What is a neurological condition and neurological care?

This page explains what a neurological condition is, what type of neurological care and support Sue Ryder provides, and who provides it.

What is a neurological condition?

A neurological condition is one that affects someone’s brain or nervous system. They can affect movement, communication, behaviour and mental health.

Anyone can get a neurological condition at any time. Some, like cerebral palsy, are present from birth. Others, such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease and Parkinson's disease, can develop at any stage in life. Some can be caused by injury, like a head injury or stroke, or illness, for example tumours of the brain and spine.

Many neurological conditions are life-changing because they cause long-term disability and can severely affect people’s ability to live independently. Some conditions improve over time with the right care and rehabilitation, and others may get worse until the person dies.

What is neurological care?

Neurological care is the specialist care and support given to people with a condition that affects their brain or nervous system. It focuses on health, wellbeing and supporting people to live their lives as fully as possible.

People with neurological conditions often have complex needs as their condition can affect their movement, communication, behaviour and mental health.

Neurological care can include long-term residential care, day, community and homecare, respite and rehabilitation services depending on people’s needs and choices. It can be provided by different professionals including nurses, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists and healthcare assistants.

By offering the right care and rehabilitation, neurological care can support people with a brain injury to regain their skills and independence.

For people with a neurological condition that may get worse over time, neurological care can help with everything from easing physical symptoms, to coming to terms with their feelings and providing highly-skilled residential care including end of life care when the time comes.

What type of neurological care and support does Sue Ryder provide?

Residential services

Our neurological care centres provide residential care for people with complex neurological conditions, supporting people through rehabilitation and providing end of life care in their final days. We offer specialist physiotherapy, occupational therapy and psychological support, as well as social and recreational activities that enhance wellbeing.

Our care is tailored to each individual’s needs and aspirations. Our expert teams include registered nurses and mental health nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, and healthcare assistants, who are specialists in supporting the physical, communicative, cognitive, behavioural and psychological needs of people with neurological conditions.

We work closely with other healthcare professionals who specialise in treating the symptoms of neurological conditions, including community nurses, consultant neurologists, dietitians, palliative care teams and pain clinics. We also work with podiatrists, opticians and dentists.

We do whatever we can to support people to live life to the full. All our specialist neurological care centres have a programme of activities, developed together with residents and suitable for their needs.

We take the time to understand what’s important to people, and work with each of our residents to develop an individual programme of therapeutic and social activities as part of their care plan – whether that’s music therapy or an outing to the shops. And family and friends are always welcome – they are very much part of the sociable, positive and expert community of care we create together.

Find a neurological care centre near you.

Day services

Our day services can help support people’s independence, skills and self-confidence in living with or recovering from a neurological condition.

Our specialist day services support people aged 18 and over with neurological conditions. Our expert staff work with each individual to understand their needs and create a personalised support plan. This includes therapeutic and social activities that provide emotional, social and spiritual support, whilst promoting people’s independence and self-confidence.

Coming in for the day can give someone a chance to take part in a fun and stimulating activity, and meet others who understand the experiences they are going through.

Find a local day service near you by visiting our centre information.

Supported living

We support people with neurological conditions who have complex needs and require a high level of support in their own home so that they can live as independently as possible.

For some people, our supported living is a step down from having been through a rehabilitation programme in one of our specialist neurological care centres, while for others the support we provide offers a realistic alternative to moving into a care home.

Whatever an individual's needs, our services are tailored to each person, from a few hours support a week enabling them to live alone in a rented flat, to round-the-clock support to live in a home they own.

We currently have supported living apartments in Suffolk and Aberdeenshire. 

Find out about our supported living services in connection with Sue Ryder The Chantry Neurological Centre in Suffolk and Sue Ryder Dee View Court Neurological Centre in Aberdeenshire.

We also often work with social landlords to provide a package of care that supports people to live as independently as possible in the place of their choice.

Who provides the specialist neurological care and support at Sue Ryder?

We understand the fear and worry that can come with a neurological condition, and we aim for everyone whose life we touch to feel safe and in control, and to be as well as they can. All of our care and support is provided by Sue Ryder healthcare professionals who are experts in neurological care.

Our teams include nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, and healthcare assistants. We can help with everything from easing physical symptoms, to coming to terms with feelings.

Our healthcare teams are privileged to be there for you when it matters to give you the care and support you need. By focusing on health, wellbeing, and what each person can do, not what they can’t, we support people to live their lives as fully as possible.

Our staff have training and expertise in the specialist skills that are needed to promote people’s health and wellbeing, from supporting someone to maintain their mobility or independence, to providing specialist tracheotomy care to help them breathe.

They help with activities of daily living and personal care such as washing, dressing and going to the toilet. And they work closely with the other health professionals on the team to maximise people’s independence – whether that means enabling someone to manage their own medication or supporting them to develop the skills they need to live independently.

Sue Ryder staff never forget that everyone we care for is unique, and they go the extra mile to work with people and their families to understand their needs and aspirations. Sometimes it’s as simple as helping someone with their make-up, at other times it’s as important as helping someone attend their daughter’s wedding.

Our nurses are there when it matters to give each person the individual care and support they need to live their life to the fullest.

Care and support near you

Find out what neurological care and support is available near you.