Cerebral palsy care
Specialist cerebral palsy care at homeLiving with any type of cerebral palsy still means that you or your loved one can live life to the full. Cerebral palsy care at home will enable to independently and in the way you want to.
Verity Healthcare is one of the main specialist homecare provider supporting adults and children with cerebral palsy. We work with our clients to provide the care and support they need, how they want the support to be provided in their own home and on their own terms.
We’ve been supporting many people living with cerebral palsy for several years and we place significant importance on valuing you as an individual with a completely unique set of symptoms that require unique care and support. Our goal is to provide care that ensures the self-independence of client with cerebral palsy.
We provide effective and evidence-based care through our close working relationship with other healthcare professionals like physiotherapist, GPs and speech therapist. This approach helps us to gather as much information as possible to help us assess your needs, interest and preferences.
That’s why all of our care services are centred around listening to you and knowing your needs, interests and preference and creating a care plan that’s holistic in nature so you have a wide range of choices to live the way you want. This way we’re able to match you with just the right care worker who shares your interests and your lifestyle. We’re passionate about giving people living with cerebral palsy the same opportunities and adventure as an able bodied person.
We’re here to help you to manage cerebral palsy if you have been diagnosed or manage any symptoms that could underline the disease. Get in touch today to discuss your options
What is Cerebral Palsy (CP)?
Cerebral Palsy is a neurological condition that affect the cerebrum: the area of the brain that controls balance and movement or coordination in muscles. It occurs due to damage to the brain during or short after birth; or due to abnormal development of the brain. In the UK, cerebral palsy affects about one in every 400 children. Currently, there is no cure. Physiotherapy and other therapies are known to help people with cerebral palsy to become more independent.
Generally, people with cerebral palsy will have the same life expectancy as anyone else. Cerebral Palsy is not progressive condition; the injury to the brain does not change. The effects may change over time for better or worse. No two people will be affected in the same way. That’s why treatments and therapies can’t be one-size-fits all but should reflect individual needs.
Factors that increases the chances of CP?
The following factors can increase the likelihood of Cerebral Palsy:
- Difficult or premature birth
- Twins or multiple birth
- Mother’s age being below 20 or over 40
- Father under 20 years
- First child or fifth (or more) child
- Baby of low birth weight (less than 2.5 pounds)
- Premature birth (less than 37 weeks)
A combination of factors such as low birth weight and being a twin can increase the probability of having cerebral palsy.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
There are several types of cerebral palsy:
- Athetoid – loss of muscle control causing involuntary or spontaneous movements
- Ataxic – loss of balance and coordination, difficulty with speech and shaky hand movements. This affects balance and spatial awareness. It can make it difficult to judge your body position in relation to things around you. Ataxia can affect the whole body.
- Dyskinetic – sometimes called dystonic or choreoathetoid causes uncontrolled, involuntary, sustained or intermittent muscle contractions. Although very similar to Athetoid cerebral palsy, this type may make it difficult to maintain an upright position. The person may find it difficult to control the tongue, vocal chords and breathing. This may affect speech and language.
- Spastic – Spasticity means the muscle tone is tight and stiff. This reduces a person’s range of movement. As the muscle tone is so tight, spasticity can be very painful with muscles often going into spasm. It can affect many different areas of the body.
- Mixed – The person has a combination of two or all the types listed above. Each type of cerebral palsy needs to be managed.
Cerebral palsy often lead paralysis of the body. On the basis of how a person is affected by paralysis, we may have
- Haemiplegia– where one side of the body is affected.
- Diplegia – 2 limbs are affected
- Monoplegia – 1 is limb affected
- Quadriplegia – 4 limbs are affected.
People with cerebral palsy often have learning difficulty, epilepsy, hearing impairment, drooling as well as communication and feeding difficulties.
Our dedicated are available to help you make a choice that will help you and your loved one to manage the various complex issues associate with having cerebral palsy. Get in touch with our dedicated and friendly team and one of our handpicked member of staff will be happy to talk you through the various options.
How can we help?
