Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Service needed in Kilkenny/Carlow Area
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There are dozens of people living in Kilkenny, Carlow and surrounding counties with ABI (Acquired Brain Injury) including my 26 year old brother. The effect is different for each person but they all have one thing in common, that their life has changed for ever and many people need specialised support services to have the best chance of rehabilitation and reintegration into the family and community. Rehabilitation is not finished with discharge from hospital. For many people with ABI and their families it is only the beginning!
The process of rehabilitation and adjustment for people with ABI and their families can take months or years. The person may have to find new ways to do things, new ways of thinking about things, may have to retrain, retire or reintegrate back into school, work or college.
The model of ABI Ireland Services, where community Rehabilitation Assistants work 1-1 with people in their homes and communities on a goal based programme of rehabilitation with the support, oversight and guidance of an expert clinical team is the model which is needed in Kilkenny and Carlow
It would be ideal if there were two rehab assistants and a base from which to develop services in Kilkenny/Carlow. In other areas like Wexford and South Tipperary there is a thriving Clubhouse service which acts as a hub for the people in those areas with an ABI to access the supports they need to progress after an ABI. Why should the people of Kilkenny and Carlow not be entitled to the same service??A clubhouse encourages people with ABI to make decisions and engage in activities of their choosing with support from staff. It gives people with ABI a place to meet others who have had a similar experience and provide each other with peer support. It functions as a base for clinical staff to engage in assessments and clinical interventions with people with an ABI.
For people who are struggling to live independently a residential rehabilitation service would be ideal. In this setting, people with an ABI would learn or relearn skills for independent living with full time support of trained rehabilitation assistants and the clinical team and would transition over time to a more independent community setting. In this way an individuals goals are worked on very intensively over an extended period to achieve maximum progress. This is a service which is provided in other areas by ABI Ireland when funded to do so and the outcomes can be extremely positive.
The ideal service for Kilkenny/Carlow would be to have a base which could function as a Clubhouse and office, staffed by Local Service Manager/Team Leader with 2 Rehabilitation Assistants. The clinical support of Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Case Management are also crucial to Brain Injury Services and need additional resourcing in Kilkenny/Carlow. The icing on the cake would be a residential rehabilitation facility!
My family and I are asking the people the Kilkenny, Carlow and surrounding towns to please get behind us and sign this petition. We will do everything we can to try and get my brother and other families the help and support they need and the help and support we need!
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