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Individual Rehabilitation Plan (IRP)

A set of identified goals which provides the core focus of activity for you and your neuro-rehabilitation team

At the heart of ABI Ireland’s service is the Individual Rehabilitation Plan (IRP)

Neuro-rehabilitation is a problem-solving process in which the person who experiences a neurological impairment or loss of function gains the knowledge, skills and supports needed for his or her optimal physical, psychological, social and economic functioning.

The IRP is developed by a neuro-rehabilitation team in partnership with the person with a brain injury and is tailored to meet his or her needs. The Neuro-rehabilitation team is typically made up of the person with an ABI (the client), a family member/carer, Local Services Manager, Case Manager, Rehabilitation Assistant – Key worker and relevant Clinical Team Members.

The IRP gives the person living with an acquired brain injury the chance to be involved in the decisions that affect their lives. It gives them the chance to set goals that are meaningful to them, while providing the focus for achieving those goals. The plan also includes a personal profile identifying the person’s current abilities and support needs.

The IRP allows everybody involved in the rehabilitation process to understand what the clients’ objectives are, and the way in which they plan to achieve these objectives. The IRP is regularly reviewed with opportunities to set new goals when identified goals have been achieved.

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  • The Individual Rehabilitation Plan includes the following:

    • Activities of Daily Living: personal care, home management, cookery, finance, accessing local community services and support, health and safety
    • Cognitive Skills: alertness, attention to the environment, orientation to time, place and person, memory, knowledge, insight, emotional control, judgement, problem solving, language, empathy and reasoning
    • Social Skills: communication, appropriate behaviour, ability to take direction, social cues, use of language, social circles, judgement, perception and reasoning. It can also refer to motivation, emotional states, frustration, tolerance, impulsivity, depression, irritability, insight, awareness and self-control
    • Training and Employment: the client is always assisted to enhance their rehabilitation recovery. Where possible, staff members identify work placements for people with ABI and provide necessary support.
    • Challenges and risks: the neuro-rehabilitation team identify any accompanying challenges or risks associated with the Individual Rehabilitation Plan.


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    IRPs are regularly reviewed with opportunities to set new goals when the stated goals are achieved.

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