Aquired Brain Injury Community Services
ABI Community Services provides community-based rehabilitation and consultative services for individuals with acquired brain injuries who are 16 years of age and older.
All clients referred to ABI Community Services require third party funding which may include the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, insurance companies, or other collaborative agencies.
ABI Community Services is an independent community-based fee for service program within Hamilton Health Sciences' Acquired Brain Injury Program. ABI Community Services has been providing functional assessment and treatment for adolescents and adults with acquired brain injury for the past 15 years. Rehabilitation professionals teach clients practical functional skills in their own environment. Clients are assisted with returning to meaningful roles within their family, community and/or work settings. This functional approach, based on a neurobehavioural model, maximizes opportunities that a client can practice and learn in a safe and non-threatening community setting thus reducing the handicapping effects of brain injury.
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Functional treatment programs are provided by a team of Rehabilitation Professionals, that may include the following, depending on client need:
- Senior Rehabilitation Therapist (SRT)
- Rehabilitation Therapist (RT)
- Occupational Therapist
- Speech-Language Pathologist
- Community Intervention Coordinator (CIC)
The team has experience and training in the acquired brain injury field. Clinical supervision is provided by the Clinical Coordinator. The team works in collaboration with other care providers and can, when appropriate, implement recommendations from other health care disciplines. This creates a coordinated, comprehensive and cost-efficient rehabilitation program that considers all the needs of the individuals.
Rehabilitation Therapists and Senior Rehabilitation Therapists possess a university degree or a community college diploma in the social sciences or health care. In addition, they are skilled in goal setting techniques, data collection and analysis, behaviour management as well as teaching compensatory strategies. All staff are knowledgeable regarding current legislation and procedures in collaborating with third party sources.
What We Do
A Community Intervention Coordinator (CIC) conducts an initial intake interview (no charge). This offers the client and their family opportunity to discuss their concerns, learn about available resources, and participate in the development of preliminary assessment and treatment goals and options. These assessment and treatment options are based on reasonable and necessary services given the client's unique and individualized needs. At this point, an OCF-22 Application for assessment and/or Proposal Letter is developed and forwarded to the funder for approval
Following funding approval, an assessment is conducted by a Senior Rehabilitation Therapist (SRT). The SRT works at building a trusting rapport with the client and family while completing the following:
- systematically identifying client's needs;
- collaborating with other health disciplines and facilities to integrate their assessments and recommendations, as appropriate;
- summarizing and interpreting assessment results to the client and family;
- completing the assessment report, identifying rehabilitation strategies, prioritization of goals and designing a functional rehabilitation treatment program, which is forwarded to the funder for approval, if applicable;
Individualized treatment programs focus on re-learning practical skills needed for effective daily living. The ABI Community Services' model builds on existing strengths, while recognizing challenges in order to implement functional rehabilitation programming.
- developing, evaluating and modifying data collection systems to monitor progress towards goal achievement;
- mentoring the client and their support network to ensure identified goals are completed according to the treatment plan;
- implementing specialized treatments including: behavioural management and discipline specific interventions;
- completing Progress Reports;
- collaborating with the community teams to ensure continuity of care;
- liaising with other professionals and implementing their recommendations, as appropriate.
How We Do It
The Evaluation Process
Consistent with a neurobehavioural service delivery model, the ABI Community Services program defines goals in specific terms and measures their progress with a rigorous system of data collection and analysis when appropriate. Collaborating with all treating professionals involved assists with designing and modifying programs as needed.
Written reports outlining program goals and progress are forwarded to the client, fundor and other identified professionals at regular intervals. An important evaluation component includes discharge planning and gradually reducing services, as progress is demonstrated and clients gain increased independence and confidence in their recovering skills.
How To Reach Us - The Referral Process
ABI Community Services accepts referrals from many sources including Inpatient Programs, Long Term Care Facilities, Physicians, Community Care Access Centres, Schools, Families, Rehabilitation Consultants, Insurance Companies and Legal Representatives. We are able to provide treatment to clients living within a one hour radius of Hamilton-Wentworth.
CALL, FAX or e-mail:
Direct: 905-521-2100 Ext. 40866 Toll Free: 1-866-322-0722
ABI Community Services
HHS, Acquired Brain Injury Program
Regional Rehabilitaiton Centre
300 Wellingtion St. North, Hamilton, ON L8L 0A4
If there are questions or concerns not covered in this program description, please contact our Community Intervention Coordinator, at Ext.
|What are some of the facts about brain injury?|
|Traumatic brain injury is the number one killer and disabler of young Canadians under the age of forty
16,000 residents in Ontario sustain a traumatic brain injury annually
The leading cause of traumatic brain injury in North America is:
automobile accidents 50%
sports / recreation 10%
|Where can I get more information on brain injury?|
|Information regarding brain injury can obtained from numerous sources including the following websites:
|Who would qualify to receive services from your program?|
|ABI Community Services accepts referrals from many sources including Inpatient Programs, Long Term Care Facilities, Physicians, Community Care Access Centres, Schools, Families, Rehabilitation Consultants, Insurance Companies and Legal Representatives. We are able to provide treatment to clients living within a one-hour radius of Hamilton-Wentworth.
ABI Community Services and the Acquired Brain Injury Program at Hamilton Health Sciences accept clients who have sustained a brain injury and are over 16 years of age.