Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Day Program
Rehabilitative Services

The ABI Day Program offers outpatient therapy groups for people who have an acquired brain injury.  The program is for people who want to learn more about their injury, take part in meaningful activities, explore their strengths, and learn skills and strategies to manage symptoms.

People who may benefit from attending the program includes those with an acquired brain injury who:

  • Need education about acquired brain injury and related symptoms and could benefit from support from peers going through similar experience
  • Have cognitive (thinking) difficulties such as trouble with memory, paying attention, being organized, initiating or following through with tasks, or problem solving.
  • Have trouble managing fatigue related to their ABI.
  • Have emotional/behavior challenges related to their ABI (anger/irritability, mood swings, stress/anxiety)
  • Have social and life skill challenges related to their ABI (social isolation, decreased interest/opportunity for leisure, lacking daily structure)

More about this program

Location, hours and contact information

Unit 290, Bedford Place Mall
1658 Bedford Highway
Bedford, NS  B4A 2X9
Tel: 902-473-1229
Fax: 902-425-6574
Core Program Hours - two days per week for 2.5 hours over 6 weeks (schedule varies)
Series Program Hours - two days per week for 1.5 hours over 6 weeks (schedule varies, participants may choose to participate in more than one series program simultaneously)

How do I get into the ABI Day Program?

Participants must have the referral form completed by a healthcare professional, then participate in an intake assessment and be registered for the program in order to attend.
To attend the program you must be:
  • Diagnosed with an acquired brain injury (e.g. traumatic brain injury/concussion, stroke, brain tumors, meningitis/encephalitis, lack of oxygen to the brain) 
  • 16 years of age and older
  • Able to participate in a group setting
  • Living within the province and have access to reliable transportation
  • Able to manage self care and medications during program or have a caregiver to help 
  • Medically stable and able to attend regular sessions

What will happen at the ABI Day Program?

There are two parts in the ABI Day Program; the Core Program, and the Series Programs.
The Core Program is the introductory portion which will help you learn about common effects of acquired brain injury in a group setting including the impact symptoms can have on various aspects of your life. The Core Program must be completed before you can participate in the Series Programs.  
The Series Programs are theme based groups that focus on learning strategies to manage particular difficulties related to ABI.  
There is a 6 week Series Program available on each of the following topics:
  • Fatigue 
  • Memory 
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Relaxation
  • Leisure
  • Community Living Skills
  • Physical Activity

What happens after I complete the ABI Day Program?

Once you complete the ABI Day Program including the Core Program and any relevant Series Programs, you will be discharged from the program.  You will meet with a staff member during your participation in the program to help determine whether you should be referred to other services.

Forms and Documents