Understanding acquired brain injury

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is one of the most common conditions affecting the brain.
The prevalence of ABI in Australia continues to grow, with 1 in 45 Australians having
an ABI which presents activity limitations. An ABI can be caused by both traumatic
events, like a accident, head injury or fall, or non-traumatic occurrences such as
infections, tumours or a stroke.

By definition, an acquired brain injury is “an injury to the brain, as a result of a cause,
resulting in impairments”.

Some of the conditions which can cause an ABI are:

  • Childbirth
  • Stroke
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Fall resulting in head injury
  • Brain tumour
  • Degenerative disease
  • Hypoxia/anoxia (lack of oxygen)

ABI also typically impairs younger people, with almost three-quarters of Australians
with ABI being under 65 years old.

Benefits of in-home care

Whether you, or someone you love, are in the early stages of recovery, or a long-term
patient, you may wish to consider in-home care.

Receiving care in the familiar environment of your home can offer numerous benefits
for people with an ABI. These benefits include:

  • A sense of safety and comfort to aide recovery
  • The convenience of undertaking rehabilitation at home
  • Removing the requirement to travel for care
  • Reduce anxiety and confusion by being in a familiar place
  • Personalised, one-on-one care tailored to specific needs

In-home care, delivered by a team you can trust, also gives you or your loved one to
build a strong, trusting relationship with their support team and receive care in a
more personalised approach. Speak to the team at Focused Health Care to arrange in-
home care today.

Tailored support services

Every brain injury is different, and every person with a brain injury wants and needs
different care. This is another reason to consider personalised in-home care. The team
at Focused Health Care is made up of qualified registered nurses who can support you
or your loved one in the comfort of your home. Bringing their wealth of healthcare
training and experience, you can receive services like:

  • Medication administration
  • Rehabilitation support
  • Wound care
  • Personal care
  • Daily living assistance
  • Support with improving physical and cognitive functions

Long-term recovery and support

The recovery journey after an acquired brain injury is often long and requires ongoing
medical support. Continuous rehabilitation and healthcare support is crucial to
helping people achieve the best possible outcomes.

Focused Health Care is committed to providing long-term ABI support services which
evolve with the changing needs of our clients. We know brain injury recover is not a
linear process but one which requires consistent adaption and personalised care. Our
team can offer consistent, compassionate care which empowers people to reach their
potential and do so in the comfort of their own home.
Speak to our team of qualified registered nurses today.

*All information is general and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical
advice. Focused Health Care can consult with you regarding your individual health needs.

References

[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Disability in Australia: acquired brain injury, 12 June 2024, Disability in Australia: acquired brain injury, Summary – Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (aihw.gov.au)
[2] Brain Injury Australia, Understanding Brain Injury, 13 June 2024, Understanding BRAIN INJURY (braininjury-au.info)
[3] Mann, G, Troeung, L, Wagland, J, Martini, A, Cohort profile: the Acquired Brain Injury Community Rehabilitation and Support Services Outcome Cohort, 1991-2020, National Institute of Health, Australia, 13 June 2024, Cohort profile: Cohort profile: the Acquired Brain Injury Community REhabilitation and Support Services OuTcomes CohoRT (ABI-RESTaRT), Western Australia, 1991–2020 – PMC (nih.gov)

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