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!