Stephen, aged 41, sustained a serious brain injury when he was involved in a road traffic accident while riding his motorbike.
He was transferred from an acute hospital to Graham Anderson House. On admission, he lacked insight into the nature of his injury and the difficulties he was experiencing. Staff helped Stephen to see his bike and the damage that the accident had caused to it. Hearing from friends what his crash helmet looked like, helped Stephen to gain insight into the nature of his injury.
Since this time, Stephen has fully engaged in his rehabilitation. A number of goals were set for Stephen to help with memory, social skills, anger management and stress / anxiety management. Stephen worked with the multi-disciplinary team to achieve these.
Having a brain injury is like being in a little black box, then someone lets you out and you begin to learn about yourself again.
Stephen has worked as a motor mechanic since he was 14 years of age, where he worked his way up to become workshop foreman of a large garage. While in rehabilitation at Graham Anderson House, he volunteered at his place of employment two days a week to begin a phased return to work. Stephen is now living in the community and is supported in his work role.