Scott Parkinson

Brain Injury Association Peterborough Region

Twenty–seven years ago, on his way home from his job as a pastry chef, a car hit Scott Parkinson. You can only imagine what it might have been like for his immediate family while he was in a coma and no one was able to tell them what his future would be like.

Scott’s mother, April Parkinson, admits that she asked a lot of questions. She says she called the Ontario Brain Injury Association every day. She started local support groups for others who were asking the same questions about traumatic brain injury (TBI). Some of the people in the groups worked with April to start the first brain injury association in the four counties that was incorporated as the Peterborough and District Head Injury Association in 1988.

Ms Parkinson went to a conference where she met a junior law clerk from Thomson, Rogers, who arranged to have Mr. Howie take Scott’s case. Ms Parkinson says: “the firm was very helpful then and throughout the years, not only for Scott’s case but for other people too.”

Scott was in hospital for 2 years and 9 months from the time of the accident. Ms Parkinson notes that Scott relied “solely on immediate family for everything”.

By 1995, the Association was granted government funding to start a community support program for people who couldn’t get out of their homes to get support. Ms Parkinson served as the President for 18 years. She received a Founders’ Award in 2012 along with three other mothers who supported her to push forward the Association and submit proposals for the initial government funding. Now the Founders’ Award is given annually to a parent/parents who make an outstanding contribution to the local brain injury association.

In 2010 under the registered name of Four Counties Brain Injury Association, it received funding from the Central East Local Health Integrated Network to formally start a barrier-free ABI Adult Day Service. By 2013 the association added the registered business name of Brain Injury Association Peterborough Region (B.I.A.P.R.).

ABI Adult Day Service responds to the needs of each individual person. Scott says that he really likes this idea. He says:

“I do things that I like and I choose what I want to do. I’m a pastry chef again. I get to use the (accessible) kitchen with the staff. If I want to make gifts for my family, there is staff to help me. If I feel like computer games I log on easily.”

Scott has lived in a long-term care home for many years. It is hard for him to be there because he is at least 35 years younger than other residents.

Scott summarizes what the Day Service is for him.

Scott says he likes to be (himself), play cards with (my) friends and do things I like. It’s where I love to laugh and joke!

For more information and application for services: www.biapr.ca

 

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Brain Injury Association Peterborough Region

Brain Injury Association Peterborough Region (BIAPR), a registered business name of the Four Counties Brain Injury Association, has served the Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Northumberland communities since 1988. BIAPR is a registered not-for-profit charitable organization primarily funded by the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) through the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

BIAPR started in 1988 as the Peterborough and District Head Injury Association, the first community-based brain injury Association in Peterborough, Victoria County (now Kawartha Lakes), Haliburton and Northumberland. From its origins with support groups in each county for caregivers, the Association has evolved into a dynamic agency that provides a range of supports to a clientele with diverse and complex needs. BIAPR services are designed to form the basis of a comprehensive model of community support service delivery. BIAPR Community Support Services are led by a Community Support Team that begins with a Case Manager/Intake Coordinator’s assessment of the client’s needs. A Client Service Coordinator (CSC) and a Community Support Worker (CSW) make up the outreach team. Services are provided to support individuals that are able to live independently, or are being supported by family in the community. They offer assistance in planning for living arrangements, support for independent living, referrals to other services and ABI Adult Day Services. The CSCs and CSW can also assist individuals in institutions with accessing community activities.

In addition, BIAPR works with clients with complex needs and participates in the Peterborough Health Links Coordinated Care Planning (CCP) initiative.

BIAPR ABI Adult Day Services deliver a specialized program, designed to meet the varied needs and capabilities of individuals living with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). Once an individual with an acquired or traumatic brain injury is assessed and registered in the Day Service, there is an opportunity to try the programs and services according to their needs. Individuals receiving supports in Day Service are then referred to as Members, which continues to be a tradition with the Association.

In 2016 BIAPR and Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) entered into an agreement to provide support to complex clients that are living with brain injury, mental health and addictions. The Central East LHIN is funding the program under the Mental Health and Addictions strategy to provide Rent Supplements and Intensive Case Management resources for seven ABI clients with mental health and additions. Staff from CMHA and BIAPR will work closely together to support clients in meeting their goals and needs.

Brain Injury Association Durham (BIAD) and BIAPR have launched a Transitional Support Program (TSP) in Peterborough through a seed grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). As of July 2016, a Transitional Support worker will work at BIAPR in Peterborough and BIAD will consult and provide direction based on their TSP experience. This seed grant will test the viability of the Transitional Support Program that has been so successful in Durham since 2009 in a new community with those that are living with a cognitive impairment due to illness and/or injury. Referrals can be made directly to the TSP support worker and do not require a confirmed brain injury. The program aims to support those living with cognitive impairment to transition from Ontario Works (OW) to a more permanent, stable source of income - Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

BIAPR strongly recognizes that the impact of brain injury can be devastating not only to the person with ABI, but to the family members, caregivers, friends and their community. It can affect every aspect of life, often resulting in loss of livelihood, isolation, as well as physical, emotional and behavioural changes. As the awareness of brain injury increases, we are committed to supporting individuals directly and indirectly affected by ABI.

If you would like more information about BIAPR services please visit our website at www.biapr.ca or email us at biapr@nexicom.net


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