A home-from-home at one of our 15 Residential Rehabilitation services across Ireland

After a brain injury the person injured may need a number of supports so returning home straight after a stay in hospital may not be possible. In this case Assisting Living could be the answer. In our Assisted Living residences around Ireland between four and six people live together in a safe environment where they are respected, empowered and supported by staff on a 24/7 basis. Each resident has his or her own bedroom but shares kitchen, living and dining facilities.

Residents are empowered to engage in their own personal care, cookery, and home management, personal and household finance and are encouraged to go out into the community to access local facilities such as libraries and leisure facilities, or any others that may be of interest to them.

Why is Assisted Living important?

  • Assisted Living fosters autonomy and personal development, key factors in the individual’s journey towards living a life less dependent on medical, occupational and psychological support
  • Negotiating shared living spaces promotes social interaction and helps residents develop the appropriate cognitive and social skills essential for living with others
  • The person with the acquired brain injury is at the centre of the service. In the Assisted Living residence each person holds an Individual Rehabilitation Plan outlining the objectives of their neuro-rehabilitation plan, the goals they want to achieve, their current abilities and the supports they may need to achieve these goals.
  • Community-based support services promote inclusion and participation in the community. The person living with the acquired brain injury is empowered to access employment, education, social and health services

Activities of Daily Living at the Assisted Living Residence

Activities of Daily Living are an important part of the neuro-rehabilitation plan in learning to live independently again. The resident will be supported to carry out activities such as their own personal care, home management, cookery, finance, health and safety and accessing local community services e.g. leisure facilities.

Cognitive Skills

‘Cognitive’ refers to alertness and attention to the environment we live in. Cognitive difficulties are a common effect of brain injury causing difficulty with memory, knowledge, insight, emotional control, judgement, problem-solving, orientation to time, place and person, language, empathy and reasoning. Our ABI Ireland staff work with the person with an ABI to develop these skills.

Social Skills

Social skills can be lost as a result of a brain injury and might need to be re-learned during the rehabilitation process. Social skills’ training is a primary part of ABI Irelands Assisted Living Service. Social skills refer to communication, appropriate behaviour, and the ability to take direction, social cues, judgement, perception and reasoning. It can also refer to motivation, emotions, frustration, being impulsive, depression, irritability, awareness and self-control.

Service agreement

Be assured each person living in an ABI Ireland residence is provided with a service agreement. The agreement takes the form of a written document, drawn up with the resident and his or her next of kin or designated carer. For the resident, the agreement ensures they understand the process involved when moving in to their new home. It also sets out their rights. For family members or carers the agreement includes:

  • A commitment to consistency in all information shared
  • A detailed risk assessment
  • The challenges particular to the individual
  • The tailored rehabilitation programme developed in response to his or her needs
  • ABI Ireland’s policies and procedures to ensure a caring, safe environment for each resident

How do I refer someone with an acquired brain injury?

If you think Assisted Living would suit the person you care for, or know, with an acquired brain injury, you can download and fill out a referral form here.

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