The Priory offers the highest quality of acute, slow stream and continuing care to people with a neuro-disability. Using an innovative and integrated care pathway for its neuro-rehabilitation services, Priory can call upon the practice of some of the most experienced and well-respected clinicians within the UK. We can therefore demonstrate real life-changing results for those in our care.

What is neuro-disability?

Neuro-disability refers to the deficits or impairments an individual can experience when they have been affected by a brain injury or brain damage.  Brain damage can occur as a result of a wide range of injuries, illnesses, or conditions.  These can include:

  • Car accidents
  • Assaults
  • Sports injuries
  • Falls or accidents
  • Poisoning
  • Infection, such as encephalitis or meningitis
  • Hydrocephalus (a build-up of fluid in the brain leading to increased pressure and causing damage to the tissue)
  • Hypoxia (the brain is deprived of adequate oxygen supply) from choking or drowning
  • Stroke
  • Heart attacks
  • Tumours
  • Aneurysms
  • Neurological illnesses

What are the symptoms of Neuro-Disability?

Symptoms of neuro-disability are diverse but can include physical symptoms, such as:

  • Paralysis or hemiplegia (paralysis of the arm, leg, and trunk on the same side of the body)
  • Co-ordination, posture and balance problems
  • Sensory changes – especially anosmia (smell) and taste
  • Epilepsy fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Perceptual problems
  • Dysphagia (swallowing problems)
  • Poor nutritional status

  Cognitive symptoms can include:

  • Problems with memory and learning
  • Poor attention and concentration
  • Reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making difficulties
  • Poor planning and organisation
  • Slow and inflexible thinking
  • Dysarthria (slurred speech)
  • Communication problems including difficulties expressing themselves or understanding others
  • Less appreciation of the perspective of others
  • A lack of awareness

  Behavioural and emotional changes include:

  • Irritability and anger, problems with aggression
  • Loss of emotional control
  • Being self-centred or childish
  • Being impatient or impulsive
  • Changes in personality
  • Inflexibility or stubbornness
  • Saying or doing things that are inappropriate
  • Depression, anxiety or lack of motivation

How can the Priory help?

Priory understands that emotional engagement with both service user and their family is an imperative component of good neuro-rehabilitation services. We have seen that working closely with a service user’s family can have tangible benefits for an individual’s positive behavioural and cognitive development. This is captured through their involvement at case conferences and relevant meetings. Our dedicated interdisciplinary teams use their knowledge and expertise in order to work with the individual and their family, if appropriate, to address the consequences of their disability, increase independence and improve the quality of their life.

From consultants in rehabilitation medicine and clinical neuropsychology, to the specialist support staff, our dedicated teams develop individual treatment plans that are tailored to suit the specific requirements of each person. We are therefore able to draw on the knowledge of our nationwide network of specialist clinicians to provide care for profoundly disabled adults with acquired brain injuries and degenerative neurological conditions.  Download the Rehabilitation and recovery services brochure now.

For further informatin on the full range of Priory services, please call: 0845 277 4679. For professionals looking to make a referral, please click here.