Progressive neurological condition care

Our specialist nurses, Life Skills Facilitators, and therapists are skilled in providing care, medical support, and neurorehabilitation for individuals living with a range of progressive or degenerative neurological conditions.

Understanding progressive neurological conditions

Though there is no cure for progressive conditions, the aim of neurocare and neurorehabilitation is to reduce and ease symptoms of any neurological disease or condition. At Inspire Neurocare, we work with people to understand their support needs and develop a care plan that relieves their symptoms and reduces their pain and achieve improvements in their emotional and social wellbeing.

From Motor Neurone Disease and multiple sclerosis (MS) to Huntington's disease, dementia, brain tumours and other neurological disorders, Inspire Neurocare's interdisciplinary team of therapists and specialist nurses is best placed to provide expert nursing care, offer advice and support you or your loved one.

What is a neurological disorder?

Progressive neurological conditions and neurological disorders can also be referred to as neurodegenerative or degenerative disorders. They can affect all aspects of day to day living, from people's movement, balance, ability to communicate to difficulties with breathing and swallowing, with symptoms becoming more pronounced in later stages. Some progressive neurological disorders are genetic, and stroke, tumours, or viruses can cause others.

Each service at Inspire Neurocare is guided by a rehabilitation doctor with in-depth knowledge and experience in neurological conditions. Their role is pivotal in directing the rehabilitation team and supervising personalised care plans for each patient.

Motor Neurone Disease Care

Motor neurone disease (MND) affects the motor nerves and neurons in the brain and spinal cord. This leads to muscle weakness, which can affect how people walk, talk, drink, eat, and breathe. It can progress at different rates for different people, and as more nerves are damaged, weakness and stiffness increase.

Though there is no cure for MND, by working closely with individuals, the Inspire Neurocare team can improve people's functional abilities and overall quality of life with good MND care.

Inspire Neurocare's occupational therapy team work with individuals with MND to carry out daily tasks, manage personal care needs or ability to carry out other activities such as hobbies. This includes functional activities, assessing an individual's environment and identifying any requirements for adaptation or equipment.

The physiotherapy team work with individuals to develop programs which are unique to their needs. This might include exercises to strengthen muscles, improve posture, increase people's mobility and balance and reduce the spasms, stiffness and pain, which people with MND can experience.

Swallowing difficulties are common for people living with MND. The speech therapist supports people with dysphagia, developing adaptations and dietary approaches, as well as by helping people with other ways to communicate if speech is difficult.

People living with MND may also benefit from the support of a neuropsychologist who can assess and understand their emotional wellbeing, cognitive and behavioural state.

Multiple Sclerosis care

Multiple Sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system which causes the protective layer which surrounds nerve fibres – the myelin – to become damaged. This prevents messages from the nerves to be received. People living with primary or secondary progressive MS may experience severe fatigue, difficulty walking or issues with balance and coordination. They may also experience MS symptoms including issues with bladder control and problems with thinking, learning, and planning.

Our interdisciplinary specialists provide care and support for people living with MS. They work carefully with individuals to provide interventions and facilitate independent activities whilst being mindful of fatigue and mood.

Occupational therapist works with individuals with MS to improve activities of daily living, manage personal care needs or ability to carry out other activities such as hobbies. This includes functional activities, assessing an individual's environment and identifying any requirements for adaptation or equipment.

Physiotherapists work with individuals to increase their functional abilities. This might include work to increase mobility by using gait training, improve posture, reduce the risk of falls, increase muscle strength, and manage fatigue.

Some people with MS experience swallowing difficulties. The speech and language therapist supports people with dysphagia, developing adaptations and dietary approaches, as well as by helping people with other ways to communicate if speech is difficult.

People living with MS may benefit from the support of a neuropsychologist who can assess and understand their emotional wellbeing, cognitive and behavioural state.

Huntington's disease care

Huntington's disease (HD) is a genetic progressive brain disorder. It leads to changes in the brain, which affects people's movement, mood and cognition.

Read our Huntington's disease page.

 

Supporting people to live independent lives for as long as possible

For people living with progressive conditions including MND, MS and Huntington's disease, staying independent and medically stable for as long as possible is a crucial part of people living happy, fulfilled lives.

To discuss advance care planning, enquire about respite care or to make an enquiry about our specialist neurocare, please contact the team.

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