Re-connecting with one’s world after a brain injury, including stroke, can be overwhelming for survivors and their families. Often families experience a wide range of responses after a stroke or TBI because their lives have changed forever. There is a significant need for longer term support as clients and their families reconnect into their lives and their communities.
ARBI is offering a monthly caregiver support group that will run between November, 2016 and March, 2017. The purpose of the group is to provide opportunities for spouses, partners and extended family members to discuss and review issues and needs pertinent to stroke and brain injury survivors.
The two-hour group sessions will be co-facilitated by a social worker and psychologist and, when applicable, relevant guest speakers will be invited. The first hour will be information and psychoeducation-based, and the remainder of the session is open to questioning and socializing with other survivor families. The group will run monthly on a drop-in basis, so no need to register!
When: every first Thursday of the month, from November 2016–March 2017
Where: ARBI – 3412 Spruce Drive SW, Calgary
Time: 6–8 pm
Potential topics covered:
- Emotional/personality& behavioral changes
- Legal and financial matters
- Accessibility home renovations
- Stress management/coping/anxiety management
- Vacationing with survivor/transportation/hiring a health care provider to go with you etc.
- Community activities/programs/private therapies
- Navigating the healthcare system (post TBI/stroke)
- Grief and Loss
ARBI’s Neuropsychologist works with ARBI’s clients, families, and staff to address the cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural consequences of brain injury or stroke.
Our Neuropsychologist assesses the clients' abilities to process information and respond in an appropriate manner. The individual’s emotional and social wellbeing are also evaluated. The Neuropsychologist then provides recommendations to help clients successfully reintegrate into the community.
ARBI’s social worker is involved with survivors of stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI), and families from the intake process through to discharge, supporting them as they move forward. The social worker’s role is to create a safe and collaborative environment for clients and their families to share, learn, grow and find hope as they overcome the many challenges that lie ahead.
We believe that each client and family that comes through ARBI’s doors have their own unique sources of strength and growth and healing potential as the family moves forward together. With support, our hope is to help them to understand that there can be life after stroke and TBI.
ARBI’s Social Worker:
- Provides supportive counseling to clients and caregivers
- Connects clients and caregivers to resources in the community
- Strengthens partnerships within the brain injury community support network
- Collaborates on client treatment plans, discharge planning, and general well-being
Recovery from TBI or stroke is a lifelong process. ARBI plays a strong role in advocating for clients and families throughout their rehabilitation process and beyond.
ARBI roles in Advocacy:
- Promote stroke and TBI recovery by connecting clients and their families to appropriate resources. This means increasing education, communication, referrals, and follow-up with health care professionals and public/community organizations
- Build and share a resource base among members of the brain injury community to address and accommodate variable needs
- Build a strong sense of community
- Build a strong support network
- Represent stroke and TBI survivors’ interests
- Establish partnerships and liaisons with community based stroke and TBI associations or agencies