Head Injury Rehabilitation Ontario - formerly BISH

Head Injury Rehabilitation Ontario - formerly BISH ACQUIRED BRAIN INJURY REHABILITATION
HIRO provides a promise of hope and a path to a more able and fulfilling life after an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). We’re proud to have the experience needed to support people with moderate to severe ABI in the community. For over 30 years, we have been committed to working with acquired brain injury survivors and their families to address the challenges they face with dignity, respect and expertise.

HIRO is unique in its ability to provide evidence-based, client and family centered ABI rehabilitation care in the community. We work with clients and their families to achieve goals that are meaning for them, throughout our continuum of care, from six residential care homes, to transitional living apartments and to community services including group as well as outreach. HIRO serves people from across Ontario through services in Hamilton, Burlington, Niagara, St. Catharines, Haldimand and Brant regions.

Mission: Head Injury Rehabilitation Ontario offers individuals with an acquired brain injury opportunities for education, community integration and increased independence through innovative goal-oriented services.

It's a beautiful day outside, but not everyone has the ability to get out.  The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy...
04/01/2020
Virtual Forest Therapy Walks

It's a beautiful day outside, but not everyone has the ability to get out.

The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy Certified Forest Therapy Guides are offering LIVE virtual forest therapy walks. These walks are opportunities to connect to others, self, and the beauty of nature.

Sign up for a nature walk today!

https://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/virtual-forest-therapy-walks

Join Certified Forest Therapy Guides on virtual forest therapy walks during the COVID-19 shelter in place directive. Experience the health benefits of forest therapy and nature connection wherever you are.

Brain Injury Canada
03/31/2020

Brain Injury Canada

As we all practice social/physical distancing, it's important we still stay #TogetherApart.

That's why Brain Injury Canada has created 12 weeks of challenges anyone can try at home! We'll be sharing a new challenge each week, and encourage you to tag us and share your challenge results.

This week's challenge: try a new recipe!

See the details of this week's challenge and upcoming challenges here: https://www.braininjurycanada.ca/challenges-physical-distancing/

Sending a BIG shout out to our frontline HIRO staff and managers for all they are doing to help keep our clients and fel...
03/27/2020

Sending a BIG shout out to our frontline HIRO staff and managers for all they are doing to help keep our clients and fellow colleagues safe and healthy! On behalf of family, friends and the community, we all say 'THANK YOU'.

How great (and true!) is this sign?

Thank you to the community members who are showing support for our staff and doctors during this difficult time. Your encouragement is appreciated. Keep it coming!

Looking for an idea to help stay active and healthy during social distancing and self isolation?  If you have a small st...
03/23/2020
LoveYourBrain Yoga Videos

Looking for an idea to help stay active and healthy during social distancing and self isolation? If you have a small stretch of floor, you can do a little yoga. Yoga is an excellent way to relax and gently move your body. LoveYourBrain has several videos specifically for people living with acquired brain injury. Check them out!

https://www.loveyourbrain.com/yoga-videos

Try out these videos to explore the benefits of yoga and meditation. We have created these videos to make sure that you can still try these practices even if you cannot make it to a yoga studio.

Together, we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and proper hand hygiene. Let's all do ...
03/20/2020

Together, we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 by practicing social distancing and proper hand hygiene. Let's all do our part!

Together, we can slow the spread of COVID-19 by making a conscious effort to keep a physical distance between each other. Social distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. With patience and cooperation, we can all do our part.

RE: COVID-19At HIRO, we always take hand hygiene very seriously because we want to help keep everyone as healthy as poss...
03/14/2020
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

RE: COVID-19

At HIRO, we always take hand hygiene very seriously because we want to help keep everyone as healthy as possible. Right now, there is a new virus in the world called COVID-19 and it is spreading quickly.

We want to do our part to keep our clients and those in our community healthy and to help slow down the spread of the illness so we are making some temporary changes until it is safe for us to meet again:

• Visitors are welcome to connect with clients by phone or video conference; but not in person;
• Group services is closed;
• Residential outings are cancelled, unless medically necessary;
• Outreach clients will connect with staff by phone instead of in person;
• No new admissions to all HIRO services.

