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The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre’s (TOHRC) Acquired Brain Injury Care Stream provides a range of patient-centered care from the acute stage to the community. It delivers goal-oriented therapeutic assessment and intervention that address cognitive, behavioural, psychosocial and physical needs. The goal of the care stream is to maximize function in individuals with a brain injury.

Care is interdisciplinary, including cognitive rehabilitation, behavioural rehabilitation for patients with severe behavioural challenges and transitional rehabilitation to independent living for patients who have this potential. The ABI Care Stream aims to:

  • Provide flexible focused care through a well-organized team.
  • Ensure the best results for patients.
  • Direct our resources to best meet patients’ needs.

Our Services

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

Acquired Brain Injury Inpatient Service (Day Hospital and Outpatient Services)

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Physiatry
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Behavioural Rehabilitation Service (BRS)

  • Initial assessment and ongoing support by a physiatrist (physician specializing in physical medicine and 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
  • Communication skills development
  • Training and support with activities of daily living
  • Recreational/leisure skill development
  • Psychosocial counseling
  • Counseling and education about acquired brain injury for clients, families and caregivers
  • Consultation, education and training support for community service providers
  • Community-based rehabilitation provided 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)

  • 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
  • Use of public transit
  • Vocational preparation

Acquired Brain Injury Outpatient Clinic

Our Team

The interdisciplinary team includes, but is not limited to:

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Clinical Pharmacy
  • Life Skills Counsellor
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiatry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Therapist
  • Social Work
  • Speech Language Pathology
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Vocational rehabilitation Counsellor

Patient Resources

Making An Appointment

Referrals are accepted from hospitals, physicians, health care providers, family members, community services, and insurance companies. Self-referrals are also accepted. One a referral is received:

  • The Acquired Brain Injury Admissions Coordinator reviews the referrals.
  • 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 (sorted) for admission considering when they were referred, level of urgency, readiness and the services they require.

Referrals are accepted within the counties of:

  • Renfrew
  • Lanark
  • Leeds and Grenville
  • Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
  • Prescott and Russell
  • Ottawa Carleton
  • Western Quebec (inpatient treatment only)

Please note: Community-based services are limited to the counties listed. People from other areas will be considered for admission to inpatient services.

Contact Us

Please direct inquiries to:
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

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Last updated on: October 27th, 2023