Rehabilitation Services

Creating personal success stories...

What compels, drives and motivates me to work at REDI is really about seeing people improve, gain skills, independence and reach their goals. I love working with people and helping them with their rehabilitation needs. Being a part of that process is very rewarding. There have been so many success stories. I worked with a woman who had difficulty with word finding and fluent speech. It was important to her to be able to remember and say her personal information and have others understand what she was saying. She worked on many speech exercises that aided in this goal. She was very determined to do this! Over time, she was able to say her name, address, phone number, date, etc. I will never forget the look on her face when she did this. She was so happy with what she accomplished.

I worked with a young man who dealt with low self esteem, anxiety and depression as a result of his brain injury. He had a tough time in social situations and had to leave college when he had his injury. He worked diligently to complete the BIRS program and rarely missed a session. As he started to feel more comfortable here he began to attend our monthly potlucks as a way to meet others. He began volunteering at a non profit organization and also became a BIRS volunteer at some of our community events. After awhile he was able to seek employment working on files and data entry at an office. He had planned to take a class or two at the college when he finished the BIRS program. This was a big step for him as he didn't know if he would fit in with other students and be able keep up with the class workloads.

When he finished the program I would hear from him now and then and he would let me know how things were going for him. He said that he was keeping busy taking classes, volunteering and working. A few years later he stopped in at BIRS to let me know that he had applied and had been accepted into the social work program. It was great to hear how excited he was about being accepted and he wanted to share that with us. He wanted to say thank you for all the help and encouragement we had given him.

What is BIRS? BIRS supports people with acquired brain injury which means they help people who have experienced a stroke, a concussion, or a severe traumatic brain injury from a fall, an assault or a motor vehicle collision. They work in cooperation with the individual's doctor, physiotherapist, speech pathologist and other practitioners. BIRS is funded Alberta Health Services, Alberta Human Services and the United Way.