It’s hard to believe that fall officially arrives this weekend. While the leaves are falling, the sun is still shining, and temperatures remain enjoyable, which we will certainly take for as long as we can! As we start to wrap up our final Charity Spotlights of the year, we are excited to share with you about the work that Brain Care Centre provides to our community. Keep reading to find out more about their organization, and ways you can support their efforts.
About Brain Care Centre
Brain Care Centre is a non-profit organization, that operates out of Edmonton and Edson, Alberta. It provides programs and services to adults, who have sustained acquired brain injuries, and their support systems. If you have sustained an acquired brain injury, we are here to help you work toward goals and rediscover your identity.
What is an acquired brain injury?
According to the World Health Organization, an acquired brain injury is damage to the brain that happens after birth and isn’t linked to a degenerative disease. There are two different kinds of brain injuries (traumatic and non-traumatic). These can occur in various ways; from car accidents, falls, and sports injuries, to violent crimes.
The brain is an extremely complex organ, and every brain injury is different. This means that each person who sustains a brain injury has a unique experience, with different symptoms and varying levels of severity. Acquired brain injuries can change how a person functions physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially. Sustaining a brain injury can affect anything from difficulty swallowing and keeping balance, to issues with memory and problem solving.
Anyone can acquire a brain injury at any time. No one can ever be fully prepared to cope with suddenly living with one, or unexpectedly becoming a caregiver. At Brain Care Centre, they understand the many challenges people face, and are here to help however possible.
Brain Care Centre services
Life with an acquired brain injury is a complex journey to navigate, but Brain Care Centre has a variety of services to help clients, and their caregivers, every step of the way.
One such service includes Brain Care Centre’s Concussion Recovery Program. This is a 6-week group program designed for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of concussion or mild traumatic brain injury and is facilitated by an occupational therapist and counsellor. A support group is also available for those who want to connect with others going through a similar experience. As awareness of the long-term impacts of concussion grow, so does the demand for Brain Care Centre’s services. You can show your support by donating to their Concussion Campaign by visiting their website.
How can you help?
If you love to travel, and want to support a fantastic cause, be sure to check out the Gateway Raffle. The grand prize is a roundtrip flight for two guests to any regularly scheduled and marketed WestJet destination! To find out more, or to purchase tickets, please click here. Sales end on October 31, 2023.
We want to thank Brain Care Centre for the support and services they provide to those living with, and those who love, an individual with an acquired brain injury.