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22 Jan

Can Spinal Cord Injuries Affect the Brain?

Spinal cord injuries (SCI) classically affect function – movement, control and sensation – of all parts of the body which use the nerves at and below the level of injury. This means that, although the brain’s communication with some parts of the body may be permanently and partially or completely obstructed, there is not necessarily […]

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11 Jan

An Association for All: TCC becomes the Spinal Injuries Association first Trusted Care Partner

Total Community Care (TCC) is delighted to announce that it has joined the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) network of partners, as their first Trusted Care Partner. SIA is an organisation that we know very well, having worked together for many years. This new partnership is another vital step towards the achievement of SIA’s aim to […]

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24 Dec

Huntington’s Disease

Huntington’s Disease, sometimes called Huntington’s Chorea or just Huntington’s, is a genetic disorder which affects the brain. The name ‘Huntington’s Chorea’ describes the kind of involuntary fidgety movements people with Huntington’s disease experience. Huntington’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease, which means that it causes gradual degradation to the nerve processes of the brain. Huntington’s causes […]

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02 Dec

Ironing out the cancer nursing challenges during Covid-19 webinar

Yesterday (December 1st) I attended a webinar about the cancer nursing challenges during Covid -19. It was very informative.  It was interesting to hear about staff too scared to come to work, even experienced staff, due to the Covid-19. And to think, the Royal Marsden hospital did not have enough PPE supplies.  The ever-changing rules […]

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20 Nov

How Spinal Cord Injuries Affect Your Health

The scope of impact a spinal cord injury (SCI) has on the body can be incredibly widespread and varied, affecting almost all of the functions and processes of the body below the level of the injury. The physical effects and the events leading to the SCI can also have a significant psychosocial impact on both […]

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04 Nov

What is Autonomic Dysreflexia?

Autonomic dysreflexia[i] (AD) is also known as autonomic hyperreflexia. It describes a situation where the body exhibits an exaggerated reflex response to a problem or stimulus. A person with a high spinal cord injury is likely to be unable to consciously sense and respond to a damaging or irritating stimulus. The body’s unconscious systems – […]

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30 Sep

What Is Complex Care?

The term ‘complex care’ encompasses a range of needs requiring ongoing essential specialist support. In the past, people with complex needs were confined to formal care settings and their care was highly medicalised. People with complex needs have one or more conditions which mean they are dependent on specially trained carers.  ‘Complex’ means they may […]

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Dedicated Care Manager for each package of care

09 Sep

Dedicated Care Manager for each package of care

Do you manage a care package that is taking up a huge amount of your time?  Total Community Care can help you with this.  Included in our costings is a dedicated Care Manager for each individual care package. This means you have one simple and easy point of contact who can help deal with any […]

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Man in wheelchair

09 Sep

How the care package is sustained in the event of carer sickness

Our care teams and rotas are set up to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Contingency planning is in place from the outset, with sufficient staff being recruited to ensure the care provision is robust and sustainable regardless of circumstances such as sickness and annual leave. The aim of this individualised approach with robust sickness policy and […]

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09 Sep

Specialist training from a dedicated Clinical Nurse

Total Community Care’s (TCC) training is delivered by a clinical nurse with appropriate experience in the client’s diagnosis and health care needs. All support worker staff complete key competency training specifically related to meeting the client’s needs. This is underpinned by clinical supervision and observation of care delivery. Specialist trainers are also employed by TCC. […]

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Happy young ALS patient with his mum

09 Sep

Specialist neurological care and support in times of a pandemic

In less than six months the world has changed in so many ways with the arrival of Covid-19. I wonder whether in future we will talk of life pre and post virus times? One thing that is absolutely certain is care and support have had to change to reflect these times. Many clients went into […]

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02 Sep

Managing Complex Care Needs at Home

Complex care can encompass all or any of a range of support services, including physical, social, and emotional support with normal daily activities. These kinds of medical and social needs can arise due to traumatic injury, degenerative illness, or congenital conditions – some people’s care needs can also fluctuate with time and aren’t always predictable. […]

