Call for Acquired Brain Injury Case Management resource in all counties
Greater community management of Brain Injury would reduce admission to nursing homes
An allocation of €510,000 to resource a Case Management service for Acquired Brain Injury in all counties – has been called for in Budget 2022.
This would involve recruiting an additional 7.5 Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) regional Case Managers to work with people and families helping them to better navigate a rehabilitation pathway from hospital to home.
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABII) said the work of a dedicated Case Manager reduces the burden of care on families, helps to maximise the person’s independence and reduces unnecessary and expensive stays in nursing homes and hospitals.
A cost analysis in the North East on the country, which is one of few regions with a dedicated Case Manager for ABI, found annual savings of €3.5m to the health system due to less admission and greater discharge.
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland CEO Barbara O’Connell said: “There are massive gaps in rehabilitation services for people with an ABI. One vital service to help transition from hospital to home, is the oversight and coordination of a dedicated Case Manager.
“In our Pre-budget Submission 2022 we are seeking an annual investment of €510,000 to provide a basic brain injury Case Management service in all areas. This supports the HSE’s Implementation Plan for Neuro-rehabilitation Strategy 2019-2021, which is committed to in the current Programme for Government,” she said.
Issued by Acquired Brian Injury Ireland on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
Ronan Cavanagh, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland: (086) 317 9731.