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ABI TeamThe Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre’s (TOHRC) Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Care Stream provides a range of patient-focused initiatives from the acute care stage to community rehabilitation. Delivering goal-oriented therapeutic assessment and intervention that addresses cognitive, behavioural, psychosocial and physical needs, the goal of the care stream is to maximize function for those with a brain injury.

Care is interdisciplinary, including cognitive and behavioural rehabilitation for patients with severe challenges, and transitional rehabilitation for patients who have independent-living potential.

The ABI Care Stream further aims to:

  • Provide flexible, focused care through a well-organized team
  • Ensure the best results for patients
  • Meet patients’ needs by best directing our resources

Our Services

The ABI Care Stream, offers services in the following areas:

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Inpatient Service (Day hospital and outpatient services)

  • Clinical nutrition
  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Physiatry
  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Therapeutic recreation

Behavioural Rehabilitation Service (BRS)

  • Initial assessment and ongoing support by a physiatrist (doctor who specializes in rehabilitation)
  • Discipline-specific assessment and therapies, including clinical nutrition, nursing, psychiatry, psychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech-language therapy, social work and/or therapeutic recreation
  • Neurocognitive rehabilitation
  • Behavioural assessment and intervention
  • Communicative skills development
  • Training and support with daily-living activities
  • Recreational/leisure skills development
  • Psychosocial counselling
  • Counselling and education on acquired brain injury for clients, families and caregivers
  • Consultation, education and training support for community service providers
  • Community-based rehabilitation by a rehabilitation therapist, under the direction of a regulated health professional
  • Opportunities for the client to regain and maintain an optimal level of physical, cognitive and psychosocial independence based on patient- and family-focused rehabilitation goals

Robin Easey Centre (REC)Links to REC page

  • Anger management
  • Brain injury education
  • Emotional adjustment
  • Family education
  • Financial management
  • Household management
  • Impulse control
  • Memory strategies
  • Organization and planning
  • Problem-solving
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-medication
  • Social skills
  • Stress management
  • Public transit use
  • Vocational preparation

Our Team

The expertise of our dedicated interdisciplinary team includes:

  • Clinical nutrition
  • Clinical pharmacy
  • Life skills counsellor
  • Nursing
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physiatry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation therapist
  • Social work
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Therapeutic recreation

Patient Resources

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 ABI 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:

  • Renfrew
  • Lanark
  • Leeds-Grenville
  • Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry
  • Prescott-Russell
  • 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.

Contact Us

For further information, please contact:

Admissions Triage Nurse for ABI and BRS Inpatient Program
Acquired Brain Injury Care Stream
The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Rd., Ottawa, ON, K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350 ext. 75685
Fax: (613) 733-8336

Admissions Coordinator for REC and BRS Outreach Program
Acquired Brain Injury Care Stream
The Robin Easey Centre
125 Scrivens St., Ottawa, ON, K2B 6H3
Phone: (613) 726-1558 ext. 31
Fax: (613) 726-1764

Please direct inquiries for consultation with the physiatrist, Dr. Shawn Marshall, to:
Nurse Clinician for the ABI Outpatient Clinic
Acquired Brain Injury Care Stream
The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre
505 Smyth Rd., Ottawa, ON, K1H 8M2
Phone: (613) 737-7350 ext. 75406
Fax: (613) 733-8336