Here’s the deal. (And you will need to help to make this happen.)
An Saol will open, in three months’ time, the Sara Walsh Therapy Centre offering three-hour therapy sessions to persons with severe Acquired Brain Injury (sABI).
We will take three persons at a time each going on either the Erigo, the MOTOMed, or a therapy table. After an hour (or so) they’ll swap. We will have a lead therapist in charge of the sessions, with volunteer therapists and assistants as support. If possible, we’ll also offer music and cognitive therapy.
For starters, we will offer these sessions over three days: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. This will give those the opportunity to attend, who are based in a nursing home during the week.
We need your help to:
- find adequate room for the Therapy Centre;
- fundraise to purchase the equipment (we will compile a list of equipment required, with cost) and to fit out/rent/set up the room;
- clarify the legal, health care, and insurance issues.
Are you in?
Pádraig is doing ok today. Still finding it difficult to eat. A bit drowsy and congested because of the medication (we hope to reduce once we’re as sure as we can be that he’ll be ok without it).
But Pádraig urgently needs adequate and regular therapy – as do all the other persons with sABI we know. And none of them are getting enough therapy – although, according to a special issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, named by the famous The New Yorker as one of just six of the most interesting psychology papers of 2015, the only promising evidence for patients looking to regain function is: Rehabilitation therapy. And especially therapy that requires demanding physical or mental activity.
So let’s get going on this!