Working in Neurological Care
Who needs care and support?
14% of the social care budget is spent on people living with neurological conditions including providing nursing care and support to those individuals.
Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, and epilepsy are ones that affects someone’s brain or nervous system, and are the result of brain or spinal injuries.
The diagnosis of a neurological condition is often life changing, and it can, for some affect their ability to live as they have been used to at work and in life generally. This may include the ability to live independently, achieve personal ambitions, and maintain their personal identity. For others, their condition may affect their ability to communicate, move and walk, think, swallow or breathe. Neurological conditions can also severely affect a persons behaviour and mental health.
Some conditions can improve over time with appropriate care and rehabilitation, but others may get worse until resulting in premature death.
What type of care and support for neurological care?
Specialist Neurological care is the care and support given to people with a condition that affects their brain or nervous system. It focuses on health, wellbeing and supporting people to live their lives as fully as possible.
Neurological care can include long-term residential care, day, community and homecare, respite and rehabilitation services depending on people’s needs and choices. For those with complex disabilities as a consequence of their injuries, or those with progressive disease, Specialist Nursing Homes are likely to play a role in their care and support.
Care and support is provided by a range of care professionals including nurses, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and healthcare assistants.
Working with patients who have complex neurological conditions requires delivering compassionate, individualised personal care according to patient’s requests and aiming to make a real difference everyday by bringing contentment and happiness to people affected by debilitating illness.
Specialist skills and expertise are needed to promote people’s health and wellbeing, from supporting someone to maintain their mobility or independence, to providing specialist tracheotomy care to help them breathe.
Care and support for someone with a neurological condition includes support with daily living and personal care such as washing, dressing and going to the toilet. You will work closely with the other health professionals on the team to maximise people’s independence – whether that means enabling someone to manage their own medication or supporting them to develop the skills they need to live independently.
Diagnosis of a neurological condition can have a range of mental health impacts, from emotional wellbeing to requiring specialist psychological and psychiatric support. In supporting someone to live with a neurological condition, it is important understand and respond to their individual needs, including their mental health.
What is it like working with an neurological care organisation?
Fairlie Healthcare provide specialised care for adults living with complex neurological conditions and, often, long-term nursing needs, including those requiring ventilator support and tracheostomies and perhaps in altered states of consciousness.
They asked members of their team to comment on the qualities required to work in neurological care:
Teamwork: The best thing about my job is working together in a large team to help improve the quality of life of vulnerable patients together, having an impact on their life, whether it be large or small! (Alex)
Compassion: I feel good about myself when you know your patient is comfortable and safe – it is so rewarding! (Sharon)
Dutifulness: I enjoy my role from start to finish, I love to see the smile on our resident’s face and to know that that their needs are met whilst following our company policies and procedures. (Tana)
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