–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 02.21.17
In less than two years, Jackie Moore and her husband, Michael, have achieved another milestone as they expand the TBIRC to include the space next to the center. “We have known we needed more space since the center opened,” Moore reported. “So we were delighted when this space next to us became available. We have big plans for each of the three rooms we will be adding.” Of the many possible programs Moore is looking to add, she is most enthusiastic about a nutrition program.
“Many with TBI, including me, lose their appetite and forget to eat and drink. The brain needs protein and hydration to function so we need to offer visual and tangible ways to help TBI participants to develop healthy eating habits. This is just one example of what we can do in our every day lives to further our recovery,” Moore related.
According to Moore, the new space will allow participants a place to make the no-sew fleece comfort blankets and do other crafting projects. There will also be a space for classes and support groups to meet, and even a multi media room along with a quiet room, which is so important for participants according to Moore. “This new space will also be used for our speech groups and offers us the opportunity to have an educational room where we can do ‘lunch and learn’ programs and presentations. We can have a recreational area with enough room for our two Wii games and a place to play corn hole. We will also have dinner and movie nights.”
“This additional space will allow us to use our present space for greeting new participants, taking care of administrative duties, to house our resource library and more,” noted Tracy Wilson who serves as Moore’s administrative assistant
Wilson also serves as a caretaker for her husband who suffered a traumatic brain injury in an automobile accident two years ago. “She knows how to talk with and work with people with TBIs. She also complements me and what I do. She is very good at all those thing I need help with and we make a great team,” Moore explained.
“This is such a wonderful place,” Wilson said. “People who come here soon learn this is a judgment-free area. People are accepted for where they are.” People can enjoy support groups, speech, cognitive and memory groups and crafting opportunities. There are also educational seminars for healthcare professionals, students, survivors and caregivers.
“We started the center so that people who are survivors of traumatic brain injury, and their caregivers, have a safe place to go. We also serve as a resource center providing people with the kind of help they need,” Moore said. “There is no judgment here. We work as a team and everyone helps each other.”
According to Moore, people receive support, art and music therapy, nutrition assistance, counseling, help with paperwork, yoga classes, information about clinical trials, rehabilitation, crafts and much more. “We even have presentations by professionals pertaining to traumatic brain injury.”
Moore, who suffered a traumatic brain injury due to an auto accident, cannot read or write and requires constant supervision. “After my injury, there was no information readily available and no support available. My husband, Michael, has been wonderful, helping me to put together all of this information so that we can share it with others who are in this same situation,” Moore said. “We are compiling quite a library for survivors and caregivers.
Participants come to the center during the week to hang out or to take part in some activity from making no-sew fleece comfort blankets and other activities. Scheduled speech, cognitive and memory groups and support groups meet regularly
Moore credits the generosity of the community with the center and all of its furnishings. “We have been extremely blessed to have the center and to receive so many donations and items to furnish it and make it work,” she stated.
In addition to the help the center has received from community donations, Moore and Wilson are hosting a fundraiser:
“In An Instant”
at the Pinnacle
featuring guest speaker Lee Woodruff, best-selling author, speaker and caregiver to her husband, Bob Woodruff, a TBI survivor and ABC TV anchor.
Registration is from 4-5 p.m. with appetizers, books signing and viewing the live auction item.
The program begins at 5 pm.
with dinner at 5:25 p.m.
The Woodruff speech at 6:15 p.m.
Followed by the live auction at 7:30 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Center and tickets are available online at tbirc.org.