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30 Jul

Spinal Injury without Radiographic Abnormalities

Sometimes, traditional imaging with x-ray or CT scan does not find a clear physical cause for the spinal cord injury symptoms the patient is experiencing – no injuries to the vertebrae or other obvious physical damage around the spine. This is known as ‘spinal injury without radiographic abnormalities’, or ‘SCIWORA’. Sometimes the terms ‘neuroimaging’ or […]

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24 Jun

Living with a Spinal Cord Injury: Common Questions

The effects of a spinal cord injury (SCI) can last a lifetime and vary hugely from one person to another and between injuries. The impact an SCI has on a person’s life and health depends on the extent of the damage and the area of the spine affected. An SCI can have a spectrum of […]

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03 Jun

What are the differences between complete and incomplete spinal cord injuries?

No two spinal cord injuries are exactly alike. The amount of feeling and function a person retains after a spinal cord injury (SCI) depends on the nature and extent of the injury. The spinal cord is a bundle of nerves extending from the brain down the backbone. Pairs of nerves branch off from the spinal […]

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15 May

Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Day

I was an extremely busy teacher for many years, and had an active social life, including going to the gym, dancing, seeing friends, and completely taking my life for granted. In the blink of an eye my life changed forever in March 2008! My husband and I had been travelling back from Cornwall , after […]

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28 Feb

Corona Virus – COVID-19

There is quite rightly a national and indeed global concern relating to the potential impact of Corona Virus.  The situation is fast changing but I thought it might be useful to make the governmental advice as of 27th February. Inevitably there has been a great deal of misinformation. The most frequent question I have received […]

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02 Jan

Sarah’s New Year Blog

Happy New Year everybody! So I am getting married this May (sounds scary saying that)! So I thought I would write a bit about my experience with relationships and how I felt about relationships, being paralysed since I was 18 months old, my struggles, and how I feel now. Growing up paralysed from the neck […]

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18 Nov

Moving and Handling Update

Maureen Harriott, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and I attended a moving and handling update last week. The day gave us opportunities to meet other attendees from differing work areas, gain an update/review of legislation, and share experiences of challenges for our clients, patients or service users. In addition, relooking at cost saving in relation to equipment […]

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01 Nov

Happy Birthday TCC!

Today marks our 13th Birthday! 🎉🎂 We would like to say a big thank you to all who have contributed to TCC over the past 13 years, and we hope you will continue to be part of the TCC story. Happy Birthday Everyone! Chris, Reg and Debbie – TCC Directors

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25 Jul

Tracheostomy Course

Two day Tracheostomy Course at Northwick Park Hospital attended by Eileen Lynn and Claudine Needham, Trainers at TCC. We travelled to Northwick Park Hospital to take part in the MDT Tracheostomy study days, the first day covering the fundamentals of Tracheostomy care, and the second day Advanced Skills for Tracheostomy care. The course directors were […]

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24 Jul

A day at the seaside with Colin!

During a recent visit to see Colin I accompanied him, his wife (Margy) and team members Chrissy and Katie to Redcar. It was a beautiful day and a walk along the sea front was just what the doctor ordered. Colin chatted to passers-by and loved seeing the dogs on the beach, so much so that […]

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24 Jul

Outstanding Care Forum -10th July 2019 – Callywith College

On Wednesday 10th July myself and Julie Tailor (Operations Manager for the South) attended the Outstanding Care Forum event at Callywith College. Despite a few navigational issues on the way, we arrived in plenty of time to enjoy a coffee and biscuit in the café area, before being asked to go through to the lecture […]

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18 Jul

Jenny’s Journey

Thank you very much to Jenny, a TCC client, who came to our Planning Meeting on 17th July 2019 to tell us her journey. Jenny told her story right from 9 years ago when she had a life changing and devastating Road Traffic Accident which resulted in an ABI (Acquired Brain Injury), through to the […]