HIRO CLIENTS: If you have travelled out of the country or have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, please speak with staff by phone about when you can return to service. At this time, there are many other ways to continue to work on your rehabilitation goals, so please contact HIRO staff for great ideas.

Thank you for your understanding. Together we will do our very best to keep people healthy and safe!

For more information about COVID-19 in Ontario, visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus

Learn about how the Ministry of Health is preparing for the 2019 novel coronavirus in Ontario. Find out how to protect yourself, what to do if you’re sick after you travel and how to recognize possible symptoms. Get information in other languages Contact Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or you...

A wheelchair swing is on its way to Gage Park!Thanks to Rebecca Shea, HIRO Night Facilitator, who spearheaded the effort...
02/26/2020

A wheelchair swing is on its way to Gage Park!

Thanks to Rebecca Shea, HIRO Night Facilitator, who spearheaded the efforts back in August by launching an online fundraising campaign. In November, the city's public works committee agreed to provide $50,000 for the special amenity.

As of today, all equipment has been purchased and the construction is set to start this May!

Photo: Ward 3 Coun. Nrinder Naan and Rebecca Shea at November City Public Works meeting.

For more information about the campaign, check out the article below:
https://www.thespec.com/news-story/9676689-wheelchair-swing-on-its-way-to-gage-park-after-citizen-led-campaign/

A serious health problem is running rampant in the homeless population, but it's not a contagious virus or an issue with...
02/25/2020
Study finds half of homeless have a traumatic brain injury

A serious health problem is running rampant in the homeless population, but it's not a contagious virus or an issue with drugs.

A stunning number of people experiencing homelessness have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Health experts believe managing those TBI's could be key to helping people get off the streets.

https://komonews.com/news/local/study-finds-half-of-homeless-have-a-traumatic-brain-injury

A serious health problem is running rampant in the homeless population, but it's not a contagious virus or an issue with drugs. A stunning number of people experiencing homelessness have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Health experts believe managing those TBI's could be key to helping peop...

Watching the February snow fall is a beautiful sight, but it can also be a reminder that winter means many things to dif...
02/14/2020

Watching the February snow fall is a beautiful sight, but it can also be a reminder that winter means many things to different people. For some people, this can be a reminder of their solitude and disconnection from others and present further hesitation to leave the home, both mentally and physically.

It is with the support of one of our donors that we are able to provide bus passes for our clients in the Norfolk region to help decrease isolation in this rural community. Thank you to NETRA (Norfolk Equestrian Trial Riders Association) for your generous gift to help increase socialization, support rehabilitation goals and provide a means to connect our clients with the agency and the community outside of their home.

NETRA’s donation was raised from a fundraising event this past summer, which featured a guided tour on horseback, teaching participants control and various maneuvers to avoid obstacles that may be encountered during trial riding. Somerleigh, Case Facilitator at HIRO, joined the event and provided information to riders on head injuries, and discussed the importance of protecting your head while riding.

For more information on NETRA and their upcoming events, visit their FB group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NETRA2013/

Beyond excited for Rebecca, HIRO Night Facilitator, and her initiative to help retailers re-think their storefront displ...
01/28/2020
Inclusive window displays - CHCH

Beyond excited for Rebecca, HIRO Night Facilitator, and her initiative to help retailers re-think their storefront displays when it comes to inclusivity.

Check out her spot on CHCH to learn more about her inspiring idea!

https://www.chch.com/inclusive-window-displays/

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12/09/2019

Head Injury Rehabilitation Ontario - formerly BISH's cover photo

Head Injury Rehabilitation Ontario - formerly BISH's cover photo
11/29/2019

Head Injury Rehabilitation Ontario - formerly BISH's cover photo

10 years ago today we opened our doors at our Campden Heights Residence and welcomed our first client. Today we are cele...
11/16/2019

10 years ago today we opened our doors at our Campden Heights Residence and welcomed our first client. Today we are celebrating all of the hard work, strength and perseverance of the many clients who passed through our doors and those who are with us today! A big thank you to the wonderful staff over the years who have support the clients on their recovery journeys. Cheers to another 10 years!!! 🙌

Huge congratulations to our HIRO team Stacie, Behaviour Therapist; Sonia, Resource Nurse; Jane, Social Worker; and Beth ...
11/15/2019

Huge congratulations to our HIRO team Stacie, Behaviour Therapist; Sonia, Resource Nurse; Jane, Social Worker; and Beth Recreation Therapist for their presentation "An interdisciplinary approach to behavioural programming: How to play nice with others" at the Ontaba Conference yesterday! Such a great opportunity to showcase how different disciplines are working together to improve client care.

