Acquired Brain Injury Program (ABI)

Acquired Brain Injury Program - photosThe Acquired Brain Injury Program is a 20 bed inpatient program which is located in the Tyndall Building in Areas 1 and 2.

The ABI Program provides an intensive rehabilitation and discharge focus. The interdisciplinary team works toward patient-driven goals using a psychosocial/physical rehabilitation approach. Team members establish and maintain strong linkages with community resources in order to maintain viable discharge options. The Program partners with family and caregivers in planning and addresses the medical, psychological, vocational, social, emotional, psychiatric, recreational and spiritual needs of patients.

The ABI Program is committed to maximizing independence and quality of life for patients while promoting empowerment on the road to recovery. This is accomplished through an individualized person-centered approach and an interdisciplinary delivery of care. The goal is to return all patients diagnosed with an acquired brain injury to a community setting.

Admission Criteria

  • Admission to the ABI Program is by referral. An interdisciplinary Intake Team assesses referrals and oversees admissions to the program. Admission to the inpatient program is based on the following factors:
  • Resident of Manitoba
  • Ages 18-64
  • Non-progressive brain injury acquired as an adult
  • Medical evidence of a moderate to severe acquired brain injury that is not associated with a progressive neurological disorder or degenerative brain disease. ABI may include trauma, vascular, one-time toxic events, anoxia, infection and tumor
  • Medically stable, fully recovered from acute medical condition, and does not require mechanical ventilation
  • Indicates a desire to get better with documented evidence of participation in rehabilitation/therapy programs
  • Able to follow 1-step commands
  • Potential discharge site identified
  • Requires an extended stay to under-go complex rehab in inpatient setting
  • Those with a diagnosis of developmental disability are not eligible

  • Acquired Brain Injury - Program Referral Form - PDF version arrow

Acquired Brain Injury Transitional Residence

Currently on hold due to COVID-19 – no referrals will be accepted for the ABI Transitional Residence at this time.

The five-bed Transitional Residence is located at 604 Vaughan Avenue in the City of Selkirk. This specialized program provides community-based rehabilitation consisting of transitional accommodation, support, and skill teaching in order to maximize abilities for independent community living.

Eligibility and Admission Criteria

Persons may be admitted to the ABI Transitional Residence directly from the community or on pass from the ABI Inpatient Program as appropriate. An interdisciplinary Intake Team assesses referrals in order to determine eligibility and identify the potential for positive benefits from active rehab.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Resident of Manitoba
  • Age 18-64 years
  • Non-progressive brain injury acquired as an adult
  • Medically stable, does not require mechanical ventilation
  • Ability and demonstrated desire to actively participate in rehab
  • Ability to transfer and mobilize independently (with or without mobility aids)
  • Ability to self-administer required medications
  • Discharge environment clearly identified

Admission Criteria:  

  • Diagnosis of non-progressive moderate-severe brain injury
  • 18 years or older, fully recovered from acute medical condition
  • Assessment provided by neuropsychologist or post-acute ABI services demonstrating evidence that the individual has potential to live independently
  • Requires intensive rehab and support based on individualized functional goals
  • Unable to live independently in community without rehab, but not requiring inpatient service
  • Those with psychiatric or co-occurring psychiatric/substance use diagnosis will not be excluded
  • Those with diagnosis of developmental disability are not eligible

Discharge criteria are individualized and based on the attainment of functional goals which enables independent living in previously identified discharge environment.

If a resident is unable or unwilling to participate in rehab they will be discharged to the identified discharge environment, or other appropriate placement.


For more information, please contact:

Lynn Luining, Program Manager
Phone: 204-482-1676