level of independence and quality of life possible, by improving or restoring their abilities and supporting them to compensate for disabilities. Some individuals, well enough to return home, may require only outpatient rehabilitation, or other forms such as vocational rehabilitation services to support their return to work.

Every brain injury is different, and people have differing requirements for neurorehabilitation and different goals. Inspire Neurocare's brain injury rehabilitation centre takes an interdisciplinary approach to ensure that rehabilitation is developed around the individual, giving them the best opportunity to reach their goals and return home.

Watch Adrian's rehabilitation journey following a severe brain injury and explore our outcomes for patients.

Explore our Acquired Brain Injury Case Studies and videos exploring the recovery and rehabilitation journeys of residents with brain injuries at Inspire Neurocare.


Inspire Neurocare: brain injury rehabilitation centre

At Inspire Neurocare, we provide inpatient rehabilitation in our community based services. Our rehabilitation assistants - Life Skills Facilitators - work closely with the interdisciplinary therapy team and specialist nurses to provide treatment and support for traumatic and acquired brain injury including physical or occupational therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, cognitive therapy, psychological support, treatment for mental health conditions, and medication management.

These services, delivered within a home from home setting are tailored to the specific needs of each person, with the goal of helping them regain as much independence as possible and improve quality of life. You can learn more about our rehabilitation and care pathways here.

Specialist nursing

Specialist nursing care for brain injury rehabilitation

Our nursing teams deliver expert, compassionate and rehabilitation services for individuals with a brain injury. These skilled professionals focus on assessing and managing the complex needs of each patient, coordinating care and supporting both the individual and their families throughout the brain injury rehabilitation journey.

Our nurses are trained to manage potential complications and to ensure people are in good physical and emotional health.

Consultant-led care

Every Inspire Neurocare service is led by a Consultant in Rehabilitation Medicine specialising in brain injury. Our rehabilitation medicine consultants have in-depth knowledge and experience in neurorehabilitation.

They are instrumental in coordinating the rehabilitation team and overseeing each individual's care plan. Their expertise ensures that every patient receives the most effective, evidence-based treatments and interventions designed to maximise their rehabilitation potential.

Physiotherapy for brain injury

Physiotherapy for neurorehabilitation

Our physiotherapy teams work with individuals with brain injury to increase their mobility and muscle strength, improve their balance, reduce the risk of falls and reduce the impact of muscle spasms with stretching exercises. 

While a brain injury causes damage to the central nervous system, many people who have had a brain injury also experience other injuries including muscular-skeletal damage, which requires specific exercises. Posture is crucial for good recovery, and so this forms part of many neurorehabilitation approaches following a brain injury.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy for neurorehabilitation

Occupational therapists aim to increase people's independence in areas of everyday living, ensuring people can function in their environment with adaptations where required. Our community based services are the perfect environment to regain lost skills before being discharged home. 

Independent living skills training might include working with people to carry out activities of daily living, such as making a cup of tea, managing a budget, preparing a meal, activities in a community setting, managing personal care, and relearning the skills for community living.

Speech and Language Therapy for Rehabilitation

Speech and language therapy for neurorehabilitation

Speech and Language Therapists provide expert support to individuals who face communication and swallowing difficulties following a brain injury. They use a range of techniques and strategies tailored to the individual's unique needs and abilities.

Communication post-brain injury may be impaired, affecting speech, language, and cognitive-communication. Our speech and language therapists work on these areas, enabling the person to regain and improve their communication skills. This may involve the use of communication aids and adaptive equipment.

Swallowing difficulties, also known as dysphagia, are another common challenge post-brain injury, so we provide comprehensive assessments and personalised interventions to ensure safe eating and drinking.

Psychology for Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Psychology for neurorehabilitation

At Inspire Neurocare, our neuropsychologists provide key psychological support for mental health conditions in the context of brain injury rehabilitation. They aid in managing emotional and behavioural changes, including anxiety, depression, and disturbances often resulting from brain injuries.

Using therapeutic interventions, specialist neurobehavioural assessment, coping strategies, self-care techniques and cognitive rehabilitation therapy, they help improve individuals' psychological well-being, quality of life and resilience.


Next steps

Contact Inspire Neurocare's brain injury rehabilitation team for more information on brain injury rehabilitation or access further information on our neurorehabilitation service.

Our team can provide advice about care options and guide family members and individuals through the process of referrals, and work with care commissioners and your primary care provider to understand care requirements.

A neurological care centre, we provide respite care, palliative care and more. You can also find our admission and referral process here, detailing our initial assessment process, individual needs assessments and our brain injury rehabilitation pathway.

Specialist brain injury rehabilitation FAQs

Headway - the brain injury association, is a valuable UK-wide resource for patients and families, providing information on specialist care providers.

Acquired and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation is a complex but life-changing process. Please scroll to the end of this page for frequently asked questions, designed to support your understanding of this process and access further information.

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What is residential inpatient brain injury rehabilitation?

A residential inpatient brain injury unit like Inspire Neurocare provides specialised, 24-hour care and rehabilitation for brain injury patients, with a skilled team including carers or rehabilitation assistants, doctors, nurses, therapists, and psychologists.

Who typically needs brain injury recovery in a residential inpatient unit?

Individuals who've experienced significant brain injuries, such as strokes or trauma, and who require intensive rehabilitation to regain or relearn abilities typically need inpatient care.

What kind of outcomes can be expected during brain injury rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation outcomes depend on individual goals, injury severity, and overall health. Outcomes may include improved physical abilities, cognitive functions, speech and swallowing and emotional well-being.

At Inspire Neurocare, outcomes are measured against these goals on an ongoing basis.

What is the referral process at Inspire Neurocare?

The referral process usually begins with a referral from a doctor or funding body, usually while the individual is in hospital.

The Inspire team visit to assess the individual, creating a report detailing the rehabilitation pathway and care we can provide.

From this point, the referrer and family will review the assessment report, and if it is decided that Inspire Neurocare is the right place, the team will work with all those concerned to begin the admission process.

How does Inspire Neurocare support the families of those going through brain injury recovery?

Inspire supports families throughout the recovery process. Our Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coach ensures loved ones are kept informed about progress, recovery, and discharge planning.

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