At Acquired Brain Injury Ireland – people come first. Our culture is person-centred which means we care about our brain injury survivors, their families and our employees. Our teams are highly skilled and qualified in their area and they are extremely passionate about the work they do. What are you looking for in a job and in your life? Happiness? A sense of purpose? To improve your skills? Benefits of working at Acquired Brain Injury Ireland: MAKE A DIFFERENCE: people often join us because they need a job, but they stay for the sense of fulfillment. VALUES: our culture is extremely strong, compassionate and real because we live our values every day. We are dedicated to the people we support and the staff members who assist them. We are one of the top rehabilitation employers in the country and always strive to be an “employer of choice”. LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT: We provide ongoing education opportunities for support professionals who would like a career with us. Our people make us unique – they bring the magic. Rebuilding lives through neuro-rehabilitation takes time but the rewards are huge. Working with brain injuries requires the ability to see things differently and think outside the box. That’s […]
We all need a friendly nudge from time to time… to remind us to do something we keep meaning to do. The weeks keep flying by and suddenly, it’s October. When was the last time you tried something new? Or when did you last really enjoy your food, and savour the taste instead of rushing to the next thing? Today on World Mental Health Day… we are here to give you a friendly nudge to stop and take a breath. Today’s the day to choose one thing to do for yourself. To help you get started – here are some ideas: Cook a new recipe Learning something new is great to boost our mental health because it helps to boost our self-confidence, self-esteem and build a sense of purpose. And it doesn’t have to be formal learning like a new qualification – it can be something low-cost and everyday like cooking a new recipe, a new DIY project or taking up a new hobby. Set a coffee date Call that friend today that you keep meaning to meet up with. Call them and set a date to meet for a coffee. It’s easy to feel so busy that there isn’t time […]
This week all the way in Dallas, Texas, our CEO Barbara O’Connell joined thousands of experts as they gathered at the largest rehabilitation research conference in the world #ACRM2018. Barbara was there to share our research findings with international experts from our joint research project with the University of Limerick (UL) on the lived experience of brain injury in Ireland. The research looked at the experience of people after brain injury to understand how it affected their social identity. A number of themes emerged including the role of the family and the difficulties that people with brain injury faced in getting services, being accepted back into their communities and re-starting their lives again. One participant in the research described it as “it’s like getting my life reset. Some parts of your head get reset and it makes you a different person and that’s it”. More than 3,000 delegates from across the world, including clinicians, researchers, academics, policy makers and service providers attended the conference. Check out our poster from the conference exhibition here: ABII Social Cure Or you can read the full research report Getting My Life Reset.
In our pre budget submission to government, we are calling for greater investment in case management services to reduce discharge delays, care costs and improve quality of life. More than 13,000 people acquire brain injuries in Ireland annually but we know first hand that many families face a lone, uphill battle to access neuro-rehabilitation services. This could be alleviated by greater government investment in brain injury case management services. Families are struggling to cope Thousands of lives are devastated in Ireland every year by brain injuries acquired through falls, road collisions, attempted suicides and strokes resulting in a silent epidemic leaving families struggling to cope in every corner of the country. This is because there is a gaping need for investment in case management services not only to ensure brain injury survivors have access to appropriate services but also to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and delayed discharges. Our National Services Manager Dr Karen Foley, said: “We have had brain injury case managers in the East of the country since 2006 and their effectiveness with regard to value for money is proven. Now we are calling for that case management approach to be replicated across each HSE CHO area so we can provide […]
“If I can do it, you can do it.” This is the message from our inspirational brain injury survivor Jack Fadden from Kildare as he urges you to join him in the Clane 5k/10k Family Fun Run on November 10 in aid of our charity. The event is sponsored by T&I Fitouts and AMOSS Solicitors. At just 28 years old, Jack is training hard to achieve his goal of running the race in full for the first time. And he wants you to join him! Jack Fadden returns with Kildare’s biggest fun run this November More than 650 participants took part last year (2017) and this year, it is expected to grow even bigger. The Clane 5k/10k Family Fun Run is fast becoming a firm favourite on the Irish running calendar. It’s all about making life better for our brain injury survivors right across Ireland, with €35k raised to date. Aim for your goals Jack said: “Like many people after a brain injury I’ve struggled with fatigue and memory problems. With the help of my family, friends and keyworker, the Clane 5k/10k was created three years ago. Organising this event has motivated me to build up my physical strength. And […]