Referrals & Eligibility

Individuals must satisfy the following criteria for program acceptance:

ARBI Eligibility/Exclusion Criteria 

NOTE:  Criteria varies dependent on Alberta Health Services Funding

A)   Eligibility Criteria for ARBI On-Site Program

  • 16 years of age or older 
  • diagnosed with moderate-severe acquired brain injury including stroke* (*acquired brain injury means damage to the brain which occurs after birth and is not related to congenital or degenerative disease) 
  • requires daily care and supervision
  • determined medically stable by a physician
  • no longer participating in active rehabilitation delivered directly by PT, OT, SLP, RT
  • resides within the boundaries of Calgary and surrounding areas
  • is in need of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation program
  • ready for a slower-stream rehabilitation program
  • has functional goals related to participation in the context of their home/residence or community
  • has the endurance required to participate in a therapeutic program (2.5 hours) assisted by volunteer
  • demonstrating behaviours that do not place themselves or others at risk (physical or verbal)

B)   Eligibility Criteria for ARBI Outreach Program

  • 16 years of age or older 
  • diagnosed with moderate-severe acquired brain injury including stroke* (*acquired brain injury means damage to the brain which occurs after birth and is not related to congenital or degenerative disease) 
  • requires daily care and supervision
  • determined medically stable by a physician
  • in need of individualized rehabilitation program (can be 1 discipline, OT, PT, SLP)
  • resides within the boundaries of Calgary and surrounding areas
  • has functional goals related to participation in the context of their home/residence or community
  • has the endurance required to participate in a treatment program either with the support of a support worker, family member or partially independent
  • demonstrating behaviours that do not place themselves or others at risk (physical or verbal)

ARBI’s screening process is the final determination of the individual’s readiness to participate in ARBI’s intensive rehabilitation program

Referral to ARBI

Family members, guardians, health care professionals or community agencies refer individuals to ARBI.

Prior to Contacting ARBI:
  • Review the eligibility criteria to ensure ARBI is the appropriate agency
Contact ARBI: 
  • Via phone or email. ARBI staff will ask questions to confirm that the individual meets eligibility criteria
  • ARBI staff will provide the application form and consent forms, and make a request for a doctor’s referral to ARBI. You may also download an application form and consent forms below
Complete and submit forms
  • Send completed forms to ARBI in person, by fax, e-mail or post
  • ARBI requests and reviews medical/rehabilitation information

Assessment Screening

Meeting with ARBI Staff
  • A member of our staff meets with the individual and family either at their home, at the care center, or at ARBI
  • A brief screening assessment is conducted by ARBI staff. More information is shared between the individual and ARBI staff about their situation and goals and ARBI’s programs and services
  • A survivor may choose to benefit from ARBI’s On-site, Outreach or Community Integration program. If the programs are full they may be offered a group program while they are waiting to access their specific program

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