Helping brain injury survivors understand the crisis.
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The pandemic that is affecting the world is unprecedented. The whole of the United Kingdom has been asked by the Government to take measures to protect our own health.
We have been asked to work together to protect the most vulnerable in our community to safeguard the NHS and all front-line workers.
These guidelines impact significantly on daily life, familiar activities and daily routines that are for many people no longer possible. The information that is being shared is complex and guidance is changing daily.
For many people living with brain injury, the familiarity of consistent routines and community activities forms part of a daily structure that offers ‘scaffolding’ to promote independence and wellbeing. The evolving news stories offering detailed information and guidance can be difficult to process. Feelings of anxiety and isolation can be heightened.
The focus of occupational therapy, among other things, is to promote independence and wellbeing. As a profession, we are skilled at assisting individuals to grow, adapt and change through catastrophic life-changing illness and injury.
The COVID-19 pandemic is not unique to one person; it is a challenge for us all. However, it is important to remember that survivors of brain injury may require additional support to help them understand the impact of the virus and the actions they need to take. We hope the information below helps.
Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
J K Rowling / A Dumbledore
I believe it is better to do one thing really well - if you focus on doing one particular thing, you get particularly good at it. We are Occupational Therapists and only work with people with a neurological diagnosis. We understand the challenges faced by individuals with complex disability.
Jo Throp, Clinical Director
It is important to understand how Covid-19 affects us and to recognise the signs that tell us we don’t feel well. Covid-19 has some very specific symptoms and it is important that we seek help in the right way to protect ourself and others.
If you have visits from support workers or carers, they may have to take steps to protect their own health by using personal protective equipment (PPE). There are many people working hard to help us all overcome this crisis. These information sheets will help explain it in more detail.
Social distancing and self-isolation are phrases that are new to many of us. Staying in our home for long periods of time is not a normal part of our weekly routine. It can be unsettling and upsettingnot being able to do the things we enjoy.
The guidance that we have all been given may mean that family members and friends can’t visit in the same way or you are unable to do the things you usually enjoy.
Things will eventually return to normal but for the time being we all need to stick to the advice. Take time to talk through these detailed guides with a family member or friends, using technology to keep connected with people.
It seems humans can’t help unwittingly touching their faces, particularly the areas around the mouth, nose and eyes. But that puts us at particular risk of infecting ourselves with viruses, like Covid-19, and bacteria from the surfaces with which our hands come into contact.
Brain injury survivors and those who have related cognitive or memory impairments may need extra encouragement to break face-touching habits during the coronavirus crisis. The following pages include a list of ideas to help plan your non-face touching strategy
Remember, whilst you may feel anxious and isolated, you are not alone. There are many organisations who are there to help you.
If you are concerned regarding your health, you should ring NHS 111. For social support,you should call your local social services.