At Intrust Care, we help a number of adults with Cerebral Palsy to live as independently as possible, within the comfort of their own homes.
What is Cerebral Palsy?
Cerebral Palsy is the name of a number of conditions that affect movement and coordination. Cerebral palsy is caused by brain damage, or lack of brain development before, during, or just after birth. It is usually diagnosed shortly after birth or in the early years of life.
Types of Cerebral Palsy
There are 4 types of Cerebral Palsy, with each type having different symptoms:
- Spastic cerebral palsy- causes stiff and tight muscles (worse upon quick movements), which affects movement and reduces the range of movement
- Dyskinetic cerebral palsy- muscles alternate between stiffness and floppiness, which causes uncontrolled muscle movements and spasms
- Ataxic cerebral palsy- causes balance and coordination problems, often resulting in shaky or clumsy movements and also tremors
- Mixed cerebral palsy- when symptoms are a mix of one or more types
Aside from the symptoms above, you may have:
- Problems with eating & swallowing
- Difficulties with speech & communication
- Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
- Bladder & bowel problems
- Spinal curvature
- Hips that dislocate (pop out of place) easily
- Vision or hearing problems
- Learning difficulties
Our approach to Cerebral Palsy care
Due to your symptoms, we understand that you may need some help carrying out your daily activities and routines. Before undertaking care for you or your loved one, we will carry out a thorough assessment of your needs, working with you and your family to create your personalised at home care plan.
Our fully trained carers will be able to assist you with elements of personal care, such as washing, dressing, assisting with medication and toileting- as well as mobilising around your home. Carers can offer meal preparation if required, or assist with feeds (if you have a PEG. due to swallowing difficulties). We can also help you to get out & about in the community (if your condition allows it), helping with shopping, going to the cinema or grabbing a coffee with our companionship service.
Whether you have mild cerebral palsy or severe cerebral palsy, our experienced carers will be able to help you to live in the home you love, whilst maintaining your independence.
At Intrust we believe it is important to take a team approach. This allows us to provide seamless, professional and high quality care with you and your family at the centre. We understand that with a cerebral palsy diagnosis, you will have a number of specialists and individuals involved in your care. We work alongside GP’s, District Nurses, Community Dieticians, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists to get you the support and level of care you need and deserve.
If you have any further questions about our Cerebral Palsy care services, call us on
As a quality care provider, we encourage and highly recommend that everyone has an Advance Care Plan in place.
An Advance Care Plan allows you to record your wishes and decisions in advance. This will be in relation to your care, types of medical treatment that you would wish or not wish to receive and anything else that is important to you as an individual. If you are ever in a situation where you are unable to make decisions for yourself, having an advance care plan in place will give both you and your loved ones peace of mind that your wishes will be respected, wherever possible.
To find out more about what an Advance care plan is and how to make one, please visit our understanding advance care planning & power of attorney page.