Brain injuries can happen for a multitude of reasons such as strokes, car accidents, sports or other health-related situations. Each year in Canada, more than 20,000 people are hospitalized for traumatic brain injuries, and about 6,500 people in British Columbia suffer strokes each year. Many brain injuries are not visible, but they can have a serious effect on an individual’s ability to live a healthy life. Although living with a brain injury brings monumental challenges, the month of June is designated to bring awareness to the effects and prevalence of brain injuries as well as the support available to people who may need it.
The goal of the British Columbia Brain injury Association (BCBIA) is to improve the lives of people living with an acquired brain injury as well as to help educate people without an injury as how best to support brain injury survivors. BCBIA has partnered with many foundations all over BC, so finding resources close to you is an easier process.
The Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia (SRABC) focusses specifically on supporting people who have had a stroke and they offer programs and resources for people throughout the province. SRABC has continued to operate throughout the Covid-19 pandemic by moving many of its programs online, with plans to move back to in-person programs eventually. In addition to programs to improve mobility and language recovery following a stroke, SRABC offers social support and strives to empower survivors to live fulfilling lives post-stroke.
Another valuable resource is March of Dimes Canada’s Brain Injury Services operating out of BC, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario. March of Dimes is a non-profit organization whose aim is to help individuals “regain their purpose and become as independent as possible.” The organization’s Brain Injury Services provides rehabilitation and social support services tailored to the needs of the individual and include physical rehabilitation, community outreach services that tackle task specific activities of daily living, and adult day programs that help address the social, cognitive, physical and emotional skills that may have been affected by a brain injury.
Recovering from a brain injury can be a lengthy and slow process but it doesn’t need to happen alone. The resources mentioned above are only some of the services available in BC as well as the rest of Canada. We can all do our part and become more informed about supporting those who have experienced a brain injury.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury which you believe may be due to medical negligence, contact Pacific Medical Law. We have extensive experience in brain injury cases and are committed to helping those who have suffered these types of injury maximize their recovery.