This week Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABII) celebrated 21 years empowering survivors of brain injury to rebuild their lives.
ABII was set up in 2000 to meet a vital need to provide life-changing, specialised neuro-rehabilitation for individuals in Ireland whose lives had been shattered by brain injury. This includes those acquiring brain injury from falls, road traffic accidents, concussion and stroke. From a single assisted living service providing a home-from-home for three brain injury survivors, ABII has since grown to serve 1,100 individuals nationally every year.
The 21st birthday milestone is particularly significant in the year of publication of the Ombudsman’s Wasted Lives report, which recently highlighted the inappropriate placement of young people in nursing homes.
Chief Executive and Co-Founder of ABII Barbara O’Connell drove the organisation’s foundation after her brother, Peter Bradley, suffered two brain injuries as a result of two serious road traffic accidents before the age of 42. No longer able to live independently, and without access to any appropriate rehabilitation services, Peter was transferred from acute care and inappropriately placed in a nursing home.