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Become an Acquired Brain Injury Support Worker

An Acquired Brain Injury Support Worker, also known as an ABI support worker, is someone who specialises in helping individuals with acquired brain injuries. Support workers for individuals with an acquired brain injury are crucial to their recovery with the overall goal being to help them live fulfilled, productive lives. They can help with medication management, physical therapy, emotional support, job coaching and providing services that make life easier for the individual which can include household tasks, personal care, budgeting and managing finances. At times this can include providing prompt support and, depending on the level of support, the need to intervene when a crisis arises.

The Job Role

  • Provide supportive care, including assistance with daily living activities, to service users who have sustained an acquired brain injury.

  • Provide support that assists the service user with acquiring and maintaining independent living skills.

  • Work with each service user to set personalised goals.

  • Assist the service user with activities that promote their physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

  • Assist the service user with community activities.

  • Develop, implement, and update support plans for the service user.

Skills & Experience

  • Experience of working with individuals in need of special care and rehabilitation.

  • Understanding of acquired brain injuries and the impact on the service user’s behaviour.

  • Knowledge of community resources available to service users.

  • Proficient in the use of adaptive equipment and technology. 

  • Ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team.

  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills.

  • The ability to work closely with other rehabilitation teams, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy professionals.

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