Acquired Brain Injuries
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What is ABI?
Acquired Brain Injury Support Services
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is a complex and often misunderstood area of care and carries a distinct set of challenges.
It can be difficult for those who have suffered an ABI as well as those around them, to cope with the impact that this may have on their lives. Care1 staff are highly trained and experienced in delivering care and help to clients with an Acquired Brain Injury and their families. Our ABI services may include, rehabilitation, following an accident or stroke, personal or attendant care and behavioural assistance.
Care1 are passionate about helping people and their families through range of personalised therapy services to enhance their quality of life by offering extra support in navigating through these challenges.
Q) What does the term Acquired Brain Injury actually mean?
The key word here is Acquired. This is a brain injury that occurs as the result of an accident, illness or traumatic event. This injury then has an impact on the function of that area of the cerebrum, such as motor function, memory or speech.
Q) Is it possible to be born with an ABI?
While there are cases of children born with brain damage, those incidents are more commonly known as prenatal, perinatal or congenital injuries. The “acquired” injury here happens after birth.
Q) How do the majority of ABI incidents occur?
Acquired Brain Injuries can occur following a variety of traumatic accidents and incidents where the brain is damaged. This can happen through physical impact or a loss of oxygen. Injuries can come from assault, falls, sporting accidents and traffic collisions. In fact, over 70% of these injuries are the result of road accidents. Other causes include strokes, asphyxiation and tumours.
Q) How common are these ABIs?
Sadly, ABIs are more common than many assume. It is currently estimated that around 45,000 each year in New South Wales will deal with some form of brain injury. The severity of the issue will depend on the extent of the damage, but 8,000 are likely to have to deal with the results for the rest of their lives. This means 55,000 people in NSW in need of help from organisations like Care1.
Q) How easy is it to receive care from Care1?
There is supplier shortage in the service provision for ABIs in New South Wales and the population. The common risks and high number of people with these type of injuries means there is a high demand for care from providers. There are just 15 dedicated centres from all providers in the area, with a total of just 370 places.
Q) Are there any age restrictions on receiving care & support from Care1?
Care1 has a large range of brain injury services in place for people of all ages, including adults and children. Our therapy services vary depending on the nature and severity of the injury. Older adults and children require more specialist care. However, Care1 can offer care and comfort to any client.
Q) Is care & support options from Care1 expensive?
Care1 tries to keep costs to customers down as much as possible to ensure all our brain injury services remain reasonably accessible. Care1 is an accredited and approved provider to Lifetime Care & Support Authority (LTCS), Workers Care and the Transport Accidents Authority (TAC). Care1 is also registered to provide assistance to participants under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Care1 employs trained and experienced disability support workers, familiar with low to profound disability care needs.
Care1 can supply staff to support a range of community-based models including community access, in-home respite, community respite and centre based care and support.
We have a passionate and caring team who enjoy supporting the elderly in our community. Our aged care workers are experienced and sensitive to the changing needs and complex care requirements of the elderly.