In the UK there are over 11 million people living with a disability. Disabilities vary greatly in their presentation and the amount of care and support needed depends on each individual. Caring for someone with a disability can be stressful. Here at Harley Street Care we provide bespoke disability care in London for individuals with various support needs.
Do you, or someone you care about, live with a disability?
An injury that has happened to the brain (or spinal cord) after birth. The causes of an ABI are numerous and may include: traumatic head injury, a stroke, or a tumour. The effects of an ABI can vary, from minor impairment of a person’s normal functionality to a more devastating disability.
An acquired brain injury can cause:
- Cognitive impairment
- Coma and reduced states of awareness
- Communication difficulties
- Emotional changes
- Physical effects
- Hormonal imbalances
- Memory problems
- Difficulty making decisions
As with all disabilities, acquired brain injuries affect people in ways that are unique to them only. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ care-package for those experiencing difficulties. With this is mind, it is important that a person leaving hospital with an ABI has a care plan put in place to specifically address their individual needs and preferences.
Sensory and Learning Disabilities
Visual impairment affects about 2 million people in the UK. Of this number, many have potentially reversible cataracts whilst others have correctable refractive errors.
Around 360,000 people in the UK are registered as blind or partially sighted. These people experience severe, or total, loss of sight which is irreversible.
- 1 in 5 people over 75 are affected by sight loss. This number rises to 1 in 2 people over the age of 90
- There is a link between sight loss and reduced wellbeing. Over one-third of older people with sight loss are also living with depression
- Two-thirds of working aged people who are registered as blind or partially sighted are not in paid employment
Being diagnosed with a visual disability can cause many different emotions; shock, grief, anxiety and a fear of what the future holds are all common.
Whether in the early days of a diagnosis or later on, there are many organisations which can provide excellent support and assistance for people experiencing any type of visual impairment.
Whilst it’s important that those who are registered as blind or partially sighted maintain their independence and autonomy, it may be that they feel that they need a little extra support to carry on living life to their full enjoyment.