Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Services is a regional program that provides community support services, day programs, and specialized ABI community beds to adults living with moderate to severe brain injuries.

Services

The Acquired Brain Injury Services are for people who have a brain injury from trauma, stroke, brain tumour, aneurysm, or other organic injuries to the brain, which result in cognitive, physical, and emotional changes to the individual.

Acquired brain injury does not include Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, Korsakoff’s Syndrome, Huntington’s disease, Dementia (Alzheimer's or other) or other progressive diseases.

Signs and risks

Cognitive problems may include:

  • Decreased memory
  • Difficulty focusing or keeping organized and less ability to multi-task
  • Difficulty solving problems
  • Difficulty planning activities
  • Speaking, reading or writing difficulties

Physical problems may 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

Emotional problems may include:

  • Anger and aggressive behaviour
  • Decreased patience and irritability
  • Depression and/or anxiety

What services are provided?

We can provide specialized care resources and community support services.

Who is eligible?

  • Diagnosis must be verified by medical documentation (CT Scan, MRI, Specialist report, etc)
  • 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.

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 specialized care resources. 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. Services are based on goals that set for yourself and are evaluated regularly to monitor progress and to determine if these services are the right ones for you.  

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.
  • Brain Streams
    Online education and networking site for the brain injury community.
  • WorkSafeBC
    Provides assessment and support to people returning to work.