Life After ABI
Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) often leads to many changes for the individual, their family and friends. Many people who have experienced ABI report feeling as though they have become a different person since their injury, and this difference can be magnified by the reflected perceptions of the people around them.
Physical, cognitive, behavioural and / or emotional changes can also lead to changes in identity, roles, relationships, the ability to manage personal and household tasks, and in community access and participation. Managing these changes is not an easy process. It takes time, support from others and can mean learning new ways of doing many everyday activities, or even accepting assistance with a task that may have previously been completed independently.
Recovery from ABI may be thought of as a journey towards a new self, a shift in personal identity which may involve: adaptation to changed abilities; re-definition of relationships; finding new roles and activities in which to participate; and exploration of new ways to make life enjoyable and fulfilling.
Each journey of recovery is unique. At ABIOS we work with clients and their families on Goals Setting to help plan a way forward after ABI. Goals may be about personal changes, developing the strategies required to function as independently as possible within the home environment, or the wider community.
The following ABIOS information factsheets and resources have been developed specifically to provide practical information and ideas for people with an acquired brain injury and their families to assist them with the process of moving forward: