Acquired Brain Injury

Acquired brain injury (ABI) refers to any type of brain damage that occurs after birth. It can include damage sustained by infection, disease, lack of oxygen or a blow to the head. The long-term effects of brain injury are difficult to predict. They will be different for each person and can range from mild to profound.

 

It is common for many people with ABI to experience increased fatigue (mental and physical) and some slowing down in how fast they can process information, plan and solve problems. They may experience changes to their behaviour and personality, physical and sensory abilities, or thinking and learning.

 

The WJS Acquired Brain Injury programs for independent living helps adult survivors of ABI build independence, improve their quality of life and increase participation in the community. Our home living programs are funded through provincial workers compensation boards or private insurance companies and our services are provided in the person’s own home.

 

We help individuals identify and aspire toward their goals and meet changing needs en route. Goals can work toward independent living, developing natural supports in the community, problem solving, dealing with mental health and addictions, financial management, routine planning and memory aids.

Customized Services

 

We offer a wide range of personalized services that gives individuals, their families and their caregivers, a choice in creating a customized approach, based in best practices and employing innovative programs that are proven to produce life-changing results. Whenever possible, we deliver our programs within the home community.

Cultural Respect

 

We have a passionate regard for the role of the individual’s background in recovery. Life-long teachings and beliefs provide a strong basis for overcoming physical, emotional and other challenges. WJS staff engage with the cultures we serve through a wide variety of cultural activities intended to apply the past in building the future.

Understanding Trauma

 

Our trauma-informed approach empowers individuals by recalling and respecting their previous experience. Knowing and understanding the past provides the key to encouraging change and creating a positive future

Accreditation

 

WJS Canada is proud to offer accredited programs. British Columbia and Alberta are accredited by CARF. In Ontario our facilities are subject to annual licensing reviews by the Ministry of Children & Youth Services. Accreditation confirms that WJS meets provincial and international standards and incorporates best practices into management and programming. It recognizes WJS employees as professionals in their respective fields and, most importantly offers the people we serve and their families assurance that the services they receive from WJS are of the highest caliber.

Referrals 

 

Referrals and requests for new programs can be made directly to us or through the referral process offered by the government agency that funds the services. Some of our services accept referrals directly from this website. If we cannot provide the services in demand, we may supply information about other agencies that could help you or. We sometimes initiate a new service to accommodate an individual and requests or ideas for new programs are always welcome. Click here for more information.