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A guide to understanding complex care

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A guide to understanding complex care

​Complex care, also called continuing care, is a form of individualised care provision that is typically provided to those suffering from long-term and/or incurable illnesses or conditions, for example neurological or developmental disabilities, chronic ongoing health conditions, and some forms of mental health conditions. You don’t have to be born with a condition for it to require complex care, often complex care is required following an accident or injury.

The process of arranging complex care starts with the individual. It’s vital to ensure that care is always focussed on the specific needs of the client on a case-by-case basis. Many care providers, Paterson Health & Social Care included, will create a personalised care plan in collaboration with the client (if possible) and their family, friends, and support network. As well as a care plan, a full clinical assessment of needs and risk assessments are carried out by our team, in order to ensure the right care is being provided by the right PHC staff member.

The goal of complex care is to empower clients to live as independently as possible, remain in their own homes, and establish a stabilising and fulfilling daily routine. Unlike support work or healthcare assistance, complex care often requires specialist training for medication administration, more complex feeding or breathing needs, and specialist mobility requirements. All of these factors inform the decision-making when arranging complex care plans.

Paterson Health & Social Care’s complex care service is provided in the client’s own home and is available to both adults and children with conditions including:

  • traumatic brain injury and acquired brain injury

  • spinal cord injury

  • cerebral palsy

  • bronchopulmonary dysplasia

  • adrenoleukodystrophy

  • autistic spectrum disorders

  • respiratory conditions including invasive and non-invasive ventilation

  • tracheostomy care

  • neurological conditions, including muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis

  • the unique care needs arising from their disability or condition

  • and many more

It can be daunting to begin the process of arranging care for someone you care about. Our knowledgeable team are on hand to ensure you take the right steps and make the right decisions for yourself or your loved one.