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.
Case Managers 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. At any given time, Case Managers are working with approximately 260 clients. We do not provide assessments or rehabilitation, but we do help clients access these services as required. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU NEED TO BE A RESIDENT OF THE CALGARY AREA IN ORDER TO RECEIVE SERVICES. Please refer to the list of communities we serve. Some of our services 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
- Advocacy and support to appeal denied services or applications
- Financial management assistance for recipients of AISH and CPP-Disability benefits
Within five working days of receiving this application, SABIS’ Intake Coordinator will call you to discuss your needs in greater detail and answer your questions.
The Brain Injury Survival Guide is available free-of-charge through SABIS. We also have a Resource Centre with pamphlets and brochures on community agencies and programs. Upon request, SABIS will set up information booths or provide in-service presentations on the causes and effects of acquired brain injuries on individuals, their families, and the community.
Brain Injury Survival Guide
This comprehensive resource manual, published by the Alberta Brain Injury Initiative, is available free of charge. The guide is also available online through Alberta Human Services: Brain Injury Initiative Survival Guide
Brain Injury Resource Centre
We have a collection of books, pamphlets and brochures on brain injury and many community supports and services available to survivors.
Community Education and Awareness
Upon request, SABIS will set up a display booth or present in-service sessions to explain what we do and to provide information on the causes and effects of acquired brain injury on individuals and their families.
CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
This is a six-week 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 be able to share their concerns with others who are facing similar challenges.
Companions on the Road Less Travelled… 6-Week Facilitated Companion Support Group 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 come with 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. Registration for the spring session begins Monday, February 5th, 2018. Groups will run Thursday evenings from 5 to 7 pm, March 22nd to April 26, 2018. The deadline to register is Friday, March 9th, 2018. Click the links below for more information or to register.