See below for a selection of our previous projects
Animals are integrated into therapy to work on functional goals with clients e.g. upper limb rehabilitation activities, improving speech, improving mobility. This has been hugely successful and is a very much enjoyed part of therapy for clients.
Swallowing training for staff
The goal of this project is to increase staff knowledge about dysphagia and safe feeding practices, leading to safer care for clients with dysphagia needs. This will in turn decrease the number of hospital re-admissions due to chest infections/aspiration pneumonia/feeding. Training with our Speech and Language Therapists is held with all staff involved in client cares on a regular basis.
Manual handling guidelines
A few of the ABI team members attended an ACC lead training session on the moving and handling guidelines. As a result of this there were some changes made to the current practice and this was then transferred into the in-house training sessions.There was also the development of Moving and Handling Posters that clearly explained the levels of assistance, the transfer techniques and the safety components. These posters now hand in common areas within the facilities.
Peer mentoring research study (in conjunction with AUT University)
Driving after TBI
Meaningful goal setting is hugely important at ABI. We are acutely aware of the need to tailor our goal setting process to each client, that they and their families are able to come up with working goals that are reflective of each individual. Our programmes are specifically tailored to each persons needs. We strive to reflect each clients individuality continually through their stay at ABI. Each client and/or their family, together with therapy staff come up with an ‘about me’ section of their rehabilitation plan on admission, so all staff working with that client are aware of and can accommodate these needs. This is all part of our holistic approach to rehabilitation, and treating ‘the whole person’ rather than just symptoms.
Complex case studies
If you would like further information or would like to collaborate on any of these projects please contact Stephanie.Muncaster@abi-rehab.co.nz