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Halvar Jonson Centre for Brain Injury Inpatient Rehabilitation

Alternate names: BIRP
(Previous names: Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program (BIRP) at Alberta Hospital Ponoka)

The mission - the Halvar Jonson Centre for Brain Injury is committed to optimizing the functional potential of persons with acquired brain injury.

  • Provincial resource that can be accessed by anyone in Alberta who meets the admission criteria
  • 48 inpatient beds for intensive long-term rehabilitation; 5 beds designated for Out of Province patients
  • Serves moderate to severe non-progressive brain injury between the ages of 16 to 65 i.e., traumatic or non-traumatic injuries and stroke
  • Admission guidelines: medically stable, tolerance to participate and the potential to learn and benefit from rehabilitation, requires and interdisciplinary team, consent provided or substitute decision maker named
  • Interdisciplinary team approach may address physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioural, social and community needs
  • Specialized Stroke Streaming Service: 6 month Length of Stay
  • Individualized treatment programs, frequent monitoring, use of Best Practices
  • Specialty services: Swallowing and Meal Management, Spasticity Clinic, Sexual Health Team, Physiatrist consultations
  • Patient, family education and meetings to facilitate community re - integration

Available to

Admission Guidelines:
- Diagnosis confirming non progressive acquired brain injury
- Medically stable
- Age 16 to 65 years (referrals over the age of 65 years will be considered on an individual basis)
- Able to learn and able to participate 
- Requires the services of an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team
- Capacity and consent addressed
- Anticipated discharge location has been considered

Accessing the service - more information:

Referral documentation is reviewed by Physicians.   Pre-admission assessment is completed on appropriate referrals.

Referral needed

How to access this service: - Physician referral required.Referral documentation is reviewed by Physicians. Pre-admission assessment is completed on appropriate referrals. - Referrals are processed by the Admissions Coordinator 403- 783-7839. - Pre-admission assessment by physician - Review and admission decision - Arrangements for admission through Admission Coordinator - Applicants, families and caregivers are encouraged to participate in prearranged tour of the Program.

Application form and supporting documentation is reviewed. (Discuss required documentation with Admissions Coordinator).

Service providers

Interdisciplinary Team consists of: Consulting Physiatrist, General Practitioner, Health Carer Aides, Nurses,Occupational Therapy,Physical Therapy,Psychology,Recreational Therapy, Social Work, Speech Language Pathology, Teachers, Therapy Assistants

Service partners

The Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury - Addictions and Mental Health

Service locations

Please visit the links below for more details about this service at various locations.