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The type of rehabilitation will be tailored to the individual’s needs. Rehabilitation for people affected by brain injury can consist of a host of different therapies, all designed to bring about or restore a quality of life and enable a level of independence.
Physiotherapy can help with mobility and motor skills, whilst occupational therapy will support a person in learning or re-learning everyday tasks. There may also be a need for speech and language therapy.
Every individual case is different and will require a specific rehabilitation plan which will evolve and change over time depending on the individual’s progress and needs. It is critical that rehabilitation and therapy is commenced as soon as an individual is well enough to participate – the sooner, the better.
Effective rehabilitation, whatever form it takes, is be aimed at reducing the long term impact of a brain injury and accelerating recovery and improving the quality of life of the individual.
Technology does not stand still and there are some exciting projects around the country aimed at helping those with a brain injury to use technology to help them adjust to their brain injury by plugging the gaps in memory, sequencing and speak recognition and providing strategies to assist in the day to day challenges of life.
Mobile devices such as android phones, iwatches and other technologies make it easier for all of us to communicate and keep track of our lives. For those with cognitive weaknesses due to brain injury, getting access to the latest communication technologies can be life changing, not only for the individual but for their family.
Those working with brain injured children and adults highlight that there are many programmes and apps such as calendars, reminders and alarms that can help with the management of time and everyday activities without assistance from others.