Programs and Services
ADULT SUPPORT GROUPS
We offer themed peer-support groups designed to help survivors explore their social and personal growth in a supportive environment. Groups take place on a semester basis and registration is required. SABIS offers a variety of weekly support groups. These groups encourage connections and peer support for brain injury survivors, as well as a chance to be social and access information and resources. SABIS’ groups are 1.5 hour sessions that run in three month semesters. Please note that you must be an active SABIS client in order to attend groups.
Service Coordinators provide information, support and assistance to clients. They help clients to find and access the supports and services available to them in the community. SABIS staff are an important part of each client’s personal support network. We do not provide medical assessments or rehabilitation. We cannot provide legal advice or services. Services we provide include:
- Assisting with applications for supports and services from government programs and community-based agencies
- Providing individuals and families with information on acquired brain injury and its effects
- Offering emotional support and practical advice on living with a brain injury
- Administration of trust agreements for recipients of AISH and CPP-Disability benefits
SABIS’ Intake Coordinator will call you to discuss your needs in greater detail and answer any questions you may have.
Brain Injury Survival Guide
This comprehensive resource manual, published by the Alberta Brain Injury Initiative, is available online through Alberta Human Services: Brain Injury Initiative Survival Guide
Brain Injury Resource Centre
Community Education and Awareness
Upon request, staff will set up a display table or deliver presentations to explain what we do and provide information on the causes and effects of acquired brain injury.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
This is a facilitated mutual support group for family caregivers and friends of adults with acquired brain injuries. When an individual experiences a brain injury or stroke, his or her friends and family members suddenly find themselves on a journey they had never expected to take. It is not unusual to feel frightened, overwhelmed and uncertain about the future. With so much attention and concern suddenly focused on the person with the injury, caregivers often find themselves unable to ask for support or feel guilty for even admitting that they might need help. Sometimes it is really important for caregivers to simply share their concerns with others who are facing similar challenges.
Each spring and fall, SABIS offers a six-week facilitated peer support group for caregivers. We allow participants to share their stories, discuss some of the unique challenges that accompany brain injury, and explore options for maintaining their own health and well-being. This program is free and open to all friends and family members of survivors of acquired brain injury, regardless of whether the injury is recent or a number of years in the past. We know that the need to access support is ongoing.
April 8-May 13, 2021