We provide a wide range of services for people living with acquired brain injury, for their families and carers, as well as for healthcare professionals. Find out more about our services and how to access them.
For survivors of brain injury
At Acquired Brain Injury Ireland we want to support you to get the information and services you need to rebuild your life.
For families and carers
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland has established a network of support groups throughout Ireland, accessible to all those caring for a loved one with brain injury.
For healthcare professionals
The CBIS Programme is specifically intended for frontline staff and professionals who need a strong foundation for working with individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
Accessing our services: how to make a referral
Our neuro-rehabilitation team
Our services are led by a team of brain injury specialists whose role is to support people with brain injury to reach his or her goals.
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The Local Services Manager (LSM)
Working as part of the Neuro-Rehabilitation Team and managing a team of Rehabilitation Assistants, the LSM takes the lead in the provision of person-centred services, linking with families and the wider community. LSMs support individuals with acquired brain injuries to live valued lives in their communities by ensuring the individual’s IRP is followed in such a way that facilitates the achievement of his or her goals.
LSMs manage Assisted Living residences and/or co-ordinates Home and Community services in their area.
The Case Manager
The Case Manager is the single point of contact for an individual with an acquired brain injury and his or her family. The Case Manager will seek out and coordinate appropriate resources, monitor progress and communicate with the person with an acquired brain injury, the family/carer and other professionals including statutory and non-statutory agencies. For more on what the Case Manager does, click here.
The Rehabilitation Assistant
Rehabilitation Assistants are important members of the neuro-rehabilitation team. They are highly trained brain injury specialists who provide support and assistance to the person with an ABI in becoming more independent. Their work is influenced by the recommendations that form the Individual Rehabilitation Plan where the client has outlined their goals and objectives.
Social Work/Home Liaison
When a family member suffers an acquired brain injury, the lives of the whole family have been changed. The Social Worker or Family Support Worker provides support both to the person with the acquired brain injury and his or her family as they struggle to cope with the trauma of watching a loved one suffer the effects of brain injury. This support can take many forms, including counselling, teaching coping skills, exploring the challenges of acquired brain injury, dealing with grief or loss, workshops on relationships and sexuality, advocacy, family law and legal support.
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Clinical Psychologists use both specialist and neuropsychological knowledge and their general training in clinical psychology to:
- Carry out detailed assessments of cognition, emotion, behaviour and social competence
- Advise on the management of difficulties due to cognitive deficits
- Provide psychotherapeutic input to address the emotional impact of the injury and the deficits caused by the injury.
- Devise and implement training programmes.
- Facilitate personal, family and social adjustment.
- Liaise with educational agencies and employers to advise on a return to education or work
- Advise on long-term care and rehabilitation
Occupational Therapist (OT)
The Occupational Therapist aims to recover or maintain the daily living or work skills of a person affected by an acquired brain injury. They evaluate the upper-body functioning, fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination and cognitive functioning and communication skills of the person with an acquired brain injury, with the goal of enabling him or her to participate in activities of daily living.
A personal rehabilitation programme is developed which may include exercises, self-care activities, communication, cognitive training and education. Modifying the environment or adapting the activity perhaps with the use of technology is some of the strategies the OT uses to help the individual reach his or her goals.
The OT may make recommendations for the Individual Rehabilitation Plan in the areas of goal-setting, independent living skills, returning to work, returning to driving, equipment needs and personal care.
Physiotherapists evaluate the movement of the person with the acquired brain injury, including muscle strength, muscle tone, posture, coordination, endurance and general mobility. An individual rehabilitation plan is created to help the person with an acquired brain injury gain functional independent.
Speech and Language Therapist (SLT)
If the person with an ABI is suffering with speech and language difficulties, the Speech and Language Therapist will work with them to help them gain optimal communication skills.
Our approach: Neuro-rehabilitation and
the Individual Rehabilitation Plan
Brain injuries happen suddenly and can often result in dramatic, life-altering change.
Survivors might experience difficulty remembering things, making decisions, concentrating, challenges with physical mobility or speech and language.
Neuro-rehabilitation is a problem-solving process to support individuals to rebuild those skills and functions after brain injury. It is about re-learning, adapting and finding new ways to do things so that survivors of brain injury can continue to achieve their full potential.
At Acquired Brain Injury Ireland all of our neuro-rehabilitation services are centred on the Individual Rehabilitation Plan. This gives the person living with brain injury the chance to be involved in the decisions that affect their lives. It sees them work together with a team of brain injury experts to set goals that are meaningful for them, and provides a roadmap to achieve them. Goals might include developing skills for independent living, participating in work or training, or engaging with their local community.
Every brain injury is different. That’s why an Individual Rehabilitation Plan is required to meet the needs of each brain injury survivor.