Everyone is at risk for a brain injury, and it can happen any time, whether from a fall, or a motor vehicle or sporting accident. The effects can be life-changing, resulting in physical changes such as language or mobility challenges, as well as dramatically altering the survivor’s family, work and community life. This March, The MENTOR Network and its partners celebrate Brain Injury Awareness month, a time to honor those we serve while raising awareness in our communities about the nature of brain injury and how to prevent it.
“The MENTOR Network’s staff work every day to improve quality of life for people with brain injury and other neurological challenges,” said Bruce Nardella, The MENTOR Network’s Chief Executive Officer. “I am excited to see so many of our programs getting active in their local communities this month, advocating for the needs of individuals with brain injury and celebrating the strides the people we serve have made during their recoveries.”
In recognition of Brain Injury Awareness month, The Network’s partners across the country have participated in events and helped raise awareness throughout the month.
Care Meridian Phoenix and Scottsdale staff, patients and their families attended the Annual Brain Injury Awareness Month BBQ and Expo at the Disability Empowerment Center on Saturday, March 14 in Phoenix. The event was sponsored by the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona.
Care Meridian Phoenix hosted a luau event on Wednesday, March 18 for patients, friends and family, and staff from Care Meridian Phoenix and Scottsdale. Attendees enjoyed games and activities such as a sensory sand art stand, ladder ball, horseshoes and adapted volleyball.
NeuroRestorative Timber Ridge in Arkansas will be hosting a Survivor’s Conference later this month. Held at the Benton Event Center in Benton, AR, the conference is slated to include a panel presentation featuring two family members of brain injury survivors who will talk about their experiences, vendor booths, including brain injury consultant representatives, and a lunch. The Timber Ridge program is excited for the event’s turnout, as it expects 150 attendees.
A team from Care Meridian LaMesa and Escondido participated in the San Diego County Brain Injury Foundation Brain Injury Walk on Saturday, March 21.
Care Meridian Granite Bay and Elk Grove employees, patients and families joined the Walk for Brain Injury at the State Capitol in Sacramento on March 22. CareMeridian was also a sponsor for the event.
Care Meridian staff in California will participate in the Brain Injury Association of California’s Annual Walk for Brain Injury walk on March 30 and plan to participate in other BIA events scheduled throughout the year.
In NeuroRestorative’s Clearwater program, staff and participants will host the 1st Annual Tony’s Run during the last week of March. Tony, a police officer of 32 years, was injured from a car accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury. The event is held to honor Tony and raise awareness for brain injury. Sponsored by NeuroRestorative Florida, the event will include awards and prizes for the top three runners in each age group.
NeuroRestorative’s Ashland program will host a Community Game Night, where participants and their families, staff and the community will enjoy an evening of games, food and fun. A game night was chosen for this event because gaming, overall, is very therapeutic and popular among participants.
NeuroRestorative’s Paducah program will host an Open House. Community members are invited to tour its Residential and Day Treatment Programs and join in a balloon release. The Mayor of Paducah will also make a proclamation designating March Brain Injury Awareness Month in Paducah.
On March 19, Gordon Horn, Ph.D, National Deputy Director of Clinical Outcomes and State Clinical Director of NeuroRestorative Florida, and Gary McKinney, NeuroRestorative’s National Director of Veteran and Military Development, were featured on the Veterans’ Voice radio program, dedicated to helping veterans and active members of the military identify and apply for local, state and federal benefits. Dr. Horn and McKinney focused on the topic of veterans living with brain injury during the show.
Together, NeuroRestorative and CareMeridian form The MENTOR Network’s Post-Acute Specialty Rehabilitation Services.