Acquired Brain Injury Program

An Acquired Brain Injury is a temporary or permanent damage to the brain that occurs after birth. It is not the same as a brain injury you are born with or a health condition such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Common causes include injury from an accident, assault, disease, stroke, brain tumour, and drug or alcohol abuse. It can cause physical disability as well as problems with thinking, memory, attention, emotions, and relationships.

The Brain Injury Program helps individuals with an Acquired Brain Injury live in the community. Island Health and community agencies work together to arrange support services.

Services may include:

Community Residential Supports

  • Group Homes
  • Supported Apartments
  • Transitional Family Care Homes 

Community Rehabilitation and Supports

  • Transitional Supports
  • Outreach 

Education and In-services, which provide an overview and understanding of Brain Injury

Other Related Programs and Services

There are Brain Injury Societies located in Victoria, Nanaimo, Courtenay and Campbell River which offer drop in programs, support groups and other supportive services:

  • Victoria Brain Injury Society 250.598.9339
  • Nanaimo Brain Injury Society 250.753.5600
  • Comox Valley Head Injury Society 250.334.9225
  • Campbell River Head Injury Society 250.287.4323

Who is eligible?

Eligible clients must:

  • Be 19 years of age and older
  • Have sustained an Acquired Brain Injury after birth
  • Consent to receiving services
  • Live within the Island Health region 

How can I get this service?

The following people can refer to the program:

  • physician
  • health care provider
  • family member
  • friend
  • the person with the Acquired Brain Injury  

Please contact the program at 250.519.5299 for more information and to request an application.

For more information, please read about accessing services or contact a Home Health Office near you.