The project, which is funded through a grant from Comic Relief, was born out of a response to the challenges posed by Covid-19 and the innovative actions taken by our organisation to continue its services during the pandemic. In March 2020, we launched new tele-rehabilitation services to ensure that the 1,200 brain injury survivors in its services nationwide continued to receive vital neuro-rehabilitative and clinical support.
Research carried out by Acquired Brain Injury Ireland in February 2021 has provided evidence of the efficacy of these new services. The research reveals:
- Three-quarters of clients experienced benefits from using technology for rehabilitation during the pandemic
- Almost two-thirds found it easy to make the switch from in-person rehabilitation to rehabilitation online
- Two-thirds expressed the wish to continue to use technology as part of their rehabilitation into the future
- Technology offered clients a safe, continuous route to rehabilitation during the pandemic, with two-thirds citing the advantage of being able to access services without needing to travel beyond their home
By adding video conferencing technology and other digital media apps to its service, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland has provided a lifeline to hundreds of individuals and their families since March 2020. Remote and online rehabilitation solutions have enabled them to connect with one another and the 300+ staff working with the organisation, while also maintaining compliance with public health measures.
‘Rehabilitation Anywhere’ will build on and develop this new aspect of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland’s service in a strategic and focused way. In addition to creating greater flexibility and new resources for individuals currently connected with the organisation, the project will open up the door for more brain injury survivors throughout Ireland to access information and engage with Acquired Brain Injury Ireland online. Planning for rollout of the project is underway, with more details about how to access the service to be announced in the coming months.