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Understanding Acquired Brain Injury: WCL & 3L Care

Last year We Change Lives (WCL) acquired the 3L Care Group - a residential care service with a specialisation in caring for adults with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). In doing this, WCL is embracing a vital chapter in supporting people to live their best lives.

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But what is Acquired Brain Injury?

Acquired Brain Injury is defined as an injury to the brain that occurs after birth, significantly altering the course of an individual's life, often affecting physical, cognitive, and emotional well-being. These injuries can be a result of various causes, such as accidents, strokes, tumours, infections, or lack of oxygen to the brain.

One thing about ABI, is that it doesn't discriminate – it can affect anyone at any time, regardless of age, background, or lifestyle. ABI can be classified into two main categories:

  1. Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Caused by an external force, like a blow to the head.

  2. Non-Traumatic Brain Injury: Resulting from internal factors such as strokes, tumours, or neurological illnesses.

How does it impact peoples' lives?

The effects of ABI can vary widely, depending on the severity and location of the injury. Common symptoms include physical impairments, cognitive difficulties (like memory loss or reduced attention span), emotional and behavioural changes, and challenges in communication.

Recovery from ABI is a unique journey for each individual. It often involves a multi-disciplinary approach including medical treatment, rehabilitation therapy, and psychological support. The goal is to help individuals regain as much independence as possible and improve their quality of life.

Adjusting to life after an ABI can be challenging. It requires not just medical intervention but also social and emotional support. Family, friends, and community play a crucial role in providing a supportive environment.

ABI is a life-changing event that demands both understanding and comprehensive care. Awareness and education are key to supporting those affected and ensuring they can lead fulfilling lives despite their challenges. The aftermath of ABI varies widely, and this variability makes understanding ABI complex, but also crucial, when it comes to supporting people to live their best lives.

The importance of specialised ABI care

ABI care, especially in the North West, has long faced challenges in meeting the diverse needs of individuals. With a growing demand for specialised, compassionate care, the role of services like 3L Care and We Change Lives becomes ever more vital. By integrating 3L Care, We Change Lives has not only strengthened its commitment to providing compassionate, individualised care; we're also filling a gap, creating a much needed haven of support for people with ABI.

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