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Grainne Fogarty

Director of Care, RehabCare

Lucianne Bird

Director of Learning, National Learning Network

People with a brain injury can experience a life-altering impact. However, services are available to help people make the most of their potential and improve their quality of life.

People attend RehabCare’s day, resource and respite centres to build confidence and self-belief — as per their personalised plan. We provide residential care across a number of specialist services nationally. We also support almost 200 people with an acquired brain injury (ABI) every year.

We know that every person is unique, and so is every brain injury. Our staff from different disciplines will work with you and your family to achieve your goals for recovery. 

Services with a tailored approach 

For many people, their hidden disability means issues accessing essential services, using public transport and managing behavioural difficulties. We provide holistic support for each person to maximise their independence, helping them to socialise and manage their health. Our work enables people to become advocates for themselves and their peers.

RehabCare supports people to participate in meaningful programmes within their centre and forge stronger connections outside of our facilities. For us, that is the definition of true inclusion — for each person to actively participate in their communities. 

With individualised support, we empower people to live the lives they choose and make informed decisions about their future. Providing such services makes an invaluable contribution to the wellbeing and independence of those who use them. 

We know that every person is unique,
and so is every brain injury.

Inclusive training programmes 

National Learning Network (NLN) offers supportive training courses and community-based rehabilitation services across Ireland. Students are supported to improve their quality of life through inclusive education while establishing new opportunities in their communities.

Learning to live with the impact of acquired brain injury (ABI) presents significant challenges. Survivors often make a good physical recovery, however, they may find themselves with residual secondary deficits, including personality changes, memory deficits and mood impairments.

We offer specialised modules for survivors of ABI — from stress management to psychological support. We assist individuals to re-acclimate themselves, often enabling a return to work and enhancing their independence.”

Building a ‘bounce-back’ ability 

A former member of NLN’s Quest service says: “I was taught the means to manage problems and assisted in building a routine that would aid in my recovery. My sessions with Quest were invaluable, building a bounce-back ability that didn’t just get me back to where I was, but brought me back better. I returned to education and graduated with my Masters. Most importantly, I was taught to be more emotionally intelligent.” 

We empower people to undertake positive learning pathways. It’s the flexibility of our programmes that can make all the difference to a person with ABI. 

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