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motor neurone disease symptoms

28 May

Motor Neurone Disease

Motor Neurone Disease is a chronic, degenerative condition which affects the nerve cells that control movement. What is Motor Neurone Disease Motor Neurones are the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that are responsible for movement control. In Motor Neurone Disease, these nerve cells become damaged, and this damage is irreversible and worsens […]

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acquired brain injury

28 Apr

Acquired Brain Injury

Brain injuries come in many forms. Some are present from birth: these can be congenital, meaning a person is born with them; inherited, meaning they are passed on from one or both parents; or can happen from complications in pregnancy, or during or around the time of birth. Acquired brain injury (ABI) is a brain […]

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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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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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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

What is SCIWORA? 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 […]

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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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spinal cord injury awareness day

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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wheelchair to floor transfer

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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Tracheostomy Care - nurse attending tracheotomy client at home

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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10 Apr

Training Workshops

Hello Everyone As you may have seen in the latest TCC newsletter; I am piloting a new program, where I will be providing skills workshops once a month at the Training Suite in Kibworth. These workshops will cover a variety of skills that are utilised across care and would be a good chance to pick up […]

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29 Mar

Easter Based Recipes!

For those of you who have received and read March’s Total Update, you will already have seen these recipes.  However as we approach the Easter Weekend I thought I would share again so that you can pick an Easter Cocktail or slice of cake, or spoil yourself and have both! Mini Egg Martini –  Creamy Easter Cocktail […]

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16 Mar

Childcare Voucher Scheme for TCC employees

One of the benefits available to our employees is a childcare voucher scheme. The scheme had been due to close to new members as of 12th March 2018, something that we told you about in latest newsletter. However we are happy to inform you that new members can now enrol in this until October 2018!  […]

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21 Dec

TCC Thank You to Staff

TCC Thankyou   It’s not always easy and not always fun And we thank you so much for being the one That continues to show how committed you are Supporting our clients near and far   We know there are days and nights, hard and long And what we ask of you can sometimes seem […]

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08 Dec

Crafty Yeo Creations

My name is Sarah and I am 32 years old, living in Cornwall with my partner Rich, two dogs and a cat. When I was 18 months old I had an accident which made me paralysed from the neck down. I have always loved creating things since I was about 5 years old, but never […]

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08 Dec

Carly’s Story

There are 50,000 people in the UK and Ireland living with paralysis due to a Spinal Cord Injury and having a spinal cord injury means so much more than not being able to walk. As well as all the physical problems we face daily, mentally for me has been one thing I’ve struggled with. I […]

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06 Dec

Ross and Ralph!

Guess who’s only gone and bought a puppy!! I’m so excited to introduce you all to Ralph! Anybody who knows me well, will know that I have talked about this moment for YEARS. Since the day I moved out and started living independently, I have dreamt of having my own puppy. I’m completely in love/obsessed […]

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01 Dec

Luke’s London Trip

In August 2017, I was lucky enough to go on a trip to London to catch a couple of sessions of the London 2017 World Athletics Championships at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park (the 2012 Olympic stadium). It was absolutely fantastic. To see Mo Farah run in possibly one of his last stadium races was […]

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24 Nov

Mascip 2017

Thank you to everyone who hosted and presented at Mascip today. Here is a reluctant picture of us in attendance! We each have picked our own highlights from the day; Chris – Presentation of Spinal Cord Injury Exercise Guidelines was interesting Maureen – enjoyed the personal stories which formed a number of the presentations and […]

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10 Sep

Geekfest 3.0 Cornwall July.

  Geekfest is an annual celebration of science fiction/fantasy films, TV and comics. The idea started in America in the sixties. Now it’s big business. The major film studios use these events to promote their latest ‘genre’ offerings. Comicon is the most famous. Actors, technicians, authors etc. attend to sign books and photos and to […]

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23 Jun

Maureen’s Race for Life Success!

I did the race for life on the 3rd of June, as a member of the three degrees team. Alas we were one degree under due to illness. It was a glorious sunny day, thank goodness! The view a sea of pink against the backdrop of Windsor racecourse., including the pooches The usual motivational warm […]

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08 May

Cycle Challenge Update!

The annual SIA Bike Ride has approached quicker than some (ahem…. the participants) may have imagined! Chris and Reg will be setting off for Romania at the end of this week. The challenge will see them complete over 200 miles across 3 days. If you would like to donate, and are in a position to […]

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31 Mar

Calvert Trust Review

Calvert Trust Review When I was asked to write a review on my recent trip to The Calvert Trust, I didn’t even have to think twice. I had the most incredible adventure weekend – and I am more than happy to share my story and recommend this awesome place. The Calvert Trust is a charity-driven […]

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29 Mar

Sharing Some Sad News

I am writing this post with great sadness. I introduced Martin Payne earlier this month and shared his first blog post with you all. (which incidentally had the most interaction on the Facebook page to date, a topic that he and I joked about together, and I know he was pleased at the welcome he received […]

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17 Mar

Welcome to Martin –

    Hi my name is Martin Payne. Before telling you a bit about myself, I would like to introduce myself as associate blogger working alongside Michelle. A bit about myself I grew up in quiet a big family. I have two sisters, I was the middle child always up to no good they used to […]

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16 Mar

Cycle Challenge 2017

Following their fantastic success last year our cycling trio — Reg, Julie T and Chris — have signed up to participate in this year’s Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) cycle challenge in May. This year’s challenge is a “ride through the mythical land of Dracula” where the riders will discover the real Transylvania; a medieval landscape […]

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22 Dec

Thoughts of 2016

Thoughts of 2016 It has been another busy and eventful year for TCC. We continue to grow and develop, and enter 2017 excited that our services will reach an increasing number of people. This obviously brings challenges as we have always considered ourselves to be a “family” based organisation, but we are confident that we […]

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