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Living with ABI Factsheets 

We also have fact sheets available for families living with an ABI. Contact us to request any of the following fact sheets, or simply click on the links below:

Adapting Your Home

This fact sheet describes ways in which you can make your home a safer and easier to manage environment for a family member with disability. Download the PDF

 

Assessing Complementary & Alternative Treatments

This factsheet discusses the difference between conventional, complementary and alternative treatment. Download the PDF.

 

Changes in Thinking & Behaviour

This factsheet describes the types of changes that can occur in thinking and behaviour due to Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and suggests some strategies to help manage or compensate for those changes. Download the PDF.

 

Continence Problems

This factsheet explains the different types of incontinence, causes, diagnosis and treatments.  It also explains how a person's environment and physical health can be managed to minimise the problem. Download the PDF.

 

Coping with Stress

This factsheet helps carers to recognise the symptoms of stress and provides strategies on how to avoid and manage stress.  It discusses ways in which carers need to look after themselves. Download the PDF.

 

Driving

This factsheet explains what multiple sclerosis is, what we know about its cause and who develops it. It describes diagnosis, types of MS, symptoms, treatment and discusses ways of managing the condition. Download the PDF.

 

Eating & Swallowing Problems

This factsheet discusses how Acquired Brain Injury can affect swallowing, nutrition and hydration.  It suggests strategies for safe swallowing and discusses how specialists can help further. Download the PDF.

 

Grief & Loss

This factsheet discusses the many losses associated with chronic conditions that challenge people with these conditions, their families and their carers.  It describes the grief they can cause, emotional reactions that occur such as anxiety and depression, and present ways to cope. Download the PDF.

 

Intimacy & Sexual Activity

This fact sheet discusses the nature of Alzheimer's disease, what we know about its cause, the symptoms and diagnosis.  It offers suggestions on how to care for and communicate with someone who has the condition, and discusses ways to manage changes that may occur in their behaviour. Download the PDF. 

 

Legal & Financial Matters

This factsheet highlights a number of legal and financial matters taht may need tending, such as making wills, powers of attorney and guardianship, managing finances and financial assistance.  Carers may take over these matters or assist a family member with them. Download the PDF.

 

Lifting & Moving

This factsheet describes techniques for helping a person with physical disabilities to walk, sit, stand and move. Download the PDF.

 

Respite & Residential Care

This factsheet describes the different forms of respite care and how to access them.  It also discusses permanent residential care - making the decision and finding the right hostel or nursing home. Download the PDF.

 

Speech & Communication Problems

This factsheet describes the effects that Acquired Brain Injury, dementia and hearing loss can have on speech and communication, and provides strategies that may assist when there are difficulties. Download the PDF.

 

Supporting Children & Grandchildren

This factsheet describes how to help children cope with the illness of a parent or grandparent, including how to communicate with them, common reactions to chronic illness, how to involve them and how to maintain a stable environment. Download the PDF.

 

Understanding the Nervous System

This factsheet tells you about the different parts of the nervous system - the brain, spinal cord and nerves.  It briefly explains what each part does, how the different parts of the nervous system communicates with each other and the rest of the body, and discusses the effects or damage to it. Download the PDF.

 

Vision Problems

This factsheet describes the ways in which a neurological condition or Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) can affect a person's vision and suggests some strategies and therapies to assist. Download the PDF.