Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

An Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is brain damage caused by events after birth and can result in cognitive, physical, emotional, or behavioural impairments leading to permanent or temporary changes in functioning

Your Learning:
Complete the Embrace e-learning programme: Acquired Brain Injury Awareness
Ask your Manager for logging on details.

There are local network and support organisations:
Headway: has an office in Exeter.
Their national website includes information on types of brain injury; causes and effects and some downloadable factsheets on such topics as dysphagia; practical strategies to cope with memory problems; loss of taste and smell; managing anger; tips and coping strategies for managing dizziness and balance problems. Staff might find it useful to read relevant factsheets before working with the individual.

The factsheets are quite in depth – excellent for people who like reading and self study. Team Leaders will need to ensure that staff who prefer learning by watching/doing are supported to gain sufficient learning to carry out their role. The main points of the factsheets in relation to the person’s support could be summarised.
Headway has commissioned You Tube videos that can be a good introduction for example:

UK Brain Injuries Forum. Includes a video showing why rehabilitation after brain injury is so important.

there is a South West regional Group: You can sign up for their newsletter.