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Bellwood Health Services

Concussion & Acquired Brain Injury Support (CABIS)

CABIS is designed to provide evidence-based support to patients with concussions and acquired brain injuries (ABI) who are participating in our Core Addiction and Mental Health, Trauma Recovery, or Mood and Anxiety programs. 

Patients with a concussion or acquired brain injury (ABI) often experience physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioural symptoms that can prevent full participation in inpatient treatment programs for addiction and mental health disorders. The goal of CABIS is to reduce the impact of symptoms and enable patients to fully benefit from our treatment programs.

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Specialized assistance for brain injury sufferers participating in treatment at Bellwood


  • Bellwood Health Services, Toronto
  • Inpatient
  • Varies
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Our Approach to Brain Injury Support

In addition to benefiting from Bellwood’s integrative model of care while enrolled in our primary programs, CABIS participants also receive specialized support, including:

  • Weekly, one-on-one sessions with an occupational therapist.
  • Individual sessions with a primary counsellor who has experience and expertise in concussion and ABI treatment.
  • Psychoeducation focused on self-management practices, such as sleep quality, self care, and energy conservation.
  • Assistance with attending group programming, including support maintaining a new daily schedule, finding one’s way in the building, and understanding and processing information presented in groups.
  • Updates to the patient’s referrer, family members, and community treatment team regarding the patient’s progress.
  • A personalized transition plan for a successful return home after treatment.
  • If the patient needs a personal support worker (PSW) or attendant to help further with self care, the patient is responsible for arranging and financing this.

A Day at Bellwood, Edgewood Health Network’s Home in Toronto

Our medical experts carefully design every aspect of the Bellwood experience to provide patients with the greatest opportunity for recovery. This is what a day at Bellwood might look like in our CABIS Program.

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Morning
Before attending an educational lecture on sleep hygiene, you’ll enjoy a healthy, chef-prepared breakfast. You’ll also have time to set an intention for your day and exercise, if it’s part of your care plan.
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Afternoon
After a delicious lunch, you’ll work one-on-one with an occupational therapist to relearn and develop compensatory strategies for practical functions you lost due to your brain injury.
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Evening
If needed, your PSW will assist you during dinner time. You’ll wrap up the day by attending a group support meeting led by a licenced counsellor, where you’ll learn about energy conservation tactics and self care practices.
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About Bellwood

Part of EHN Canada, Bellwood Health Services is Toronto’s premier addiction treatment centre and has been guiding recoveries for nearly 40 years. Our founder, Dr. Gordon Bell, was a pioneer and innovator in addiction treatment in Canada, and we continue his tradition of innovation and excellence. We are a licensed, private hospital and are proud to be affiliated with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Sunnybrook Hospital, and the University of Toronto’s Department of Psychiatry. Nestled amidst lush Sunnybrook Park, our centre’s tranquil location provides an ideal environment for healing.

Related Programs

Concussion and Acquired Brain Injury Support is only available alongside one of our primary treatment programs. Learn more about getting help for addiction, trauma, and anxiety and mood disorders at Bellwood.