At Verity Healthcare, we pride ourselves of being able to help all individuals with cerebral palsy who need our services. We’re able to provide highest quality clinical and personal care to enable our clients to have choice and live their lives as they choose.
We’re working with man children and younger teenagers too and we’re focus on adopting innovative ways of supporting the young people and their families in their primary carer role, by facilitating family life for every member of the family. For older clients, we support them to be as independent as possible including assisting them to be adventurous and taking on paid or voluntary work.
We identify tools and techniques to assist individuals with cerebral palsy to manage muscle and movement control issues associated with cerebral palsy. We adopt a step–change approach where individuals are supported to make simple changes in daily routine, to presenting more involved systems which are slightly challenging to enable clients to control their environment.
We believe there’d be no one size fits all approach to cerebral palsy care. That’s why we take a holistic approach to care to ensure we have a full understanding of clinical and personal care of each clients’ individual needs.
Prior supporting each client, we conduct needs and risk assessment to understand the needs and the associated risk to be managed or eliminated when providing care. Having gathered the range of information, we design a plan that reflects the client’s hobbies, goals, and aspirations for the future. We implement risk management plan to ensure that the clients is cared for safely.
We’ll then take time to match the clients with the right personal care assistants who share personality, interests and hobbies to promote better relationship when providing their day-to-day care. We also know that conditions can change over time and so undertake regular monitoring and review to make sure that we’re always delivering the most appropriate and cost effective support to all of our clients.
By choosing Verity Healthcare, you’re choosing a company that is genuinely focused on supporting you as personal to achieve better personal, health, medical and social care outcomes. In addition, you’ll be receiving services from carers and registered nurses who have received award-winning training and renowned and committed at what they do.
We also work in close partnership with specialists and healthcare professionals, including GPs, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists to ensure that you and/or your loved one receives care and support that is well-suited to your needs.
If you require high quality and first-rate cerebral palsy care at home, contact our dedicated team today to discuss the various options available.
Extraordinary support for people with cerebral palsy
Our specialist team of care workers and registered nurses are exceptionally trained to offer extraordinary support so you can manage essential day-to-day activities very well. We can support you with short-term care where our care staff will visit you for period of 30mins or more or as live-in carers where they will provide round-the-clock services. Our cerebral palsy care team will support you with:
- Personal care including skin care, washing, dressing and toileting to keep high levels of hygiene to prevent infection
- Nutrition management such as food preparation, access to appropriate drinks to keep you healthy and hydrated
- Companionship which will include going to the theatre, watching movies, out for dinner, chatting through photo albums, engage in social activities, keeping up hobbies to keep you motivated and keep up with events and routines
- Housekeeping including household chores such as cooking, cleaning, shopping and laundry to keep home environment clean and prevent infection
- Life skills development – supporting with learning new skills, education and work aspirations
- Language development – help with any needed language development e.g. sign language
- Medicine management – assistance with taking the right medicines as prescribed to improve health and wellbeing
- Encouragement to relearn skills and do things for yourself to maintain your independence
- Medical support, such as arranging medical and hospital appointments, dressing wounds and supporting with bowel, stoma and catheter care
- Running errands such as collecting prescriptions or helping with the food shopping
“Mark is registered quadriplegic cerebral palsy who has just finished first degree with first class in Business Administration at a renowned London University. He has been supported by John for the past 5 years receiving support with daily living activities and academic support.
Mark says: “Thank you to Verity Healthcare and Sam in particular for helping me achieve my dreams. With the help of John who is Verity Healthcare live-in personal assistant my life at university was so much better -full of fun and excitement”.
He continue: “Thank that he’s helping at home and work, I’m living life to the full. “I can’t thank John and the other person assistants who have supported me. You’re a bunch of wonderful people. I can only wish you the very best in your work.”
– Mark, Verity Healthcare live-in carer.
Joining Verity Healthcare is a prospect that you will relish. You will be joining a family of staff who share diverse abilities and skills for your personal and professional growth.
We’re committed to excellence and to deliver essential homecare services to our clients as the first choice
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