An allocation of € 510,000 to finance a service for managing cases of acquired brain injuries in all counties has been requested in the 2022 budget.
This would involve recruiting other regional Acquired Brain Injury (ACI) case managers to work with individuals and families in helping them better navigate a rehabilitation journey from hospital to home.
Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABII) said the work of a dedicated case manager reduces the burden of care for families, helps maximize individual independence and reduces unnecessary and costly nursing home stays and hospitals.
A cost analysis in the northeast of the country, which is one of the few regions with a dedicated ABI case manager, found annual savings of € 3.5 million to the health system due to decreased admissions and greater discharge.
ABII CEO Barbara O’Connell commented, “There are huge gaps in rehabilitation services for people with ACL. An essential service to ease the transition from hospital to home is the supervision and coordination of a dedicated case manager.
“In our 2022 pre-budget submission, we are seeking an annual investment of € 510,000 to provide basic brain injury case management service in all areas. This supports the HSE implementation plan for the 2019-2021 Neuro-Rehabilitation Strategy, which committed to the current government agenda.