Multi-disciplinary team of clinicians who assess the needs of a person living with an ABI by facilitating their needs and recommending a rehabilitation programme
The experienced neuro-rehabilitation team is responsible for assessing the individual needs of a person with an ABI in an effort to develop an Individual Rehabilitation Plan (IRP) to facilitate your brain injury recovery and help you live as independent a life as possible.
The team can include a number of different clinicians to suit the specific needs of your programme. Some of these include Occupational Therapists, Clinical Psychologists and Social Workers, your Case Manager, the Local Services Manager, Rehabilitation Assistants, your family member or carer and any other allied healthcare professionals who are helping you along your road to recovery. The team will also arrange other services that you might need such as speech and language therapy, physiotherapy.
Your team could include the following
- Family Member/Carer
- Local Services Manager
- Case Manager
- Rehabilitation Assistant – Key Worker
- Clinical Team Members
The role of each team member
The Local Services Manager (LSM)
The Local Services Manager takes the lead in making sure you get the services you need, linking in with your family and the wider community. LSMs support individuals with acquired brain injuries to live valued lives in their communities by ensuring your Individual Rehabilitation Plan (IRP) is followed in such a way that facilitates the achievement of your goals.
The LSM manages Assisted Living residences and/or co-ordinates Home and Community services in his or her area. The LSM manage a team of Rehabilitation Assistants whose role it is to facilitate and assist independence and activity participation within your own home or work environment and in the community.
The Case Manager
The ABI Case Manager is a professional who serves as the main point of contact for you and your family, ideally from very early on after the injury. The Case Manager seeks out and coordinates appropriate resources for you, monitor your progress and communicate with you, your family and other professionals working with you. Your Case Manager will identify local sources of help and support for you and your carer if needed. They will also help you structure your time and live as independently as possible in your own community.
Rehabilitation Assistants are important members of the neuro-rehabilitation team. They are not carers or personal assistants but highly trained brain injury specialists who provide support and assistance to you in becoming more independent. Their work is influenced by the recommendations that form your Individual Rehabilitation Plan where you have outlined your goals and objectives
They adjust how much support they give you as your needs change. As you become more empowered, enabled and independent, for example, the Rehabilitation Assistant’s involvement decreases.
Clinical Team Members
Carry out detailed psychological assessments to advice on how to best manage your difficulties due to any cognitive deficits. They provide a psychotherapy input to help with the emotional impact you might be experiencing as a result of your injury. They facilitate personal, family and social support while also advising on your long term rehabilitation.
The Social Worker or Family Support Worker
Provides support both to you and your family as you both struggle to cope with the effects of brain injury on your lives. This support can take many forms, including counselling, teaching coping skills, exploring the challenges of acquired brain injury, dealing with grief or loss, workshops on relationships and sexuality, advocacy, family law and legal support.
The Occupational Therapist (OT)
An Occupational Therapist will evaluate your upper-body functioning, mobility and cognitive (thinking) ability along with your eye-hand coordination for activities of daily living. From this assessment they will assist in the development of your rehabilitation programme including exercises, self-care activities, cognitive training and education and any other recommendations needed to assist you to live independently.
Speech and Language Therapist (SLT)
If you have speech, language and cognitive difficulties after your brain injury a Speech and Language Therapist will assist you to regain your communication skills that may be lost as a result of your injury.
The Physiotherapist helps you improve your range of movement by working on your muscle strength, muscle tone, posture, coordination, endurance and general mobility with the aim of giving you as much independence as possible.