Acquired Brain Injury
An acquired brain injury (ABI) is the result of damage to the brain by injury or illness. A blow to the head, disease, infection, lack of oxygen, penetration of the skull, violent shaking (e.g., whiplash), and substance abuse can all cause an ABI.
The actual injury to the brain results when bruising, bleeding, swelling, fever, lack of blood/oxygen, shearing/tearing of cells, and/or increased pressure occurs.
Acquired brain injury is a generic term referring to damage to the brain that occurs after birth and is not related to a congenital disorder, a developmental disability or degenerative disease. The term does not refer to brain injuries induced by birth trauma.
Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) Acquired Brain injury Services
Members of the SHA ABI team are experienced and knowledgeable in the area of brain injury and represent various professional backgrounds. The team is community based and customized based on the goals and needs of the client. Individual and family support is provided to people with acquired brain injury so that they may live successfully in their communities with improved quality of life.
This support includes:
- return to work
- return to school
- support for independent living
- education about brain injury
- connection with services in the community
- help finding meaningful activity.
ABI Services accepts self-referrals as well as those from families, health facilities, physicians, nurse practitioners, rehabilitation programs, professional support services, schools or community agencies.
For more information regarding services provided in Saskatchewan and more resources about brain injury please visit ABI Partnership Project or call directly to a program.
Saskatchewan Health Authority ABI Services Contacts:
Saskatchewan South ABI Outreach Team
Saskatchewan Central ABI Outreach Team
Saskatchewan North ABI Outreach Team
Prince Albert, SK
Swift Current Coordinator
Moose Jaw Coordinator