Brain injuries are like fingerprints; no two are the same.
We Can Help
Brain injury results in a set of complex and varied effects which appear differently in each individual. Functional changes can occur in the areas of thinking, sensation, language, and emotion.
When planning support for individuals with brain injury our professionally trained staff will:
- complete a thorough and realistic assessment of the impact of the brain injury on daily functioning
- identify areas of support needed, and
- implement unique strategies tailored to individual difficulties.
Once the individual needs have been identified, BrainTrust Canada embraces a 'whatever it takes' approach to service delivery. Like our fingerprints, no two plans for support are exactly the same.
We are also dedicated to providing 'best fit' services to our clients, selecting those that are most relevant to the culture, environment, or community of the affected individual.
Support Programs and Services
We have Community Support Coordinators and Facilitators who provide one-to-one support and case management for individuals after injury. Support service may take almost any form:
- managing activities of daily living
- facilitating access to community and government services
- helping complete application for the Revenue Canada Disability Tax Credit
- maintaining personal health
- developing recreational activities
Our aim is to provide anything that supports the individual in living as independently as possible. This includes using professional services where appropriate, and using natural supports such as friends, family, and peers wherever possible.
Client Services offers a variety of group-based programs and services addressing the complex needs which can arise for individuals after injury. Examples include:
- substance use
- emotional control
- health and wellness
- peer support
- cognitive and social enhancement
Groups are formed based on need. If you have a particular interest in a group program you can contact us for more information.
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Brain injury can be devastating for family members and loved ones. Supporting families/caregivers is an important aspect of the work we do.
We work with families and people close to those injured to help them understand brain injury and how they can help the individual to recover.
We also help families/caregivers understand and manage relationships which can change after injury.
BrainTrust Canada has developed two guidebooks to assist family members and loved ones through the difficult phases of rehabilitation:
These guides are intended to be a general resource for families. Specific protocols may vary depending on the location and nature of the injury.
Here are some of our favourite resources on brain injury.
pushormitchell.com - an archive of articles written about brain injury by Paul Mitchell, Q.C.
preventable.ca - information from a nation-wide, multi-partner organization designed to raise awareness, transform attitudes, and ultimately change behaviour
brainline.org - preventing, treating, and living with traumatic brain injury
brainstreams.ca - brain injury information and resources in B.C.
tbi.org - public awareness and knowledge of acquired/traumatic brain injury
stopconcussions.com - an educational portal that players, parents, coaches, and officials can visit to seek information regarding concussions
neuroskills.com - traumatic brain injury rehabilitation and resources
injuryresearch.bc.ca - supports the integration of prevention practice into the daily lives of British Columbians