Acquired Brain Injury Rehab

For patients with primary diagnoses of traumatically acquired brain injury resulting in functional limitations.

The referral process

The ABI program addresses the rehabilitation needs of patients with neurological impairments and disabilities related to traumatic injuries of the brain.  Individuals with other pathologies such as tumours, infections and anoxic damage may be admitted if they demonstrate potential to benefit from the program’s specialized resources.  

Admission of a patient to the Riverview Health Centre Acquired Brain Injury Program is initiated by written application by a physician to the regional Rehab/Geriatrics Program Coordinated Entry Office (Fax: (204) 947-9964).  Requests for additional information will be made of the referral source as necessary.

Objectives of the Program

  • To provide specialized and coordinated interdisciplinary team assessment, planning, care and treatment approaches with an emphasis on continuity of care from the acute stage to active rehabilitation and follow-up after discharge.
  • To respond to referrals and complete assessments within the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority hospital sites, and be available as a contact for patients residing in the rural areas of Manitoba, Nunavut and Northwestern Ontario. 
  • To offer a holistic approach to meeting patient needs, including but not necessarily limited to physical, cognitive, behavioural, emotional, social and community functioning.
  • To encourage and support research in various aspects of rehabilitation for individuals affected by acquired brain injuries, thereby improving the quality of services provided.
  • To provide educational programs for the patients/families/team members and appropriate stakeholders.

Components of the Program

Patients will be assessed and provided with treatment and care by an interdisciplinary team.  Treatment programs are established and patient progress is monitored at regular intervals.  Treatment programs typically address the areas of:

  • Physical functioning
  • Cognitive functioning
  • Behavioural and emotional functioning
  • Social and community functioning

About the Unit

The Acquired Brain Injury Program is located on 4 West, a 10-bed unit.  Patients have private bedrooms, each with their own bathroom.  There is a communal dining area and lounge for use by patients and families.  Therapy programs are primarily provided off the unit in a central rehabilitation treatment area.   Dependent on patient needs the program will provide or have consultative services from:

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Home Care
  • Laboratory
  • Medical Specialists
  • Nursing   
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Orthotics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Pharmacy 
  • Rehabilitation Engineering for special devices
  • Neuropsychology
  • Respiratory Therapy 
  • Speech and Language Pathology
  • Social Work
  • Spiritual Care 

Your Questions

How can I receive Rehab Services at Riverview?

We are part of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) rehab/geriatrics program coordinated entry system. Riverview offers stroke and acute brain injury rehabilitation. If you need rehab from a full team of rehab clinicians (doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech language pathologists, and others) and do not require acute care hospitalization, you can be referred to the regional system by your physician. As beds become available, Riverview receives candidate applications from the system. Where more than one centre offers rehab, this centralized process helps ensure that you go to an available rehab bed as quickly as possible.

Learn more about how this works:


For more information on this program, contact the Patient Care Manager at:

(204) 478-6135

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