Other Neurological Conditions
Signs and Symptoms
Neurological conditions affect the central nervous system. They may occur due to injury, infection or illness to the brain, spinal cord, nerves, neuro-muscular junctions or muscles. The effects may be acute, chronic, remissive or degenerative. There are over 600 recognised conditions, some common examples include;
Cerebrovascular Diseases - occur when the cerebral blood vessels are affected by loss of blood flow or bleeding, causing damage. Examples include strokes, migranes or aneurysms.
Dementia - is a degenerative condition that results in loss of cognitive ability and memory. Alzheimer’s is most the common form of this condition.
For additional resources and support, visit Dementia Australia
Parkinson's - results from damage to the nervous system and the cells that produce dopamine. This causes loss of muscular control, resulting in tremors, stiffness, slow movement and balance issues.
For additional resources and support, visit Parkinson's Australia
Neuroinfections - affect the brain, spinal cord, muscles and nerves, resulting in impaired mobilty and cognition.
Epilepsy - causes unprovoked, recurrent seizures due to a sudden rush of electrical activity in the brain.
For additional resources and support, visit Epilepsy Australia
Affect on Daily Life at Work
» Each person’s sysmptoms will be unique and dependant on the location and severity of the damage
» Difficulty concentrating and with recalling memory
» Difficulty with speech, mobilty and coordination
» Muscular spasms or pain causing frustration, fatigue and affecting ability to perform regular tasks
» Symptoms may affect mental health and mood, consequently impacting relationships in the workplace
» Maintain supportive, open communication so you understand their condition and the symptoms they experience
» Conduct a workplace assessment to determine
if they need assistive technology or modifications
» Offer flexible working conditions and additional breaks to accomodate for fluctuations in the condition.
» Ensure you understand the side-effects of any medication
» Be aware of emergency contact details and when they should be used.
Dementia is the second leading cause of death of Australians
Australian Bureau of Statistics
When Jake first joined Castle DES, he struggled to find motivation to get out of bed or interact with people. After working with his case manager, he commenced work experience at Dominos.
Jake was supported initially for 2 weeks and then was given independence in the roll for 8 weeks. Jake was flourishing, taking pride in his appearance and his role in the workplace. Since this work experience position was so successful, Jake was placed into employment and assisted with onsite support.
Jake has just recently passed his 26 weeks of employment and has received feedback from his employer that if he obtains his license, they would consider him for a position in the Management Team.