Rehabilitation after a brain injury can be unpredictable as every case is unique to the individual. JAM’s brain rehabilitation support is truly unique to each client.
What is a brain injury and how does rehabilitation work?
Brain cells are unlike other cells in the human body as they do not regenerate when destroyed. The brain, however, benefits from something called plasticity which means it is flexible and can learn to reorganise itself to regain lost function.
This means that during the recovery and rehabilitation process, other parts of the brain can take over from the damaged parts and create new “nerve pathways.” Brain rehabilitation at JAM has 2 aims:
To help the brain learn new and alternative ways of working to minimise the impact of the brain injury, and
To help the client and families and loved ones to cope with the remaining impacts of the brain injury
Is there a window of opportunity when rehabilitation works?
This was the commonly held view for many years, however most experts now believe that an individual can improve their brain function for many years after their injury, and in fact many now believe that this regaining of skills can continue indefinitely.
What does JAM CARE do?
JAM’s Brain Rehabilitation Experts will work with a client on a weekly basis to support them with their recovery and to help them cope with the impacts of their brain injury.
We aim to help our clients to participate in life and reach their fullest potential, helping them to maintain their independence.
Our clients range from 13 to 62 years of age. We work with them (and often their family, friends and loved ones) to achieve their goals. Like our complex care work, we also work as part of a multi-disciplined team which includes neuro experts, psychologists, OTs, etc, working in collaboration to ensure our rehabilitation support complements the wider recovery programme.
What sort of things do you do during a Brain Rehab session?
It’s entirely dependent on the client, what they want to achieve and of course their interests. At JAM we have young people we support who we are helping through school and to ready them for adult life, through to adults who we are helping with everyday tasks, including getting back into work.
However, typical activities can include any of the following:
Supporting the transition to independent living
Helping to re-learn cognitive skills such as budgeting, managing and prioritising your time, dealing with correspondence etc.
Support with daily living, cooking, cleaning, driving, correspondence, hobbies etc.
Managing behaviours and dealing with emotions
Helping clients to socialise and build meaningful relationships
Enhance a client’s ability and chances to gain employment and vocational opportunities