Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
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Supporting those living with brain injury

Interior Health Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Services has adopted the World Health Organization definition of acquired brain injury: Damage to the brain, which occurs after birth and is not related to a congenital or a degenerative disease. These impairments may be temporary or permanent and cause partial or functional disability or psychosocial maladjustment (Geneva 1996).

What services are available?

Interior Health ABI Services help adults living in the community who are 19 to 64 years old and have a documented brain injury, as defined above. ABI services also help families, caregivers, and staff in supporting individuals with brain injury and in understanding and managing the changes to their family that may occur after brain injury.

ABI services provide the following:

  • assessment and rehabilitation planning/consultation 
  • coordination of services to ensure a holistic approach to rehabilitation and support 
  • assistance in goal-based community integration and skill development 
  • information about acquired brain injury 
  • training and education to service providers working with patients with ABI

As part of an overall case management approach to supporting individuals with brain injury to live as optimally independent as possible, the ABI service case coordinator facilitates referrals to outpatient and community rehabilitation, and community support services.  These services may include:

  • Neuropsychological assessment 
  • Occupational therapy 
  • Physiotherapy 
  • Psychological and counseling services 
  • Home support services 
  • Social support programs and agencies
  • Speech language pathology services
  • Day programs
  • Drop-in programs
  • Life skills
  • Mental health resources
  • Recreational programs

ABI Case Coordinators will also facilitate referrals to residential programs, when they require 24 hour supervised care settings.

How do I access this service?

Search for ABI services in your community or contact the Case Coordinator in your area.

We want to hear from you

If you are unhappy with the service you received, you are encouraged to speak with the person who provided the service, or to the manager of the area. All patients and clients are encouraged to try and resolve any issues at the time and place care is received.

If you still feel your concern has not been adequately addressed, you can contact the IH Patient Care Quality Office directly for further action.

Other resources

 

MoH     PCQO