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. VIHA 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
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 VIHA region
How can I get this service?
The following people can refer to the program:
- health care provider
- family member
- the person with the Acquired Brain Injury
Please contact the program at 250.370.8455 for more information.
You may also download the following application form and mail or fax it to our office at 250.370.8697. An intake worker will contact you for more information about the referral and to determine eligibility for services.
Brain Injury Program Application for Service (pdf)
For more information, please read about accessing services or contact a VIHA Home Health Office near you.