Supporting people who have suffered a brain injury due to trauma, stroke, brain tumour, aneurysm or other issues.

Brain injury services

The Acquired Brain Injury Program is for people who have a brain injury from trauma, stroke, brain tumour, aneurysm or other causes resulting in physical, cognitive and emotional changes.

This program is one of the many rehabilitation services we offer. Acquired brain injury does not include cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, multiple sclerosis or Alzheimer's disease.

Signs and risks

Physical problems include:

  • Complete or partial paralysis of some part(s) of the body
  • Trouble maintaining balance
  • Decreased hand coordination and/or less ability to move your arms or legs
  • Speaking, reading or writing difficulties

Cognitive problems are common and may include:

  • Decreased memory
  • Difficulty focusing or keeping organized and less ability to multi-task

Emotional problems include:

  • Anger
  • Decreased patience
  • Depression

What services are provided?

We can provide rehabilitation as well as residential and community support services.

Who is eligible?

  • Diagnosis must be verified by a physician or medical documentation
  • Over 19 years of age
  • Must meet residency and citizenship requirements
  • Must reside within Fraser Health region
  • Limited or no funding from other sources (ICBC, Crime Victim Assistance Program, Long or Short Term Disability Programs)

Access brain injury services

You can be referred by a physician, health care provider, family member, or friend. Self-referrals are also accepted.

If you have been a recent client of Acquired Brain Injury Services (ABIS) or you are re-referring someone who has been a recent client, the entire ABIS referral form does not need to be completed. Please complete page 2 ( Demographics and service request page), and page 8 (Appendix A Client Authorization).

What happens after I apply?

We will send you a letter confirming that we have received your application. If you are eligible, we will let you know when you can access this service. Some services have a waitlist.

Is there a cost?

You may be required to contribute financially to some services. Costs are based on your income and will be re-evaluated annually.

How long will I receive these services?

We provide both short-term and long-term services based on your needs.

  • Short-term services: Rehabilitation services are short-term and are typically provided for nine months or less.
  • Long-term services: Long-term services, such as residential care and community support, are provided based on your needs and funding availability. Where possible, we will make these services available for as long as you need them.

Resources

  • Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association
    Offering support and services to people with acquired brain injuries and their families since 1997. Provides a variety of programs throughout the Fraser Valley from Langley to Boston Bar.
  • Semiahmoo House Society
    Surrey/White Rock non-profit organization provides quality services and support to people with disabilities and their families in the community.
  • Strive Living
    Designs and delivers community living services tailored to each individual.
  • Brain Streams
    Online education and networking site for the brain injury community.
  • G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre
    B.C.'s largest rehabilitation centre, G.F. Strong provides inpatient and outpatient outreach and clinical support services to clients.
  • Parachute Canada
    Connects Canadians with the tools to prevent injuries.