Hamilton Health Sciences
Departments and Services

Acquired Brain Injury Program (ABIP)

Phone: (905) 521 – 2100, Extension 74101
Service Director(s):
Clinical Managers:
Stella Bester
Lucy Wadas

Patients Served

The Acquired Brain Injury Program (ABIP) serves the needs of adults with acquired brain injuries and their families. 

The program is based out of Chedoke Hospital and St. Joseph’s Centre for Mountain Health Services. 

Admission to the ABI Program is determined by a comprehensive referral process.

The intake process begins when the completed intake package and medical referral are received at the ABI Program office. All referrals are reviewed within one week of receipt.

Services Provided

ABIP provides services that reflect:

  • Innovative client-centered service
  • Treatment plans based on individualized functional goals
  • Treatment within a homelike setting or within the individual’s natural environment whenever possible
  • Treatment that includes behavioural, cognitive, communication, medical, physical, psychological, psychosocial and psychiatric components as necessary.

ABIP includes the following programs: 

Chedoke ABI Inpatient Programs 

  • Community Re-integration Unit

The Community Re-integration Unit assists individuals with acquired brain injury to develop a level of independence sufficient for re-integration into the community. Functional life skills training is provided for 8 individuals with moderate acquired brain injuries. 

  • Centre for Behavioural Rehabilitation

The Centre for Behavioural Rehabilitation is a 5-bed unit responding to the needs of individuals with acquired brain injuries who display challenging, socially unacceptable behaviours that prevent their participation in conventional rehabilitation programs. 

Slow To Recover Program

The Slow to Recover program accommodates 5 individuals with severe brain injuries.  Patients who receive services through the Slow to Recover program meet all or most of the following criteria:

  • intermittently or minimally responsive (Ranch Los Amigos level ll-lll)
  • significant physical need (SIRUS lll - total care)
  • six (6) months or longer post injury
  • need for regular nursing intervention
  • medically stable

Outreach Service

The Outreach Service is provided to individuals with acquired brain injuries after their discharge from inpatient units.  This service is designed to facilitate a smooth transition to the community and is essential to the individual’s ability to maintain the gains made while in the hospital.  The Outreach Service also serves individuals who have been referred directly from the community who have not had a hospital admission. 

Community Crisis Management Team 

The ABI Crisis Management Team provides a quick response to ABI survivors and their families who are in severe difficulty or at high risk of danger to themselves or others. 

ABI Community Services

ABI Community Services, a division of Chedoke Rehabilitation 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.

Partnership with St. Joseph’s Healthcare

ABI/Mental Health Program

This program has 10 provincial beds for the assessment and treatment of dually diagnosed clients.  There is close collaboration between the Hamilton Health Sciences and St.Joseph’s programs and there is a shared intake process.

ABI Outpatient Clinic

Please click on the above link for more information.

The ABI Team

The ABI Team consists of: 

  • Multi-skilled rehabilitation therapists and advanced rehabilitation therapists, behaviour therapists, psychologists, nurses, physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, social workers, nutritionists, therapeutic recreationists and pharmacists
  • Clinical coordinators, community intervention coordinators and clinical specialists

For a brochure containing detailed information please contact ABIP directly at:
(905) 521 – 2100, Extension 74101

Hamilton Health Sciences • Hamilton, Ontario • 905.521.2100

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