A case study from Tŷ Aberdafen, illustrating short-term intensive neurorehabilitation at Tŷ Aberdafen
Tom* was admitted to Tŷ Aberdafen on 12th November 2015 from a general hospital for a period of intensive neurorehabilitation. Tom had suffered a right Middle Cerebral Artery stroke in March 2015 which left him with left sided weakness, increased muscle tone (causing stiffness and spasms in his limbs), thalamic pain, hypersensitivity and perceptual impairments.
Tom was assessed by the clinical therapists at Tŷ Aberdafen and it was identified that he experienced lowered mood, fluctuating motivation and cognitive impairments, including difficulties with initiation and processing. He was disinhibited and had marked problems with mobility and balance, needing a wheelchair and unable to stand unaided. Tom also displayed a lack of insight into his brain injury or rehabilitation needs.
On admission the team at Tŷ Aberdafen assessed Tom and set rehabilitation goals which would:
Below is a summary of the outcomes and the rehabilitation delivered by the team at Tŷ Aberdafen.
*name changed to protect identity
Home visits - Tom was able to spend time at home with his family on Christmas Day to see his children open gifts.
Graded home visits carried out to problem-solve barriers to Tom achieving his goal of being able to be spend time at home and – ultimately – be discharged.