When a child or young person experiences a catastrophic injury, the impact on both the child and their family can be devastating. Whether the injury occurs at birth, as a result of clinical negligence at another time, or due to a road traffic injury or other accident, all aspects of the child or young person’s life can be affected.
We have a team of over 50 Case Managers who specialise in working with children and young people and they are acutely aware of the huge impact such an injury can have on a child’s parents or carers and siblings as well as the young person themselves. They have in-depth knowledge of services, both statutory and independent to help support the individual needs of the child or young person and their families.
Their detailed knowledge of child development enables our paediatric Case Managers to support their young clients as they grow, mature and develop, enabling them to navigate the transition from child to adult and to address their changing needs and wishes along the way.
The teenage years can be a difficult time for young people and with the added complexity of a serious head or spinal injury, this can be challenging for the whole family. Goals and aspirations change, and young clients often want greater independence. Parents or carers may also want support in maintaining a close relationship with the young person whilst respecting their wish to push boundaries and find their own way as an adult.
Our Case Managers recognise and are always mindful of this and can draw on their knowledge and experience to guide the family through these changes successfully together.
Recolo has been providing community-based neurorehabilitation to children and young people affected by brain injury, and their families, since 2007.
ILS are one of our top three referrers, providing thoughtful, caring and well-rounded case management. As is often the case with brain injury, managing the everyday can be a complex challenge and our experience of working alongside our case manager colleagues at ILS, is to see a calm, methodical and well-supported way of doing so, that really is in the very best interests of the client.”
Lois Shafik-Hooper, COO at Recolo