Enjoying our day at Ontario Brain Injury Assoc conference! Spreading the news about our services and handing out some HI...
11/07/2019

Enjoying our day at Ontario Brain Injury Assoc conference! Spreading the news about our services and handing out some HIRO swag. Come and chat with us 🙌

Beyond excited that we had the opportunity to host some Gr. 9 students for 'Take Our #KidsToWork Day' and support career...
11/07/2019

Beyond excited that we had the opportunity to host some Gr. 9 students for 'Take Our #KidsToWork Day' and support career exploration! These 4 students spent the day learning about acquired brain injuries, participating in rehabilitation activities with the clients and chatting with staff about the various roles we play to support clients on their recovery journey.

Looking forward to next year to help our youth explore the world of work!
The Learning Partnership Canada

Brock University and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre partnered on a research project aimed to improve long-term care f...
10/10/2019
Brock project aims to improve long-term care for veterans and brain injury patients

Brock University and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre partnered on a research project aimed to improve long-term care for veterans and brain injury patients through a 20-part video series.

Sunnybrook Professional Practice and Education Leader, Leanne Hughes, said when the final videos were shown to those working with veterans suffering from dementia and patients dealing with brain injuries, the staff were impressed with how accurate they were in reflecting the situations they deal with.

Full article and access to the video series are provided in the link below.

https://brocku.ca/brock-news/2019/10/brock-project-aims-to-improve-long-term-care-for-veterans-and-brain-injury-patients/

Two Brock University faculty members from seemingly unrelated disciplines have collaborated on a project aimed at improving the relations of those involved in long-term care. Associate Professor of Recreation and Leisure Studies Colleen Whyte, and Professor of Dramatic Arts Joe ...

Sending a big thank you to Dr. Michelle Peris - Dr. Mom, ND, clinic director of The Poppy Clinic, for sharing her knowle...
09/23/2019

Sending a big thank you to Dr. Michelle Peris - Dr. Mom, ND, clinic director of The Poppy Clinic, for sharing her knowledge and experience about health education, women’s empowerment and the value of positive social relationships at our Women2Women’s group today. Dr. Peris believes that connection is essential for optimal health and she is passionate about helping women of all ages, and life stages listen to their bodies and tune into the wisdom inside. The clients felt inspired to listen and share their personal experiences which supported positive social connections.

“…He is among staff that can guide him with skills to be the best new version of himself and bring new meaning to his ne...
09/17/2019

“…He is among staff that can guide him with skills to be the best new version of himself and bring new meaning to his new life. Thank you for all you do. It is important work and requires special people.” – Sister of client.

City of Toronto’s Mayor John Tory, proclaims September 17th as “Rehabilitation Day”; recognizing and thanking those who dedicate their lives to helping others through rehabilitation services.

We are grateful to our clinical team and front line staff at HIRO who provide exemplary care to clients every day. Thanks to our clients’ strength and determination, we have years of experience supporting people to achieve goals that are meaningful and important to them.

Click to view the proclamation:
http://www.gtarehabnetwork.ca/uploads/File/News/Rehabilitation_Day_Proclamation.pdf

Are you registered to vote at your current address? You can check by following these easy steps:1. Go to the Elections C...
09/17/2019

Are you registered to vote at your current address? You can check by following these easy steps:
1. Go to the Elections Canada website https://www.elections.ca/
2. Enter your postal code
3. Click on 'Am I Registered to Vote?'
4. Fill in your information.

Let's get ready to vote on October 21st!

