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HEAD INJURY ASSOCIATION FORT ERIE “EVERY LIFE HAS EQUAL WORTH”
649 Niagara Boulevard Fort Erie 905-871-7789 firstname.lastname@example.org
History Association was formed in 1987 by Shirley Athoe & Jackie Denham Shirley & Jackie were two mothers of survivors Out of their own need ,they organized a support group in Fort Erie They received assistance from family and friends to form a board After receiving a bingo license, the Fort Erie Kinsmen Club assisted them financially in making their dream a reality Today they have approximately 12 clients
MISSION STATEMENT The Head Injury Association of Fort Erie provides the impetus to create community support and services that enable persons who have acquired brain damage and their families to continue, as fully as possible, to participate in a full and active lifestyle.
GOALS Provide support to individuals with head injuries and their families. Provide information and resources for help and rehabilitation. Provide social and recreational activities to individuals and family members. Increase awareness of the problems and needs of persons with head injuries in schools, workplaces and the community in general. Support programs and activities that promote safety awareness and reduce the occurrence of head injuries. To encourage and promote full participation and integration for people who have acquired brain damage, with the intention of independent and interdependent living within our community. Raise funds and enlist volunteers to assist HIAFE in carrying out its goals.
Definition An Acquired Brain Injury is damage to the brain that occurs after birth and is not related to a congenital disorder or degenerative disorder ( such as Alzheimer’s Disease or Multiple sclerosis). The damage may be caused by a traumatic injury to the head or it may be due to non-traumatic causes.
A person with a brain injury may exhibit one or more of the following symptoms (in varying degrees) Loss of senses Distorted perception Physical Disabilities Personality Changes Unaccustomed Behaviour Problems in communicating Difficulty in concentration Lack of motivation Impaired Judgment Fatigue Aphasia Spasticity Paralysis Seizures Memory Deficit Indecisiveness Anxiety Agitation Irritability Restlessness Denial Inability to cope Reduced Attention Span Depression
Head Injury Fort Erie is a therapeutic association that addresses every facet of the clients lives Support Programs Family Client One on one Referral services Survivors’ support group Educational Meetings/ Workshops Literacy program Prevention Social Recreational Programs Swimming Cooking sessions Gardening Money management Computer skills Bowling Cards Bingo Music therapy Movie nights
Benefits Swimming = Physical exercise Cards & Games with rules = Cognitive & Social Skills Social Role Support= Being active in community Cooking & Canning =Life Skills Music =spiritual Benefits Gardening= Independence Literacy Program=Pride & Self –esteem Money Management= Resourceful Skills
Donna SummervilleClient Family Program Coordinator This placement has been very interesting .I have enjoyed working with Donna .She has made every effort to make sure I am given opportunities to learn new skills that will be of use to me in the future.
Value of Placement Used computer skills for fundraising promotions Assisted with special events when needed such as: Christmas Party and Home Tour Facilitated water exercises and created new routines for client Assisted program director with programs in place such as: job mentoring and cognitive activities Assisted with volunteer interviews such as: Relaxation Instructor Created group debriefing questions after fire safety session Interviewed client for recreation Assisted with budget plan with certain programs such as: Fitness program and Christmas Party Assisted with collection of information from client and families for specific needs
Purpose and Goals Among many other things, I was in charge of facilitating the water exercise for a client that was challenged physically. I implemented different exercises that he could do in the water to give him a variety in his routine and focus on different skills and muscle groups. Also I was in charge of a few games with rules. These games were skill testing and promoted imagination and memory prompting.