Acquired Brain Injury
At Comfort Keepers we understand how an acquired brain injury impacts a person’s life. Our clinical team can assist you in developing a routine and much more.
What is an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)?
An acquired brain injury is a brain injury that happens after birth and is not hereditary, congenital, or degenerative. Acquired brain injuries include both traumatic and non-traumatic brain injuries. Every brain injury is unique, and the same injury can affect two people differently. The effects of brain injury are often quite hidden and not always obvious to others. It can affect motor skills, communication skills, it can cause behavioural issues, memory loss, issues with executive functioning, visual challenges, seizures, emotional changes, and changes in bodily function. The duration of symptoms associated with an ABI can vary, some milder cases can recover fully in 3 months and for more serious cases the recovery can take several years, and some people will experience symptoms associated with an ABI for the rest of their lives.
At Comfort Keepers we recognise the challenges that may face someone with an ABI and how important a routine is, on the road to recovery. We can provide personal care support including washing, dressing, grooming. We also provide practical care including shopping and light household chores. Support carers can also assist clients with organising their daily routines, partaking in hobbies, going to events and maintaining an active social life.
Comfort Keepers home support plan is created to assist and support the client, depending on their individual needs. Carers can assist with memory work, speech and language regime, physiotherapy exercises and issues with executive functioning – utilising mobility aids and adapted living items to promote a client’s independence.
We will support the client with any complications they may suffer from because of their brain injury. Comfort Keepers have experienced Clinical Nurse Managers in caring for people with an ABI – we actively work with HSE health care professionals to support our clients individual rehabilitation plans.