Archive for November, 2011

Help make TBI recovery available to all

Posted on: November 29th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin 1 Comment

A couple of weeks ago ABC’s 20/20 aired an inspiring piece on Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’ recovery. Her story is truly amazing and all of us at CORE Health Care wish her much success as she continues to heal and progress.

But we can’t help but think about the hundreds of thousands of average people with traumatic brain injuries, many of them veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, whose federal insurance plans don’t cover the kind of post-acute care Giffords is receiving.

Once the average person is discharged from the hospital, he or she is medically stable, but usually still very impaired in terms of cognition and day-to-day functioning. This leads to behavior that can endanger the injured person and others. Most post-acute care for people with brain injuries takes place in a residential setting, a sort of halfway house between the hospital and the home. Patients typically receive therapy that helps them concentrate, control their impulses, speak, reason and improve their memory.

Skipping the post-acute phase of rehabilitation sets up people with brain injuries for failure, leading to feelings of frustration and anger for them and their families.

CORE Health Care urges everyone to speak out for those with brain injuries. A good place to start is the Brain Injury Association of America’s (BIAA) legislative updates and alerts. The BIAA lets you know when legislation important to people with brain injuries is before Congress and offers legislative fact sheets that you can review. Click here to sign up.

With your help perhaps we can make Gabby Giffords’ remarkable recovery available to all people with brain injuries!

CORE awarded $25K to build ADA accessible fishing pier

Posted on: November 16th, 2011 by CORE Health Care Admin No Comments

The CORE Health Foundation, our disability advocacy organization, received a $25,000 grant from the Austin Parks Foundation to help fund a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier on Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin.

“We see this pier as a great example of a public/private partnership with the CORE Health Foundation working with the city and many others to provide facilities for everyone,” said Charlie McCabe, executive director of the Austin Parks Foundation.

Austin native Anthony King, an avid fisherman and former parole officer, suffered a stroke this summer that left him in a wheelchair and dramatically reduced his fishing options. He’s extremely excited about the pier on Lady Bird Lake.

“I love to fish because of the peace, serenity and relaxation it offers,” King said. “I think the pier will be an awesome addition to the city and especially to Lady Bird Lake as it will easily fit into the landscape and still maintain the beauty of the area.”

“This wheelchair accessible pier will give every Austinite and visitor to the area a chance to fish on this popular urban lake without needing a boat,” said Eric Makowski, trustee of the Austin-based CORE Health Foundation and immediate past president of the Brain Injury Association of Texas. (more…)