The assistant works as a member of the multi-disciplinary
team, under the supervision and guidance of the Case Manager
and other therapists, to support the delivery of
rehabilitation services to the client with an acquired brain
Assistants are non-professionals trained in the
neurobehavioral approach to follow through the provision of
rehabilitation programmes in the clientís home and community.
Programmes may include the
- Cognitive retraining.
- Behaviour modification.
- Adjustment to disability.
- Social and adaptive skills.
- Communication skills.
- Mobility skills.
- Self care skills.
- Parenting skills.
- Activities of daily living.
- Community reintegration.
- Vocational activities.
- Leisure participation.
- Client and family education.
The main purpose of the role is to assist the Case Manager
to facilitate rehabilitation to achieve maximum physical,
psychological, social and vocational wellbeing of each
individual and to enable people to live as independently as
possible in the most appropriate environment.
In the initial stages of programme implementation, the
assistant works with the client and family on homework tasks
set by the Case Manager and multi-disciplinary team so that
support is staged in, and therefore not obtrusive.
Using this method the client and family are gradually
introduced to the concept of having an enabler, and when a
person has been recruited, the assistant will help introduce
him/her to their role in working with the client.
This new role has been introduced as a cost efficient
method of moving the rehabilitation programme forward when the
client does not have an enabler. It also provides an
opportunity to test the Case Managerís recommendations and
facilitate the clientís engagement in the early stages of the