Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)

Pathways to Independence specializes in providing services and supports to adults with an acquired brain injury (ABI). These services could be a place to call home or day services designed to support a person living with a brain injury to reintegrate into their community.

Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) is damage to the brain caused after birth and can result from a traumatic or non-traumatic event. It is not related to a congenital or a degenerative disease and usually affects cognitive, emotional, behavioural or physical functioning. ABI is not to be confused with developmental disability or with autistic spectrum disorders

Pathways ABI programs and services are tailored to accommodate individual needs and provide a continuum of care.

Pathways Service Plan supports a person’s rehabilitation and reintegration to the community following a brain injury. In addition to assisting with activities of daily living, Pathways employees actively work with the person to access social networks and community partners to develop and support the implementation of a person’s individualized service plan.


Depending upon the nature of the brain injury, these supports may include:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Behaviour Management
  • Speech Therapy
  • Psychological & Psychiatric Services
  • Nursing
  • Dietician
  • Adult Education or Upgrading
  • Family support
  • Legal Services

We understand the unique needs and requirements of a person living with a brain injury and offer innovative, community based programs and services to support you.

Access to Services Criteria

  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Must provide medical documentation to support the diagnosis

To learn more about ABI services contact Erin Claydon at 613-962-2541 Ext. 300.

“The organization has seen significant growth in its ABI services and is commended on its leadership in developing responsive supports to people living with a brain injury. The new homes in Ottawa and Napanee are state of the art and have been constructed and decorated with a high level of attention to elements that enhance the quality of life for the persons served and positively them as members of their new neighbourhoods.”

CARF Survey Report, Agency Strengths, 2015

Supported Homes

“Pathways provides housing options in safe and accessible neighbourhoods. The persons served shared their pride in ownership and appeared to be comfortable and satisfied in their homes. The organization is complimented for taking into consideration opportunities for community inclusion when selecting locations for new residences.”

CARF Survey Report, Agency Strengths, 2015

Staffed seven days a week, 24 hours a day, Pathways supported homes are caring environments to small groups of people making and sharing a home. Located in both rural and urban communities, supported homes are tailored to meet the physical and social needs of the people we support.

Supported Independent Living (S.I.L.)

Many people with a brain injury are able to live independently with some support in their communities. Pathways Supported Independent Living (SIL) Program assists people to find places to live and our professional staff provide support to clients based on their individual needs.

Pathways services and supports could include assistance with activities of daily living, support with medical services and medication administration, banking and budget management, meal planning & grocery shopping, attending community events, support to re-establish and maintain family relationships, or support with legal proceedings.

People living with a brain injury independently in their community are also supported and encouraged to develop skills in time management, problem solving, memory training and other compensatory strategies to promote independence.

“The SIL program at Pathways is commended for creating innovative solutions with respect to new living opportunities for persons who wish to maintain their independence while continuing as participating members of their community.”

CARF Survey Report, Agency Strengths, 2015

Family Homes

More opportunities, choices, independence, and quality of life are some of the benefits offered to adults with an acquired brain injury when they are able to live with a family home provider.

Following a rigorous approval and matching process that includes assessing shared interests, compatibility, location and access to services, a supported person lives with another family and shares in their lives.

Supported by their natural family and professionals from Pathways to Independence, the Family Home program provides a stable living option to people with developmental disabilities.

Become a Family Home Provider

Community Employment Services

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People with disabilities drive success to an employer’s bottom line:

  • 86% higher employee attendance
  • work 46% harder than average employees
  • 97% above average safety rating, and
  • are 5 times more likely to strive to meet your needs.

Pathways offers employment supports to adults with an acquired brain injury in the workplace. Pathways  Employment Coaches work one on one with clients to ensure that they are qualified to meet an employer’s need and provide ongoing support and coaching on the job.

Find out more about how you can become an Employer of Choice and provide a supportive work environment. Call Pathways Employment Services 613-962-2541.

Respite Services

When capacity allows, Pathways to Independence provides temporary accommodation at a 24 Hour Supported Home or a family home in an emergency or as a break from other living arrangements.