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17 May

Presentation of Innovative Mattress System by Medstrom Healthcare

Thank you very much to Debbie Newcombe of Medstrom Healthcare who came to our management meeting today to talk about, and demonstrate, their innovative alternative to air mattress systems; Dolphin Therapy. We all really enjoyed the presentation (and watching volunteers trial it! ) Dolphin Therapy is a reactive therapy mattress system which provides optimum pressure relief with increased […]

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10 Mar

Our Pregnancy News!

Our Pregnancy News I’ve been living with a Spinal Cord Injury for almost 8 years. At the start of my journey I only had one soul focus and that was to keep fighting to achieve my goal of walking again. I had little knowledge of what a SCI entailed, it was only when I started […]

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14 Feb

Information and Advice for Air Travel

Thank you very much to Tina, who moved on to pastures new last year, but sent this in for me to share with you all after seeing it on TV in January.  It could certainly be of interest to some of you, especially on the back of a lot of negative articles relating to air […]

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10 Dec

The Joy and Pain of Exercising

As I endeavour to improve my health and fitness I thought I would share my journey with you all, and on the way maybe encourage a few of you to join in on this new quest of mine to get healthy and live a better life. As a certain age approaches, an age that I […]

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30 Nov

MASCIP Conference

MASCIP Conference The 20th MASCIP conference – Below the Belt: Issues of Bladder, bowel and sexual function took place on Thursday November 22nd at Loughborough University. As always TCC representation was high with Maureen, Sophia and Claudine all attending as delegates. Sophia and Claudine are pictured below! As a committee member I was tasked with […]

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04 Jul

The end of DoLs?

Earlier this week the government has taken the first steps to overhaul the controversial Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) with a revised scheme called the Liberty Protection Safeguards. Central to this is still the basic rights that individuals have including that of their liberty. The revised system intends to be simpler and cover all care […]

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19 Jun

Participants Required for UTI Research Study

TCC are proud sponsors of SMSR and we have closely followed their research projects. Ali Gibson who TCC co – sponsor has shared the information below (you can also find it yourself on SMSR Twitter feed @lifeafterpara The project on reducing frequency of and/or treating UTIs is of particular interest given the impact of UTI’s […]

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18 Jun

Continuing Health Care (CHC) Funding

For many of TCC’s clients Continuing Health Care (CHC) funding is a key component in paying for specialist services enabling them to live at home.  There is a worrying climate in which the NHS has set a target of a 25% reduction in CHC funding over the next three years.  In real terms that equates […]

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13 Jun

Joined up Thinking by Health and Social Care Bodies

As Trump and Jong – Un have some face to face dialogue after a period of many years I started to think; Wouldn’t it be great if the leaders of both health and social care bodies had positive talks also? So many individuals with complex needs, including clients of TCC, just want those needs met. […]

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08 Jun

Neuro Convention 2018

TCC exhibited alongside Stoke Mandeville Spinal Research at Neuro Convention 2018 this week at London Excel. The Show is Europe’s only Brain and Spine Trade Show, and features over 150 exhibitors alongside keynote speakers, seminars and live demonstrations. The show is split into four zones; Diagnostic Surgical Brain Stimulation Rehabilitation I took some time out from […]

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22 May

Employee Referral Scheme Bonus Period – Earn £500!

Calling all current employees! We are increasing the employee referral payment to £500 per referral for a bonus period! (usually £200) Any referrals received between 22nd May and 31st July will qualify for the bonus payment amount. All you need to do is ask your friend/colleague to call or email the office to request an […]

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12 May

Nurses Day – 12th May

Happy Nurses Day to our fabulous TCC Nurses, thank you for all that you do 😊👏 And also a big shout out to all Nurses around the country and across the world, today we celebrate you all! #NursesDay

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