The Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) has been asked to participate in the distribution of $5,000.00 annually from a fund created by Headway Homes (Niagara) Inc. to enhance the lives of people in a slow to recover state following a Brain Injury. The conditions of the fund are as follows:
The person is an individual medically diagnosed as slow-to-recover (STR) following brain injury and either the individual and/or their family caregiver require specific financial assistance. STR refers to those individuals who do not show an extended period of fast-paced natural recovery soon after injury. Changes in their physical and/or cognitive recovery develop slowly and with minimal changes from day to day and month to month. It includes two functional patterns: inconsistently responsive and hard-to-place multineed.
The individual’s status can also be described as associated with the following Rancho-Los Amigos Levels of Cognitive Functioning: Levels II – III (inconsistently responsive) or Level V (hard-to-place multineed). The individual also requires 24 hour nursing services and is non-independently mobile.
Items that may be considered appropriate for funding consideration are items that would directly improve the quality of life of the individual living with the brain injury. Requests for funds to be directed towards administrative activities or items that will not be directly used with the individual will not be considered. Requests from family caregivers may include conference registration fees or alternative activities of learning that would support their continued role with the individual living with the brain injury.
The first priority will be to assist individuals from Niagara and then Ontario, Canada.
If you or someone you know is the principal caregiver for someone who meets the above criteria please fill out the application form below. All application forms must include the signature of a Registered Health Care Professional familiar with the individual in the slow to recover state. All applications will be acknowledged and kept in strictest confidence.
If you require further information please contact:
Tammy Dumas, Associate Director, OBIA
For more information about the journey of Headway Homes or for details about making a donation to the Headway Homes fund, please visit the website at www.headwayhomes.org.