The Resilient Mind
Lindsey Ireland is a 37-year-old, never-married, Kentuckian, born and raised in a rural town. She graduated from high school in 2002. Growing up in a loving home, Lindsey has a father who worked in a steel mill, and a mother who was a homemaker. She has one sister, Casey, who is one year older than she.
Lindsey acquired a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in 2001 when she was 17 years old in a car
accident. Post-TBI, she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, plus 2 Masters Degrees in
Social Work and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky. Frustrated by her
limited success in the job hunt, Ireland was happy to be admitted to the state’s TBI waiver; but
soon left the waiver due to anxiety/boredom/loneliness. After working for a short time at a
hospital in Lexington, she returned home to live with family in 2019.
It was the thought of living in a nursing home permanently that prompted her to begin researching long-term care for individuals with TBI. She contacted the owner of Caring Moore Homes (CMH), Carey Moore, who said that in order to be eligible for admittance to the CMH long term care program a person needs to be on the state’s TBI Waiver, which she had previously left in order to begin work. Moore connected her to a person who fought for people to get back on the waiver. And so she fought for Lindsey, and here she is- three days a week, engaging in speech, occupational therapy, and counseling services through an adult structured day program.
-Composed by Lindsey Ireland, 2/1/2021