Aims and Objectives – Acquired Brain Injury Coordinator (ABICo)
Everyday after an acquired brain injury is critical to the rehabilitation process and delays mean loss of valuable skills and abilities that may never be restored. The ABICo will, where possible and appropriate, give support, information, as well as coordinate the needs of the patient and his/her relatives, as appropriate. The aim of this post is for the ABIco, families and the injured patient to work towards a set of shared goals, which are identified by their professional team or from the ABICo’s initial assessment. The ABICo will assist, as necessary, with communication and liaison between Therapists, Social Services, PCT’s, Medical Practitioners, The Public Guardianship Offices, Solicitors and Benefits Agency. Furthermore the post will maintain a rapport with the families and give them support and information as required, therefore relieving them from the enormous strain that acquired brain injury brings. The post of ABICo allows victims and relatives a “one communication channel” for all the necessary care needs and information, rather than the perhaps having to researching it for themselves and having to deal with a number of different organisations. The ABICo will have the resources and contacts to cover most of the relatives needs. The support regime will be monitored on a regular basis and changes in the client’s situation will determine the need to revise the support regime goals. The expected outcomes of the project-
- To help more people with acquired brain injury to achieve the best personal outcomes.
- Total family involvement, support and advice given to families
- Patients and families directly and actively being approached by our service
- Additional supported interdisciplinary relationships between heath and social care professionals.
This is a unique post which is in the process of being developed by the Charity. The results of our research to date prove that this is a much needed service, since many patients and relatives are often not actively directed to the potential care and support, with families inadvertently left to organise it themselves in Southampton. This is supported by the following quote from a family whom The Wayne Howard Trust has previously helped – “We believe that, had we had been allocated someone, such as an ABI Coordinator, our burden would not only have been much easier to bear but our isolation and fear would have been lessened, thereby giving us more strength to deal with the trauma.”