Investment in community rehabilitation would free up hospital beds. Community based rehabilitation services are urgently needed for people with brain injury and their carers – and to reduce hospital waiting lists – a health conference has been told today. Speaking at a national conference for carers, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland CEO Barbara O’Connell said Irish neuro-rehabilitation services are under-developed and under-funded – which contributes to the unacceptable waiting times for hospital beds. “A part of the ongoing hospital waiting list problem is that some people with an acquired brain injury, who need neuro-rehabilitation, remain in hospital beds for long periods as there are no appropriate step-down services for them. “We need dedicated regional neuro-rehabilitation services, together with specialist community supports, so that people can transition in a timely manner to proper care in the community. Only a very small minority of people with a brain injury receive rehabilitation. Most either enter a nursing home which is not equipped to meet their needs, or are cared for at home by families who have no expertise, information or support.” “Ireland has the lowest number of Consultants in rehabilitation medicine anywhere in Europe with an estimated 13,000 people acquiring a brain injury each […]
Conference offers brain injury carers opportunity to learn and to be pampered Family carers who care for a loved one with acquired brain injury are being encouraged to attend a national ‘carers conference’ next week in Croke Park. The conference Building Resilience: Valuing myself as a carer takes place next Wednesday (February 15th) and aims to provide family carers with greater levels of practical knowledge and understanding of brain injury. Organised by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, there will be expert speakers and workshops on legal issues, minding yourself, managing stress and memory challenges. The conference will be addressed by the Minister for Health Simon Harris and facilitated by broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan. A Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Eddie Murphy, psychologist with RTE’s Operation Transformation. Important issues for carers, the challenges they face and what actions government needs to take will be set out by the CEO of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, Barbara O’Connell. During the day practical and helpful workshops for carers will be run including: • What you need to know about legal issues, Solicitor Ann McGarry • What you need to know about minding yourself and managing stress, Dr, Caroline McGrath and Teresa O’Boyle, ABI Ireland […]
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland is calling on the Government to introduce a dedicated programme of investment in services for people with acquired brain injuries, and to urgently action and honour the commitments in their own Neuro-rehabilitation Strategy. The Neuro-rehabilitation strategy 2011-2015 outlines the roadmap needed from acute hospital stage to community rehabilitation and recovery. This strategy has not yet been implemented. The current Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) pathway is extremely fragmented with extensive limitations due to the lack of neuro-rehabilitation services available. Addressing the gaps in services and the lack of a seamless pathway is essential for any reform within the health service. The lack of a neuro-rehabilitation pathway means that people who despite surviving the major trauma of a brain injury, end up living in inappropriate settings such as nursing homes, community hospitals and at home where families are unable to cope. Acquired Brain Injury Ireland CEO Barbara O’ Connell said “More and more people are surviving brain injury but due to the lack of suitable services at the different stages these people are very often only left to exist. Those living with ABI and their families are forced to live on margins of our society. Many, despite their […]
Early interventions play a key role in brain injury rehabilitation as it increases the chances of success in an individual’s recovery. A dedicated neuro-rehabilitation pathway is needed to provide the most efficient rehabilitation to those who acquire a brain injury. ABI Ireland’s community rehabilitation provides rehabilitation in the home for those who cannot get a bed in the NRH, or who have been discharged from hospital. An increase in community rehabilitation would reduce the demand for hospital beds and surge the success of rehabilitation, following early intervention. The Neuro-rehabilitation strategy 2011-2015 outlines the roadmap needed from acute hospital stage to community rehabilitation and recovery. This strategy has not yet been implemented. ABI Ireland is calling on the government to introduce a dedicated programme of investment for people with acquired brain injuries and urgent implementation of the Neuro-rehabilitation Strategy.
10 Years of Empty Promises as Successive Governments Fail to Invest in Rehabilitation Services Mansion House, Dublin: Organisations representing people with neurological organisations are calling on the new Government to tackle the critical lack of rehabilitation services in Ireland. The Neurological Alliance of Ireland (NAI), the national umbrella for neurological not for profit organisations, has teamed up with fifteen of its member groups representing conditions such as stroke, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease to launch a nationwide campaign entitled “We Need Our Heads Examined”. The campaign is calling on the government to take action and prioritise the urgent need for neuro-rehabilitation services, for the 25,000 people each year who need them. Speaking at the launch of the campaign was Professor Mark Delargy, Clinical Director at the National Rehabilitation Hospital, he said “Rehabilitation services in Ireland are completely underdeveloped, not everyone who needs to can access vital specialist rehabilitation in a hospital setting, and when they are discharged they often receive little or no additional supports in the community. For many there is no other option than to be inappropriately placed in a nursing home with little chance of gaining any independence”. Ten years of empty promises […]