Brain injury is more common than you might think...
Each year as many as 1 million people attending hospital in the UK will have sustained a head injury. Of these, about 135,000 are confirmed as having a traumatic brain injury and are admitted to hospital.
Those most at risk are people in the 15-29 age group, particularly men.
Most common causes of traumatic brain injury are:
- Road traffic accidents
- Accidents during leisure pursuits or at work
The brain can also be damaged by other causes such as stroke, haemorrhage or infection.
Brain injury can cause mobility problems, sensory loss epilepsy and speech and language difficulties. There may be also be problems with thinking skills, such as memory and concentration, and changes in emotions and behaviour. The person with a brain injury may lack awareness of how they have been changed by their injury. It is very hard for families to cope with injuries like these. They may also face financial challenges resulting from loss of employment and their own caring responsibilities.
Headway Hertfordshire's services are designed to meet the needs of people affected by brain injury and their carers.
Our services include:
- Information, advice and supported access to other services,
- Self-help guides and materials to help you understand brain injury,
- Home visits- we help you identify what you need or what you want to do, help you plan how to achieve your goals and provide support along the way. This service is provided by our specialist Support Coordinators,
- Rehabilitation groups and activities, run by our Occupational Therapists,
- Volunteer-led social activities and outings,
- Support for carers and education workshops,
- Counselling for people with brain injury and/or their carers,
- Vocational skills workshops, led by our Occupational Therapists,
- Support to prepare for work, training or activities that help improve physical or emotional wellbeing and support to access work, training, volunteering or activities. These services are delivered by our highly experienced Occupational Therapists,
- Community advocacy,
- Health complaints advocacy,
- Paid Person's Representative service.
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