If you read Part 1, you will have learned about the timescales that can be expected for recovery and rehabilitation regarding brain injury. In this post, we will look at how to access specific rehab services as part of the fight back from brain injury.
HOW CAN I ACCESS REHAB SERVICES IF I’VE SUFFERED BRAIN INJURY?
Regardless of where you reside here in the UK, there’s probably a rehab centre nearby. These are run by both the NHS, and private companies. To find out a centre near you, take a look at the Headways site. More information can also be requested directly from Headways.
WHO IS INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS OF CHOOSING A REHAB CENTRE?
Choosing the best rehab centre is not as straightforward as choosing one from a list. Many people will need to be involved in the decision, such as family and the clinical team. Once a decision has been made, a clinician will then check to make sure that the centre is fully suited to the patient’s requirements. The fight back from brain injury can then begin.
HOW ARE PLACES FUNDED AT REHAB CENTRES?
Availability of places and funding will depend on where the patient lives in the UK. Most units accept referrals and funding from NHS patients, even private units. Funding can be sourced from different places. The patient can fund the treatment themselves if they can afford it. Alternatively, the local authority may fund treatment, or compensation money can be used.
WHICH CLINICS CAN PATIENTS ATTEND TO FIGHT BACK FROM BRAIN INJURY?
It is possible for patients to attend a clinic outside their area. However, the waiting list can be long and places limited. Contact the unit in question to find out more about their referral process, availability and funding.
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO FIND THE MOST SUITABLE CENTRE?
Once a place at a centre has been confirmed, you will need to be 100% committed to the program to ensure a full recovery. Consider looking at the services and options for several different centres to find the best one for you. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the centre staff plenty of questions. They are there to help you on the road to recovery from a brain injury.