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Brain Injury Guidance

Brain Injury Guidance

Brain Injury Guidance

Monday, August 19, 2019

Leigh Andrews of Change Communication previously offered specialist advice on brain injuries and homelessness through a digital forum on the Frontline Network website.

****Please note, this forum is no longer active but the following blog contains information on acquired brain injury that you might find helpful to refer to.

In August 2019, the Frontline Network worked with Leigh Andrews of Change Communication, to host a regular online brain injury guidance forum. Sessions were offered weekly, to answer questions and provide specialist advice to Frontline Workers on brain injuries and homelessness.

Leigh Andrews is a Speech and Language Therapist working for ChgCommCIC, a not for profit company supporting people and organisations around brain injury, communication and homelessness.

Half of people experiencing street homelessness have a brain injury, and compared to the general population, those sleeping rough are five times more likely to be hospitalised due to head injury. And yet there is very little information in the homelessness sector about how to offer support for individuals suffering from this serious issue.

In a recent report written by Ms Andrews, it is explained how the daily cognitive tasks we undertake, from remembering to pay bills, to attending health appointments and performing basic social interactions may all be greatly compromised by a brain injury.

It is maintained that certain brain injuries may explain why some clients do not respond to de-escalation techniques which generally appeal to the cognitive abilities of empathy and reason; forget appointments and break benefit claims; and may not understand or act on information they are provided with.

If you have any further questions related to this matter, please do not hesitate to contact the Frontline Network at frontline@stmartinscharity.org.uk.


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