There is much research and evidence starting to emerge that the symptoms of Covid-19 are wider ranging, and the impact longer lasting, than initially thought. As we are coming out of the first wave, we are seeing more people needing rehabilitation to fully recover.

Those who need post Covid-19 rehabilitation are most often those too debilitated to care for themselves at home, even with the help of family or professional part time care support. These people will often have:

  • Severe and enduring fatigue such that normal daily activities are a challenge and draining.
  • Chronic and distressing pain such that daily activities are disturbed and complicated.
  • Weakness such that everyday functional self care tasks are impossible.
  • Low mood and loss of confidence, slowed or declined cognitive processes and worry about the future following this often devastating illness.

Supporting people through the rehabilitation process

Here at The Disabilities Trust, we are offering a post Covid-19 rehabilitation service in our selected Brain Injury centres. Available for those who require a 4-12 week period of residential community holistic rehabilitation before being discharged home following treatment for Covid-19.

Rehabilitation is a multi-disciplinary activity, where each person’s culture, medical and social history, preferences and lifestyle inform the nature and pace of their rehabilitation. Each person admitted to our brain injury services will have a rehabilitation clinical lead and keyworker who will get to know them well, supporting people through the rehabilitation process involving:

  1. Liaising with the referring hospital or other setting to ensure an effective and supported admission.
  2. Introduction and assessment to the multi-disciplinary team supported by a key worker, devising a the daily programs of therapeutic activity.
  3. Use of methods to ensure that the person’s views and feelings drive a flexible person-centred approach to assessments and treatment sessions, including their control over their rehabilitation goals and outcomes.
  4. Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology sessions delivered, as requested and appropriate, to ensure the person and their family are equipped to cope with adjustment and condition management as well as possible.

The rehabilitation will have three strands in line with clinical standards:

  • Physiotherapy and related therapies to build up core strength and stamina
  • Practice of functional daily living and self-care skills in preparation for discharge home. Including community visits and activities using infection control measures.
  • Social and psychological adjustment supported by our Clinical psychology and neuropsychology services, including treatment of trauma symptoms where necessary.

Using our substantial brain injury rehabilitation experience

Our brain injury division, traditionally delivers acquired brain injury rehabilitation using neuro rehabilitation and holistic neurobehavioural methods. We would use our existing rehabilitation pathways, enhanced by our Covid-19 fatigue and pain management, to address the brain injury and post viral symptoms.

"We are continuously learning about the effects and rehabilitation needs of people who have suffered COVID19. We will use our substantial brain injury rehabilitation experience to help COVID19 sufferers manage and recover from severe debilitating physical weakness, fatigue and slowed physical and mental abilities. Our multi-disciplinary teams use holistic methods allowing emotional, cognition and physical aspects of symptoms and suffering to be acknowledged and addressed for all assessments and treatments, rather than be viewed as separate entities. Family involvement is important to treatment, as we recognise that recovery and adjustment is something that also depends on understanding and healing for the whole family."

Sue Copstick, Clinical Director at The Trust

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