Will a brain injury survivor recover?
No one can predict with absolute certainty.
Through a process called Neuroplasticity, survivors can relearn or adapt skills that have been lost. The time it may take to regain lost skills may vary, and is not a sure thing.
Recovery is different for everyone.
What kind of help is needed?
Re-ha-bi-li-ta-tion means literally ” The restoration of someone to a useful place in society”.
Rehabilitation is essential for survivors to relearn or adapt the skills lost, to live the best quality of life possible. It’s most effective if the survivor begins as soon as they are medically able to.
Hospitals or acute care facilities will provide specialized treatment soon after the injury has occurred. Depending on the hospital and the type of injury, some rehabilitation may be offered until the individual is medically stable. Then a long-term rehabilitation program may be needed.
What kind of help is available?
Once someone is accepted into ARBI’s programs, we will help them improve and enrich their quality of life through:
Increasing physical mobility
Helping with communication
Increasing abilities to think clearly and make decisions
Helping survivors contribute to their own health and well-being by participating in meaningful and stimulating activities with family, friends and community
ARBI can help with:
Specifically designed, client-centered rehabilitation programs
Support with challenges such as grief, stress, self-esteem and relationship issues
Referrals to specialists
Where will the survivor live?
Depending on the severity of the brain injury, it may be difficult to return home.
Before being discharged from the hospital, survivors and their families will meet with the medical team to make plans. The Alberta Health Zone offers transition services to help assess each situation and look at options to ensure proper support is provided.
If a person is unable to return home, they may live in a home that provides the kind of support required, which ranges from assisted living/supported living/personal care homes in a home-like setting to 24-hour nursing care in a long-term care facility.
Who will pay for this?
When a brain injury happens, there are financial impacts for the survivor and the family. Questions arise about the cost of rehabilitation, home care, personal care and the possible loss of income. ARBI’s staff can work with the survivor and their family to refer them to the appropriate agency to help secure financial aid.
If a survivor needs to be hospitalized because of a brain injury, it’s likely the family has been contacted by a social worker who can answer questions or provide the names of organizations that can help. A number of things have to be considered when determining who will pay for services:
- The personal situation
- The cause of brain injury
- Whether there is insurance or disability benefits
- The funding arrangements the community agencies have in place
Is there insurance coverage?
Insurance policies may cover some of the costs associated with brain injury. Some common insurance policies are:
- Automobile insurance
- Workers’ Compensation Board, which covers work related injuries
- Canada Pension Plan Disability Pension, which may provide a disability pension for persons with work history and private disability coverage from the workplace
- Private disability income plan or critical illness plan
- Home or other policy at the location of injury
Is there replacement income?
If a brain injury is permanent and severe, leaving the survivor unable to work, they may be eligible for Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH).
If a person is not eligible for AISH, but needs income or an income supplement, they may apply for Income Support, which helps pay for basic needs such as food, clothing and a place to live. Call 1-866-644-5135 (toll free) to find out more information.