Brain injuries often require serious physical treatment, but patients need ongoing mental support too. One method to support individuals is cognitive rehabilitation.
This blog will discuss how we can bridge the gap between cognitive therapy and everyday life to achieve the best outcome for people with brain injuries.
Cognitive rehabilitation techniques
Cognitive rehabilitation often involves a range of therapeutic techniques tailored to address specific cognitive deficits.
This may include memory training, attention exercises, problem-solving tasks, and strategies to improve executive functioning. When used in combination with physical treatment, cognitive rehabilitation offers a more holistic treatment.
For cognitive rehabilitation to be effective, it’s important that a Personal Care Plan is put in place. This is done by analysing the affected person’s specific needs and offering a rehabilitation plan to suit. This is more comfortable and holistic than a general plan.
An important part of cognitive rehabilitation is integrating rehabilitation activities into the affected person’s daily life, as seamlessly as possible.
This is vital. When treatment is integrated into daily life, patients are generally more comfortable. Additionally, it allows them to naturally build the problem-solving skills they need.
To support brain injury patients, we work with several specialist organisations. These include Bristol Head Injury Therapy Unit, Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Unit and The Dean Neurological Centre.
Bridging therapy and everyday life
There are many ways to help the patient bridge the gap between therapy and their life.
As previously mentioned, it’s important that the cognitive rehabilitation the patient is receiving prepares them for the outside world.
Some treatment may work in a controlled environment such as a hospital but may not work when a patient leaves. Because of this, therapists may choose to work with their patients at home or simulate real-life situations.
It’s also important to educate family members and people at home about cognitive rehabilitation techniques. This can be very beneficial as it helps them to understand the patient’s needs and reinforce their treatment at home.
Technology can also play a big role in bridging the gap between therapy and life. Cognitive training software, apps and even virtual reality can help. These can be particularly useful because the patient can engage with them at will.
Finally, long-term support is vital. Follow up sessions and changing care plans to adjust to the patient’s current needs are very important. This ensures nothing is missed and is the best way to ensure a patient doesn’t deteriorate.
Our team is highly experienced in treating brain injuries. Each member of staff is trained to each individual’s needs, with a focus on independence. We help our patients every step of the way, from onset to rehabilitation.
At Synergy Complex Care we specialise in providing personalised care and support for adults and children with brain injuries. For more information, please contact us today.