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A carer guides an elderly lady with a walking frame illustrating our article on how much care is too much?

Suffering a traumatic injury can not only disrupt daily life, but it can put tremendous strain on the family and relationships too. Providing those with an injury too much care, can alter their chance for an independent life when rehabilitation is complete.

The ultimate goal, no matter the injury, is to return to, or as close to, pre-injured life as possible, so the injured party can live life to the full. There are many factors that can cause too much care, firstly an assessment must take place to understand the full extent of the injury, this assessment will then provide a care plan which will outline any rehabilitation that could be needed. All of this is carefully considered by a medical professional who will take into account the injury and future goals.

Assessments

Assessments from professional medical experts can ensure an injured party receives the correct care following a traumatic injury.

Liability reports provide key evidence to opine if a breach of duty has occurred. These assessments are to prove or disprove cases of medical negligence.

Immediate needs assessments detail the needs of the injured party including their goals and expected outcomes of rehabilitation, treatment, and progress.

Care, aids and equipment reports outline all the information regarding the past, present and future care needs of the injured individual. Providing details of any equipment they may need in order to regain independence and return to, or close to, their pre-injured state.

Care reports provide clear outcomes and goals to ensure that the correct care and best possible recovery journey is achieved.

When providing an assessment, it is highly important to not only consider the current state of injury and lifestyle, but also to contemplate the future. Providing too much care can mean an injured person can become reliant on the treatment. Adaptations to home environments can be made that enable them to live independently. Even the smallest of changes can have a huge impact on day to day lives, such as extra handrails, commodes, slip mats and easy to hold knives and forks. Sometimes it’s the little things that really make the difference.

Rehabilitation

Sometimes rehabilitation could be required in order to deal with pain, regain strength or gain independence. Rehab can take many forms and treatments could include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Psychiatric care
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Social support

Rehabilitation after a brain injury can be largely unpredictable, as unlike other cells in the body, brain cells do not regenerate when destroyed. Rehab will help the brain to use alternative pathways to develop and could mean an individual will need to learn new ways of doing things in order to return to an independent state.

Too much rehabilitation, for example, physical therapy, can actually have detrimental affects on the body. Physical therapy isn’t something to be reliant upon or something that should be done indefinitely. It’s important to have clear goals, so when they’re reached, stopping can be agreed. Or likewise if no progress is seen, it could be time to reassess.

A balancing act

Determining the right amount of care is dependent on the severity of the injury, the lifestyle of the individual and the rehabilitation programme.

If the injury has been caused by suspected medical negligence, then it’s important to receive a fair and just assessment, this will ensure that the injured party will receive compensation for the exact care, equipment and, anything they may need in the future, as a result of their injury. In addition to ensuring that the party at fault is not liable for any pre-injury issues.

Our role at TG Associates is to ensure this balance reaches equilibrium. Providing solely the care that is required to gain independence will give the injured party the best possible chance of living life as before.


About Tessa Gough Associates

Established in 1987, Tessa Gough Associates was founded by expert nurse, Tessa Gough. For over 30 years our nationwide network of associates have provided unrivalled quality assessments. We are independent and provide impartial clinically evidenced reports that provide a balanced assessment and clear pathway for the future.

Our network of highly experienced associates can provide a complete range of independent expert witness reports and case management services across a range of disciplines and specialist areas.

Read more about Tessa Gough Associates.

How can Brain Injury Group help?

If you have been injured in a work-related accident and would like a free, no-obligation chat with a specialist brain injury solicitor about the circumstances surrounding your accident, please email enquiries@braininjurygroup.co.uk, telephone 0330 311 2541 or visit our website to access live chat.

We are also able to offer free welfare benefit checkups to all affected by brain injury, to ensure you are receiving the right benefits for your individual circumstances.

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