We Understand Your Challenges
Understanding how you or your family can best address your cognitive challenges can be a long, complex journey. Thought our conversations with clients facing a variety of cognitive issues, we know that improving your quality of life is the primary goal. Unfortunately, this focus and outcome is often lost in the current range of rehabilitation services provided.
Finding evidence-based client-focused care: Currently, there is limited access to leading practice cognitive care, and limited publicly available knowledge of these leading practices to help you make informed decisions.
Challenges in self-managing integrated care: You may be advised to follow an integrated care plan, but the complex needs and challenges you and your family may be facing can make implementation very difficult, without the support, effective care tracking, and expertise to manage at home.
Using the world-renowned BrainEx™ program, which focuses on higher order cognitive rehabilitation, ABI Wellness targets four areas of the brain that are responsible for executive functioning. Three exercises – Symbol Thinking, Nonverbal Thinking, and Predicative Speech – help to restore the ability to organize, plan and set goals, in addition to building cognitive capabilities in verbal memory, verbal retrieval, reasoning, and enhancing overall self-awareness.
ABI Wellness licenses a unique and interdisciplinary four-pillar program that focuses on changing the brain to improve higher order cognitive and related behavioural functions during the post-acute phase of recovery. These four pillars – higher order cognitive rehabilitation, aerobic exercise, mindfulness and quality of life tracking – are recommended for individuals, age eight to end of life, experiencing acquired brain injuries as it emphasizes cognitive, physical and emotional healing.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia’s Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health have studied the impact of our program, using patients that live with traumatic brain injuries. The preliminary results revealed that the brain has an incredible capacity to change, adapt and grow through interdisciplinary programs that offer intervention and stimulation of existing cognitive functions.
The Four Pillars of ABI Wellness
Using the world-renowned BrainExTM program that focuses on higher order cognitive rehabilitation, ABI Wellness targets four areas of the brain that are responsible for executive functioning. Three exercises – Symbol Thinking, Nonverbal Thinking and Predicative Speech – help to restore a patient’s ability to organize, plan and set goals, in addition to building cognitive capacities in verbal memory, verbal retrieval, reasoning and enhancing overall self-awareness.
Research has proven that exercise and physical activity can regulate mood and anxiety in patients with cognitive issues, so aerobic exercise plays a vital role in enhancing improvement. Aerobic exercise, as an integral part of ABI Wellness’s programs, prepares the brain for more effective higher order cognitive rehabilitation, and studies have shown that aerobic exercise alone has been found to improve mood and executive functioning.
Fatigue can impact an individual’s ability to function in daily life, but mindfulness has proven to reduce depressive symptoms, overall stress and fatigue. In addition to depressive symptoms, mindfulness can also decrease pain intensity and increase energy levels. With a deep appreciation of all the benefits of mindfulness, ABI Wellness’s programs includes 10-15 minutes of guided meditation each day.
Interdisciplinary Health Tracking
Utilizing automated tools to deliver up-to-the-minute client activity and satisfactory tracking, ABI Wellness’s focus is on interdisciplinary health through quality of life tracking, which allows facilitators to monitor changes in clients’ daily lives throughout treatment.
ABI Wellness delivers evidence-based interventions through a state-of-the-art tablet platform. The software is easy to use and all cognitive exercises are completed in combination with professional support. We offer half-day and part-time programs, cognitive enhancement programs, facilitator training, certification, counselling, and speaking engagements.
This program is a comprehensive approach to addressing cognitive deficits through cognitive training, aerobic exercise, mindfulness practice, and holistic health tracking. Based on each client’s learning profile, an individualized program of targeted exercises is designed to address four cognitive areas involved in reasoning, memory, executive functioning, attention, and planning. Half-Day clients must spend a minimum of four 40-minute periods per day on cognitive exercises at the program site, with a minimum aggregate of three hours and 20 minutes per cognitive exercise each week (comprised of one 40-minute period per day for five days a week). Half-day clients undergo updated assessments after six months for the cognitive areas addressed in that period.
For people who cannot commit to the significant time required for the half-day program, we offer a more flexible part-time program. Clients in the part-time program address two cognitive areas. Each client must spend a minimum of two 40-minute periods per day on cognitive exercises at the program site, with a minimum aggregate of three hours and 20 minutes per cognitive exercise each week (comprised of two 40-minute periods per day for five days a week).
It is recommended that clients participate in a 30-minute period of aerobic exercise the day before cognitive training.
Cognitive Enhancement Program
This program provides significant enhancement to participant’s cognitive function and helps to overcome deficits that can affect quality of life.
The cognitive function is involved in processing concepts – understanding what we read and hear, logical reasoning, connections between ideas, cause and effect processing mathematical reasoning.
Clients in the Cognitive Enhancement Program must spend minimum of four to six hours per week on the cognitive exercises at the program site.
Learn more about our accessible at home program options.
“It was a little bit like the first time you’ve been seen or heard clearly… It made me feel like there is something I can do and [ABI Wellness] understands what I’m going through, since they have seen it before and they have resources that I can really benefit from… It was about six weeks in… where I started to notice some benefits from the program. I could sit down and have a conversation in a meeting and really anchor my thoughts – I knew what I wanted to say, I could understand what was going on in the conversation and could keep track of [the conversation] over a period of time – that was something that was really meaningful to me.”
Former Client & Strength and Conditioning Coach
Why ABI Wellness? Benefits to Patients/Family
Research-focused, integrated program serving major cognitive impairment treatment areas: ABI works closely with researchers at the UBC Faculty of Medicine to derive and practice its innovative care program that covers the key areas proven to improve brain function: cognitive training for executive functions, physical conditioning, and mindfulness.
Interdisciplinary care on-site, with access to specialized cognitive rehabilitation: ABI has a proven model of working with individuals with chronic cognitive deficits of mild to moderate severity to provide a tailored interdisciplinary program that adjusts to your specific needs and where you are in your journey. We have embedded the BrainEx™ program with a specific focus on improving higher order cognition.
Live-tracking quality of life within a community setting: Through our experience, we have learned that quality of life is the top priority for our clients and families, and our programs are tailored to addressing these needs, and live-tracking the outcomes. This benefit is expanded through the design and setting of the care provided, where you can work on your goals collaboratively with trained facilitators who will help you on every step of your cognitive recovery journey.