Spina bifida

What is Spina bifida?

Spina bifida occurs when a fault in the development of the spinal cord and surrounding bones (vertebrae) leaves a gap or split in the spine. The spinal cord has not formed properly, and may also be damaged.

How can it affect someone?

There are several different kinds of spina bifida, with different symptoms, varying considerably in severity. Typical symptoms include:

  • Mobility symptoms – this involves weakness of paralysis in the lower limbs and means ankle supports, crutches or a wheelchair may be needed
  • Bladder and bowel symptoms – many people with spina bifida have bladder and bowel control problems resulting from nerve damage in the spinal column
  • Problems related to hydrocaphalus – this means damage resulting from too much fluid on the brain and symptoms can include short attention span, problem-solving difficulties, reading difficulties, problems with planning and difficulty following some spoken language, particularly fast conversation

What does Revitalise offer?

Drawing on over fifty years’ experience, we offer holidays for people with over 150 different disabilities, including spina bifida. Our centres are purpose-built and fully-accessible and every aspect of your holiday is tailored to your needs. The relaxed settings and newly-refurbished rooms provide the perfect place to get away from it all, but it is our friendly and expert staff and nurses that set our holidays apart: at Revitalise, you can rest assured that you will be in safe hands.

Our breaks go far beyond traditional respite, but amidst all the fun, we are committed to providing the best standards of care available. Our trained care staff are on hand at all times to support you, giving you the space to enjoy a real holiday.

If you have any queries about the care we provide, please call our friendly bookings team on 0303 303 0145 or send us an email. You are also welcome to see what we do for yourself before booking your break, so please get in touch if you would like to arrange a visit to one of our centres.

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