Are you registered to vote at your current address? You can check by following these easy steps:
1. Go to the Elections Canada website https://www.elections.ca/
2. Enter your postal code
3. Click on 'Am I Registered to Vote?'
4. Fill in your information.

When someone suffers a brain injury the whole family is affected.  If you have a partner, spouse, child, relative or clo...
09/04/2019

When someone suffers a brain injury the whole family is affected. If you have a partner, spouse, child, relative or close friend with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) it is important to recognize that this situation can be highly stressful to you and it is important to seek support.

The Haldimand Abilities Centre is pleased to offer a program on Tuesday Sept 17 10:30AM-2PM for caregivers of Acquired Brain Injury Survivors.

Please see the attached flyer for more information including registration information.

The Haldimand Abilities Centre is pleased to offer a program on Tuesday Sept 17 10:30AM-2PM for caregivers of Acquired Brain Injury Survivors. Please see the attached flyer for more information including registration information.

Ex-NHLer Joe Murphy, selected by the Detroit Red Wings with the No. 1 overall pick in 1986 and 1990 Stanley Cup winner w...
08/27/2019
Ex-NHLer Joe Murphy is living on the streets again in Kenora, where meth abuse is a full-blown crisis. He says he just wants to be alone | The Star

Ex-NHLer Joe Murphy, selected by the Detroit Red Wings with the No. 1 overall pick in 1986 and 1990 Stanley Cup winner with the Edmonton Oilers, earned more than $13 million while playing 15 seasons in the NHL, is homeless again.

Could his mental health issues, memory loss and emotional instability be caused by repeated blows to the head? Read Murphy’s story.

https://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2019/08/13/ex-nhler-joe-murphy-is-living-on-the-streets-again-in-kenora-where-meth-abuse-is-a-full-blown-crisis-he-says-he-just-wants-to-be-alone.html?li_source=LI&li_medium=star_web_ymbii

How do you help somebody who doesn’t want help? Or won’t accept it? The life of the first pick in the 1986 draft is at the crux of several burning issues: traumatic brain injuries, mental health matters and the ripple effect of concussion lawsuits on professional sports.

Congratulations to our partners at The Haldimand Abilities Centre for a successful Vanstock party; celebrating their new...
08/16/2019

Congratulations to our partners at The Haldimand Abilities Centre for a successful Vanstock party; celebrating their new community van purchased with their awarded Ontario Trillium Grant.

Vanstock, August 15, 2019. What an amazing morning! Thank you to all who came out and joined us. We are pleased to be recipients of an Ontario Trillium Grant that allowed us to purchase our new van! Thank you to the Hagersville Lions for the donation that allowed us to add the decals to the van. Thank you to Ashley Bell for your amazing music. What a groovy time we had playing, singing, dancing and of course eating in the beautiful sunshine!

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225 King William St # 508
Hamilton, ON
L8R 1B1

General information

We offer brain injury rehabilitation services ranging from supervised 24-hour-a-day complex residential care, to transitional living arrangements, to independent living supported by an extensive community services program.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:30 - 16:30
Tuesday 08:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:30
Thursday 08:30 - 16:30
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

Telephone

905-523-8852

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A PROMISE OF HOPE AFTER ABI

We’re proud to have the experience needed to support people with moderate to severe ABI in the community and provide a promise of hope and a path forward after an ABI.

HIRO is unique in its ability to provide evidence-based, client and family centered ABI rehabilitation care in the community. We work with clients and their families to achieve goals that are meaningful for them throughout our continuum of care; from six residential care homes, to transitional living apartments and to community services including group as well as outreach. HIRO serves people from across Ontario through services in Hamilton, Burlington, Niagara, St. Catharines, Brant and Haldimand-Norfolk regions.

Each rehabilitation program is tailored to fit the needs of the client and supported by a network of clinical professionals, care workers, family, friends and community advocates who help facilitate transitions toward greater independence. Our goal is to help our clients realize their full and unique potential. We are a promise of hope after ABI.

Visit our website https://hiro.ca/ to learn more about our approach, services and application process.

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Our amazing group Services students were featured on the Brock Rec and Leisure Instagram page! https://www.instagram.com/p/B0rDo9aphz3/?igshid=3cx3lop7g4ip