Progressive neurological conditions & disorders

We shape specialist neurological care and rehabilitation around the people we support, putting them at the heart of everything we do.


At Inspire Neurocare, our specialist teams are skilled in providing care and rehabilitation for individuals living with a range of progressive or degenerative neurological conditions.

From Motor Neurone Disease and multiple sclerosis (MS) to Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, brain tumours and other neurological disorders, Inspire Neurocare's interdisciplinary team of therapists and clinicians are best placed to support you or your loved one.

Understanding progressive neurological conditions

Progressive neurological conditions can also be referred to as neurodegenerative or degenerative disorders. They can affect people's movement, balance, ability to communicate and can cause difficulties with breathing and swallowing.

Some progressive neurological conditions are genetic, and stroke, tumours or viruses can cause others. Though there is no cure for progressive conditions, the aim of neurocare and neurorehabilitation is to reduce the impact of neurological symptoms.

At Inspire Neurocare, we work with people to develop a neurocare plan that relieves their symptoms and reduces their pain. People are supported to achieve improvements in their emotional and social wellbeing.

Progressive neurological conditions and their symptoms

Motor Neurone Disease
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 increases.

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.

Inspire Neurocare's occupational therapy team work with individuals with MND 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.

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. Inspire Neurocare's Speech and Language therapists support people with dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties, 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 benefit from the support of a neuropsychologist who can assess and understand their emotional wellbeing, cognitive and behavioural state.

Multiple Sclerosis

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 multiple sclerosis may experience severe fatigue, difficulty walking or issues with balance and coordination. They may also experience issues with bladder control and problems with thinking, learning, and planning.

Inspire Neurocare's 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.

Inspire Neurocare's occupational therapy team work 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. Inspire Neurocare's Speech and Language therapists support people with dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties, 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
Huntington's disease (HD) is a genetic progressive brain disorder. It changes in the brain, which affects people's movement, mood and cognition. There is no cure for HD.  People with Huntington's disease may experience difficulty concentrating, memory lapses, depression, involuntary movements, mood changes and problems with mobility, swallowing, speaking and breathing.

Inspire Neurocare's occupational therapists work with people with HD to make everyday tasks easier or more achievable. The aim of this is to keep people living with as much independence as they can, for as long as possible.

Our physiotherapy teams work to support people's movement difficulties, with exercises to keep people mobile, improve their posture and reduce the risk of falls. Inspire Neurocare's Speech and Language therapists support people with dysphagia, or swallowing difficulties, developing adaptations and dietary approaches, as well as by helping people with other ways to communicate if speech is difficult.

As a genetic disorder, Huntington's disease can have a devastating impact on individuals and the wider family. Many people living with HD may have seen the illness affect their close family members, and as a result, people can become depressed and anxious as their symptoms become worse. Inspire Neurocare's neuropsychologists support people to assess and understand their emotional wellbeing, cognitive and behavioural state, providing consultation and interventions.

Supporting people to live independent lives for as long as possible

Our interdisciplinary team of therapists includes speech and language therapists, physiotherapists and occupational therapists who develop personal rehabilitation plans which allow people to set personal goals which are most relevant to their lives. These teams are supported by our Life Skills Facilitators, who continue therapeutic interventions following sessions and the Wellbeing and Lifestyle Coordinators, who ensure that people are helped to live their lives as they choose.

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

The interdisciplinary team includes a psychologist and psychiatrist, who are on hand to support people with the emotional and mental health implications of their changing lives.

Make a referral or arrange a visit to Inspire Neurocare

Choosing specialist care and rehabilitation for people with progressive conditions is a big decision. At Inspire Neurocare, we work very closely with the individual, family members, the referring team and any current care providers to ensure a positive transition to our service. Please contact us to arrange a virtual tour or to discuss a referral or admission:

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