HeadStart app for reintegrating routine

HeadStart is a tool to help caregivers support brain injury survivors by establishing a consistent schedule of reminders for important daily and weekly tasks.

A common symptom of many brain injury survivors is a difficulty remembering to execute simple day-to-day tasks. HeadStart allows caregivers to send survivors reminders to their mobile device through a web-based calendar system.

Proactive, Not Reactive
Brain injuries affect millions of people worldwide every year, resulting in a wide variety of symptoms and challenges that can have a dramatic impact on spouses, friends, family members and often society.

Tools like HeadStart champion a proactive approach to supporting and rehabilitating brain injury survivors. Through the simple scheduling of tasks between a caregiver and a survivor, HeadStart reintegrates routine at a manageable pace.

Learn more and sign up at headstartapp.ca

Useful Websites

Brain Injury Canada (The Brain Injury Association of Canada)
Very informative site. Loads of information on many topics including links and contacts for National, Provincial and Regional societies and associations.

BC Brain Injury Association
The British Columbia Brain Injury Association (BCBIA) is the Provincial organization serving the interests of all affected by Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) in BC.

Traumatic Brain Injury Guide
This on-line book has become the definitive “bible” for brain injury information.
It has an easy to read and understand approach to medical information for the lay person to understand.

The Brain Injury Blog at Webster & Associates.
Q&A – Ask a Brain Injury Lawyer.
Webster & Associates is one of the few Canadian law firms that focuses exclusively on brain and neurological injuries.

Community Brain Injury Program for Children & Youth in British Columbia
The Community Brain Injury Program for Children and Youth in BC (CBIPCY) is a program of the BC Centre for Ability. The BC Centre for Ability is a non-profit organization that provides a continuum of services to children, youth and adults with disabilities.
Anyone in B.C. with questions about a child or youth with brain injuries is welcome to call their information line.
Lower Mainland : 604.451.5511 or Toll Free : 1.877.451.5511

British Columbians have trusted health information at their fingertips with just a phone call or a click away with HealthLink BC.
Just three numbers – 8-1-1 – on the phone or online at www.HealthLinkBC.ca means easy access to non-emergency health information and services. Translation services are available in over 130 languages on request. For deaf and hearing-impaired assistance (TTY), call 7-1-1.
Speak with a nurse about your symptoms, consult with a pharmacist about your medication questions, or get healthy eating advice from a dietitian. You can also find the health services and resources you need, closest to you.
Any time of the day or night, every day of the year, HealthLink BC is as close as your phone or the web 24/7.

Wipe Out: Stories of Brain Injury at BC’s Knowledge network (videos). Wipe Out tells the story of three young men living with permanent brain damage as the result of head injuries they suffered pursuing extreme sports. Through their stories, the documentary explores the science of thrill-seeking, and reveals how cultural forces and ignorance are propelling young men to dangerous new heights.

Brain Injury: What You Need to Know from Teen Mental Health. Specifically for teens and their families

Lash & Associates Publishing / Training, Inc
“We make it easier to understand, treat and live with brain injury in children, adults and veterans.”
Brain Injury Articles, Blog Postings, Family Support Forum, Information Fact Sheets, Survivor Books, Survivor Support Forum, Free PDF Downloads, TBI Help Articles, Traumatic Brain Injury FAQs.

BrainLine is a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI. BrainLine includes a series of webcasts, an electronic newsletter, and an extensive outreach campaign in partnership with national organizations concerned about traumatic brain injury.
BrainLine serves anyone whose life has been affected by TBI. That includes people with brain injury, their families, professionals in the field, and anyone else in a position to help prevent or ameliorate the toll of TBI.

ThinkFirst is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries.

Mayo Clinic on TBI.
Launched in 1995 and now visited by millions of people a month, this award-winning consumer Web site offers health information, self-improvement and disease management tools to empower people to manage their health. Produced by a team of Web professionals and medical experts working side by side, MayoClinic.com gives users access to the experience and knowledge of the more than 3,400 physicians and scientists of Mayo Clinic.

braininjury101.org  – understanding brain injury.
This video uses simple language and images of real people who have sustained a brain injury, as well as medical experts and advocates. Judy Fortin, former CNN anchor and medical correspondent, guides you through important information to help maximize your loved one’s recovery.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as CRPS, is a condition characterized by chronic pain in a specific region of the body, such as the arms or legs. It is called a syndrome due to the fact that the symptoms usually occur all at the same time and the causes are unknown or not clearly.
(Disclaimer: This link is to a lawyers’ website, www.ernstlawgroup.com, and our link to them is for informational purposes only; we have no opinion on their business practice.)

A medical, legal, and informational resource for persons dealing with traumatic brain injury.

Science Daily Brain Injury page.
Source for the latest research news.

Centre for Neuroskills
This is a comprehensive site for education and the latest in research results. Sign up for the electronic newsletter to receive monthly updates.

Brain Injury Resource Center
“This site was designed for those who want to learn about the effects of brain injury in daily life.
It is based on the premise that physically surviving brain injury is just the first step in a lifelong process of adjustment and accommodation.
Our intent is to give you the benefit of our considerable knowledge, skills and talents.
Our mission is to help you avoid some of the unnecessary losses and devastation caused by the effects of brain injury.”…

Fact sheets and FAQs

Some fact sheets & FAQs from various organizations: