More and more people are surviving brain injury because of advances in medicine and technology. This reality is now putting pressure on the Irish healthcare system as there is a dearth in suitable neuro-rehabilitation services across the pathway from hospital to home for the person with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Read more!
Brain injury specialists Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABI Ireland) have developed and launched a concussion application for smart phones with the support of Medtronic, one of the world’s largest medical technology, services and solutions companies.
Don’t Save Me Then Leave Me. Rehabilitation is a Right, Not a Request; was the campaign message iterated by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABI Ireland) at the launch of a campaign calling on the government to invest in neuro-rehabilitation services for those living with a brain injury in Ireland.
Speaking at the launch of the campaign at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin was CEO of ABI Ireland Barbara O’ Connell; she said “More and more people are surviving brain injury due to advances in medicine and technology, 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 young age, are consigned to live in highly inappropriate settings such as nursing homes and community hospitals or at home where families don’t understand what is wrong with them, or what they can do to help. In Ireland neuro-rehabilitation services are patchy and varied across the country; it’s a lottery as to who receives what rehabilitation and whatever the outcome will be. This is having a detrimental impact on the lives of people with ABI and their families. This cannot continue”. Read more!
With the support of the people of Sligo, through a number of fundraising initiatives such as the West of Ireland Mini Marathon, cyclists on the Dublin-Sligo cycle in 2014, ABI Ireland’s annual Lough Gill cycle, Lisadell Christmas tree festival, Stephen Mullane cycling all around Ireland, as well as many individual fundraising events organised by friends and families Acquired Brain Injury Ireland can now officially open a new Neuro-rehabilitation Resource Centre for those living with a brain injury and in need of community based services. Read more!
The ABI Ireland Clubhouse in Wexford would not exist without BNY Mellon’s continued philanthropic support. Every day the passion, talent and financial contribution of their Community Partnership Programme team makes a real difference to the lives of people with an ABI, their families and the wider community in Wexford. ABI Ireland is therefore delighted that BNY Mellon has just become the Community Foundation for Ireland’s Corporate Philanthropist of the Year, 2015. Read more!
In March ABI Ireland hosted our 5th national fundraising campaign Bake for Brain Injury. Ireland’s favourite impressionist Mario Rosenstock rolled up his sleeves to launch the annual fundraising campaign which took place on Brain Awareness Week from March 9th-15th
Following a great fundraising week ABI Ireland would like to thank everyone who lent their support to Bake for Brain Injury. The money raised will go directly to maintaining and developing vital community based neuro-rehabilitation services throughout Ireland. Your individual support allows us make a difference in the life of someone living with a brain injury; helping them rebuild the life they once knew. Read more!
On February 2nd 2015 An Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially opened the first Transitional Living Neuro-Rehabilitation Centre, for people living with an acquired brain injury (ABI) in the Midlands area. The Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABI Ireland) service, which is funded by the HSE, offers people with an ABI the opportunity to avail of transitional rehabilitation following a stay in hospital before they return home to live in the community. Read more!