Counselling & Psychiatric Services

Pathways provides access to Assessment, Counselling and Psychiatric services for adults with an acquired brain injury with a referral from their family physician. Pathways clients also have access to Behaviour Therapy Consultation Services to assist in the development and implementation of individualized behaviour strategies to address behaviour concerns.

To learn more about Pathways Counselling & Psychiatric Services, call Susan Miles, 613-962-2541, Ext. 283.

Local Business Employment Partners include:

  • Pizza Hut
  • Dewe’s Independent
  • Giant Tiger
  • Heal for Horses
  • Campbell’s Auto Body
  • Pampered Pooch
  • Bridle Path
  • Hastings Manor
  • Guy Friday
  • The Promise Land
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Humane Society
  • Belleville Thrift Store
  • YMCA Belleville
  • Komputers for Kids
  • Gleaners Food Bank
  • The Salvation Army
  • The Dollar Tree
  • Community Development Council
  • Starbucks
  • The Habitat Restore
  • Kerry’s Place
  • McDougall’s Insurance & Financial
  • Dollar Tree
  • Hastings Manor
  • McQuigge Lodge
  • BGH Hospital Auxillary
  • Belleville Police Services
  • Trevor’s Place
  • Winners
  • The Safety Village
  • Donini Chocolate
  • The Dugout
  • Toys R Us
  • Dundas Detailing
  • Salon U
  • Pathways to Independence

As an employer, our commitment was to open communication with our employee to understand what he needed to be successful. Very little accommodation was required on our part and it did not cost anything to implement. Our employees with disabilities were well trained by Pathways and have been eager to take on new responsibilities. We are proud to be an employer of choice for people with disabilities in our community.”

Welcome to Club ABI

Pathways day program, “Club ABI” operates in Belleville, Quinte West, Renfrew and Ottawa. Designed to assist people living with a brain injury with the opportunity  to establish new social relationships,  build new skills, self-esteem and be themselves.

Club members can be seen at many community events, going on day trips, or volunteering their time and talents to others.

Check out what is happening this month at a Club ABI!

Family Home Provider

What are family homes?

Family homes offer opportunities, independence and enhanced quality of life to adults with an acquired brain injury or developmental disability when they are able to live in a stable, supportive home with a family.

The family home provider program matches an adult with a developmental disability or an acquired brain injury with a family in the community. Following a rigorous assessment and approval process that includes assessing shared interests, compatibility, location and access to services, a supported person lives with the family and shares in their lives.

A family home provider receives compensation, training and professional support from Pathways to Independence. But, more than that, they receive the opportunity to help a person to live more independently in the community. As many of our family home providers will tell you… “the rewards are endless”.

2016 Family Home Provider Billboard
“The Family Home Program’s excellent job of matching, training, and supporting both persons served and the providers has resulted in strong and long term relationships. The availability of the staff members to provide needed supports, both day and night, results in positive outcomes for the person served.”

CARF Survey Report, Agency Strengths, 2015

Selection process and criteria

To ensure everyone’s satisfaction the selection process to become a family home provider is very thorough. Every family home that is a part of the Pathways to Independence Family Home program is assessed against the following criteria:

  • Is your home safe and accessible?
    This will include re safety inspections and accessibility requirements based on the needs of the individual.
  • Is the whole family aware of the implications and willing to welcome an additional person into their home?
  • What kind of lifestyle does the family enjoy and aspire to?
  • Does the family have similar interests and hobbies to the potential resident?
  • How many people are currently living in the home?
  • Are the family members over the age of 18 able to pass a criminal reference check?
  • Reference checks from people who know the family well and can attest to their suit- ability to be a family home provider.

For more information about the Family Home Provider Program, please contact Karen Metcalf 613-962-2541 Ext. 223

The Rewards are Endless

“I just saw something in Ed and thought there’s great potential there and he could be a lot more independent.  I thought we could offer that for him and he would fit into our lifestyle as well.  It was a good match.”

Donna Lott, Pathways Family Home Provider

Read About Ed and His Family Home

Photos by Daniel Vaughan
Article by Jennifer Shea
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