ABI Information for Patients

Everyone’s experience after a concussion is different. Symptoms of a concussion can be physical, mental, behavioural and/or emotional. Some symptoms happen right after the injury to the brain. Some can develop or get worse over time. These are known as persistent symptoms. Eighty per cent of people with a concussion fully recover; twenty per cent have on-going symptoms.

If you have been diagnosed with a concussion and have on-going symptoms, you are not alone. Parkwood Institute's Acquired Brain Injury programs and services provide strategies to help patients get back to life and focus on:

ABI patient education toolkit

MyBrainPacer App

My Brain Pacer logo

Much like points tracking used by dieters to monitor food choices, through MyBrainPacer™ App, users can assign values to tasks like driving, grocery shopping, screen use and exercise so they can plan and pace their daily activity. Individual users are given a total number of points per day that will keep their symptoms in the “safe range” and are encouraged to increase their points as their recovery progresses. The concept, based from St. Joseph’s Pacing and Planning Program, has helped hundreds of St. Joseph’s rehabilitation patients achieve their recovery goals. MyBrainPacer™ was made possible through generous donations to St. Joseph's Health Care Foundation.

Use the MyBrainPacer app

View a step-by-step guide to add the MyBrainPacer App to your home screen

iPhone

1. Tap the "Share" icon at the bottom of your web browser

2. Tap "Add to Home Screen"

3. Tap "Add"

4. You're done! The icon will now appear on your home screen

Android - Option 1

exact appearance may vary depending on your device

1. Tap the Menu icon on your web browser

2. Tap "Add page to"

3. Tap "Home screen"

4. Tap "ADD". The icon will now appear on your home screen

Android - Option 2

exact appearance may vary depending on your device

1. Tap the Menu icon on your web browser

2. Tap "Add to Home Screen"

3. Tap "ADD"

4. The icon will now appear on your home screen

Download a step-by-step guide with pictures for adding the MyBrainPacer™ App to your home screen

View a step-by-step video guide to the MyBrainPace™ app.

Patient Handouts

Concussion Care Video Series

The Concussion Care Video Series includes videos with tips and tricks from St. Joseph's ABI Program health care team on how to manage persistent concussion symptoms and testimonials of lived experience from former patients.

 

Podcast series

Mindfulness Exercises

This podcast series will help to bring awareness to your breath and refocus your attention with the goal of helping to manage stress, reduce anxiety, and feel more energized. Since most mindfulness exercises are simple and short, they can be used anywhere and are especially helpful during times of transition or when you need to rest your brain to prepare for your next activity. 

Where to listen - available on Apple, Google or Spotify Podcasts.