Hydrocephalus

Our Care Approach

The condition “hydrocephalus” comes from the Greek words meaning water (“hydro”) and head (“cephalus”) and is characterized by an excess of liquid in the brain. This liquid is called cerebrospinal fluid. It normally flows through the brain, however, those with hydrocephalus have an excessive amount that can accumulate in larger spaces and put pressure on the brain tissue.

Hydrocephalus can either be present at birth, acquired at birth, or acquired sometime after birth due to injury or disease. Currently, there are one million Americans currently living with hydrocephalus and it’s estimated that one in every 500 infants is born with it.

How We Can Help

At New Generations, each of our Gary’s Gang staff members is trained to understand a variety of special needs, including hydrocephalus. With the knowledge they have, our caregivers can make your loved one feel comfortable on a daily basis and assist them as needed.

Cognitive Issues

Individuals with hydrocephalus can sometimes have cognitive issues due to the fluid pressure on their brain. Often times, these issues refer to things like:

  • Attention impairment
  • Memory impairment
  • Visual issues
  • Coordination problems
  • Noise sensitivity

Our Gary’s Gang member can help those with hydrocephalus by developing physical and mental exercises that focus on cognition and its improvement.

Communication

Many people affected by hydrocephalus have difficulty with speech, language, or verbal fluency. In addition, they may simply have trouble opening up to and having conversations with others. Our caregivers can work with your loved one to improve their physical and mental communication skills.

Love

At New Generations, we’re all about love, and the place it shows most is in Gary’s Gang. From our staff members to our hydrocephalic individuals, we’ve created a community that is caring, accepting, loving, and warm. We pay close attention to our members and offer one-on-one care when it’s needed, but mostly, we love to have fun and enjoy life.

Affiliations

Alzheimer's Association Autism Speaks Club Horizons NADSA Miracle League