Supporting the person with a brain injury and their family to understand living with a brain injury
Following an ABI, individuals and families/carers often face a major situation that has altered their life completely. ABI Ireland recognises that the family also lives with the acquired brain injury, not just the person directly affected. Family members need support themselves in order to be able to support their loved one.
The ABI Ireland Family Support Service is delivered by Social Workers or Family Support Workers on an individual or group basis and can take many forms.
Some of these involve:
- Teaching coping skills.
- Exploring the challenges of the acquired brain injury.
- Dealing with grief and loss.
- Building relationships between the individual, family and community.
This acquired brain injury-specific service reaches out to provide help and support to family members who are struggling to cope with the trauma of watching a loved one suffer the effects of brain injury.
Respite for carers can be a lifeline, offering time out for both the carer and the cared for. Respite may be provided outside the home in an adult day care centre or an Assisting Living residence.
Accessing Family Support Services
A Family Support Worker or Social Worker may be a member of the Neuro-rehabilitation team the client is working with. If you would like to refer someone for family support, please contact the Case Manager or Local Services Manager on his or her team, or fill in the referral form here.