Family carers, staff and people living with Acquired Brain Injury celebrated a special walk on Dun Laoghaire pier to mark National Carers Week.
The walk was organised by Dun Laoghaire based Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABI Ireland) which was one of 11 national partner organisations supporting National Carers Week.
Participants walked from ABI Ireland’s Northumberland Hall Clubhouse in the Town to the East Pier to recognise the contribution of Ireland’s 360,000 family carers.
Also to mark Carers week, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council turned the lights of the Town Hall blue – the colour to symbolise carers.
DLR Cathaoirleach Cormac Devlin attended the switching on of the ‘Carers Week lights’ and commended the huge contribution of family carers. He also wished continued success to ABI Ireland which benefits thousands of people with brain injury and their families across the country.
ABI Ireland CEO Barbara O’Connell thanked all who took part in the walk, and family carers across Dun Laoghaire Rathdown for their dedication to loved ones who live with Acquired Brain Injury.
“National Carers Week is to recognise the huge contribution family carers make to all of our lives. We want to say a big Thank You to them, and ABI Ireland stand 100% behind them in the work that they do.
To mark the week, ABI Ireland held local events across the country.
It also launched a new national research report on experiences of people living with a brain injury. It is the first time that research into peoples’ lived experiences of brain injury in Ireland has been published.
The report – Getting my Life Reset – found that access to professional rehabilitation services is critical for recovery and needs to remain available in the long-term as people’s needs change.
The research also identified an excessive burden on families. While families provide essential support and care, they are not skilled and equipped to provide the rehabilitative interventions which have a major impact on people’s recovery and outcomes.
Ms. O’Connell said the report provides valuable information for policy makers and service providers on planning and improving services for people with brain injury.
To find out more, or to support ABI Ireland’s work, please go to www.abiireland.ie.
Together with ABI Ireland there are 11 national organisations who are partners in National Carers’ Week including: Family Carers Ireland, Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland, Irish Cancer Society, Disability Federation of Ireland, MS Ireland, Inclusion Ireland, Irish Hospice Foundation, St. Michael’s House, Special Needs Parents Association and Care Alliance Ireland.