Chrissy Stevens has now joined the team as an Occupational Therapist within the Headway Centre, assisting Members to maximise recovery following brain injury, no matter how many years it has been since the initial injury. Chrissy explains
“Rehabilitation, including occupational therapy, has been shown to help people make a better recovery following brain injury and have a positive effect on their quality of life. Difficulties with mobility and movement of the limbs, memory problems, a reduced attention span, fatigue and emotional adjustment are just some of the problems that can affect a brain injury survivor’s ability to get on with everyday life.
Occupational Therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through meaningful activity. My main aim, as an OT, is to enable members to participate in activities of everyday life within their capabilities and consequently improve their quality of life.
Assessment -An initial assessment is needed to look at how an injury has affected the person’s ability to carry out daily living activities and to find out what they would like to, or need to achieve, within their strengths and weaknesses in both thinking skills (cognitive skills) and physical skills.
Goal Setting -I will discuss with the individual member realistic, meaningful and achievable goals to try and help overcome the difficulties caused by the brain injury. It is extremely important that the individual is fully involved in this process; studies show that people who are active participants in goal setting are more successful in achieving goals than those who just let their therapist set goals. Family and carer involvement are also important in the planning of rehabilitation and should be included whenever this is possible.
Treatment plan– This will include therapeutic activities to work on goals and will take place over an agreed number of weeks, for example, 6 – 8 weeks. At the end of this block of treatment we will re-assess progress and goals. If goals have been achieved, then we will discontinue therapy for the time being but if further rehabilitation is still needed to progress towards achievable goals then we will work together on subsequent blocks of treatment.
If you do not attend the centre regularly but would like to talk to me please contact me on telephone number 505937, or e-mail me at [email protected].”