Lisa is involved in a number of clinical negligence and personal injury matters working with both adults and children, where there have been complex medical issues to consider, such as brain injury, loss of motor function, paraplegia and gastric problems.
In this work Lisa provides a family centred approach, working alongside the parents and/or carers to help develop their understand in the importance of providing nutritionally balanced food and a healthy lifestyle, using interactive activities and tools. Lisa’s food background helps ensure the food and meal suggestions and adaptations are acceptable and pleasing to the individuals as well as nutritionally balanced.
‘A current family I work alongside have a young boy with cerebal palsy, epilepsy, developmental delay, hearing impairment, challenging behaviour and is severely overweight. As the family has developed and improved their healthy habits he has seen an ongoing steady reduction in weight, alongside an increase in motor function and an increase in activity levels. It has also resulted in a reduction in weight for both the parents and older sister and improvement in the type 2 diabetes symptoms in the father’.
Through behavioural techniques the parents report feeling more confident in managing challenging behaviour around food and have adopted the learning into everyday lifestyle, such as portion sizes, reading and understanding food labels, making healthy sugar swaps and choosing appropriate snacks.
Feedback from the family:
‘Lisa has a very accessible approach – we’ve learned all about how to improve the families diet and now actually read the food labels and they make sense! The whole family has benefited and lost some weight and eat much better than we did before. We loved the food cards which really help you see how bad and unhealthy some of the foods we used to eat regularly were and Lisa explains alternative options and tips to help keep us on track.’
Feedback from Case Manager:
‘Lisa is a very dedicated and personable and manages to build a good rapour with clients which then makes the difficult conversations possible. We have had excellent feedback from clients who continue to find the information provided helpful and insightful.’
If you have any cases wherby healthy eating and healthy lifestyle habits may help support your clients I’d be interested to get involved and would love to chat further.
- Assess individuals requirements
- Provide information and support to the individual and their support network of family and carers
- Regular contact to assess development and implement changes gradually
- Meal plans and dietary advice as required
- Specific advice for diabetes, gastric complications, nutritional requirements
- Work with schools/work places to review food provision and suggest improvements where required
- Training and workshops as required for school/care homes/work places