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The Cridge Brain Injury Services offers two levels of support to brain injury survivors who are ready for more independent living.
Mary Cridge Manor (MCM), is part of The Cridge Brain Injury Services. The building is situated in an ideal location and is within walking distance to public transportation, amenities, and downtown. The building has eight units dedicated for transitional living with support for survivors of brain injury.
Mission of MCM
With respect for the full autonomy and dignity of brain injury survivors, we aim to enhance their quality of life, facilitate the achievement of their goals and maximize their independence. Through the development of personalized programs we strive to provide the best assistance possible in order to meet the individual needs of the client and advocate for their personal development and reintegration in the community.
Goal of MCM
The primary goal for Mary Cridge Manor is to provide independent housing with support for survivors of brain injury. The methods used at MCM are based on the favoured WIT (Whatever It Takes) model developed by Dr. Barry Willer. This model, combined with experienced contractors in the field of brain injury, provides an ideal environment to transition survivors to living independently.
Supports at MCM are individualized and include:
- Life skills training
- Meal planning and preparation support
- Interpersonal skills training
- Personal finances/budgeting support
- Transportation support
- Leisure planning
- Addressing medical/mental/health care issues
- Vocational assistance
- Crisis intervention
- Community support.
As each person gains independence in their daily living, new goals are established and support levels are adjusted.
Individuals residing at MCM come to us through referral and are accepted based upon eligibility and fit for the program.
To qualify for eligibility, the candidate must be a brain injury survivor who:
- is diagnosed as having an acquired brain injury
- is 19 years of age or older
- is capable of independent transfer
- is either in need of more support or increased independence in contrast to their current living situation.
Upon acceptance into the program and based on the availability of an apartment, an individual may stay for up to three years, while working through a three phase rehabilitative program which includes a Developmental Phase, Skill Building & Expansion of Community Connections, and a 15 month Transition Plan to move from MCM to the community. The transition plan includes a three month outreach program to ensure the person is settled into their new home and appropriate connections to services and agencies have been made.
A Neighbourhood in a Box
Although Mary Cridge Manor is a structured rehabilitation program, it feels like a “neighbourhood in a box.” Through continuous opportunities for social engagements, outings, and events in the building, our residents come to forge caring and meaningful friendships with one another and the other tenants who are either part of other Cridge programs or market renters. The friendships established have carried forward into the community when tenants have moved. All clients are invited back to attend social functions and to attend the Blue Sheet Club (a drop-in program facilitated by Greg Goldberg).
2. Independent Living with Community Support
Clients who are able to return to their family home or to a new home of their own can receive assistance with the day-to-day tasks of managing their household as they continue to move towards a fully independent lifestyle.
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