The Robin Easey Centre provides community-based life skills instruction, strategy-based cognitive rehabilitation and education services for adults with a brain injury. The goal of the centre is to provide patients and their families with the information, skills and experience needed to help them return to living in their community. The Robin Easey Centre also provides training to other health-care providers to enable local, specialized support.
A two-story wheelchair accessible house, the Robin Easey Centre is a very open and spacious home-like environment. On the main floor, there are two living rooms, a kitchen, a dining room, a powder room and an exercise room. The second floor consists of six private bedrooms, two bathrooms, a laundry room and an office.
The centre is located at 125 Scrivens St., in Ottawa’s west end.
The Robin Easey Centre provides a range of programs designed to meet the particular needs of each individual patient, through a combination of group and one-on-one sessions.
Our programs include:
Residential Program: Designed for individuals who have completed their hospital-based rehabilitation and would further benefit from the skills and structure provided in a residential setting. The average stay in this program is six months and includes a four-week assessment period used to identify:
- Areas of daily-living skills that have been affected by brain injury
- Cognitive, behavioural, emotional or physical difficulties interfering with patient success
- Patients’ strengths and areas of independence
- A treatment plan including goals, strategies and which therapies are needed going forward
Day Program: Designed for individuals who are living in the community and may benefit from some of the services offered by the centre. Our day programs are goal-specific and usually completed in about three months.
Outreach Program: Designed for individuals who cannot attend appointments at the centre or who need to learn specific skills in their own environment. The average length of this program is also three months.
The specific issues addressed by The Robin Easey Centre include:
- Anger management
- Brain-injury education
- Emotional adjustment
- Family education
- Financial management
- Household management
- Impulse control
- Memory strategies
- Organization and planning
- Problem solving
- Social skills
- Stress management
- Public-transit use
- Vocational preparation
The team encourages family members and significant others to be involved in patient rehabilitation as a means of success. Our team members offer education and support to patients’ families and friends and also welcome feedback about the services provided.
The dedicated staff at The Robin Easey Centre consists of:
- Clinical leader
- Life-skills counsellor
- Night service coordinator
- Occupational therapist
- Social worker
- Vocational rehabilitation counsellor
Professionals from other departments of The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre (TOHRC) are also available for consultation and treatment, as are other community resources, such as physiatry, physiotherapy, speech therapy, nursing, clinical nutrition and recreation support.
Making an Appointment
Referrals are accepted from hospitals, physicians, health-care providers, family members, community services and insurance companies. We also accept self-referrals. Once a referral is received:
- The Acquired Brain Injury admissions coordinator reviews the referral
- The care stream physiatrist (doctor who specializes in rehabilitation) refers the patient to the most appropriate service or discipline(s)
- Patients are placed on a waiting list for admission
- Patients are triaged for admission based on their referral timeline, level of urgency, readiness and services required
We accept referrals from the counties of:
- Ottawa Carleton
- Western Quebec (inpatient treatment only)
Please note: While community-based services are limited to the counties listed, people from other areas will be considered for admission to inpatient services.
For further information, please contact:
Admissions Coordinator for REC and BRS Outreach
Acquired Brain Injury Care Stream
The Robin Easey Centre
125 Scrivens St., Ottawa, ON, K2B 6H3
Tel.: (613) 726-1558
Fax: (613) 726-1764