“Those living with an ABI have suffered a great trauma — one we can never truly understand. This motivates me to do what I can to help those who have suffered an ABI by helping them explore their new lives and finding their new selves”.
“It’s about doing what I can to help my clients adapt, learn and live more independently.”
“I’ve seen the loss that people experience after an ABI which has motivated me to help improve their quality of life”.
“It’s a life altering injury that can happen to anyone. It’s about treating each other with respect and dignity, which is the way I would want to be treated if I were in their shoes”.
Cathy Wever Place is located in Vineland, Ontario on sprawling, peaceful acreage adjacent to Campden Heights. This eight bedroom home services complex care clients who have suffered a severe ABI, have chronic cognitive and/or physical impairments and present challenging behaviours. This secure residence is designed to accommodate very challenging behaviours, such as aggression and elopement. Cathy Wever Place has all the benefits of the country while maintaining easy access to community and emergency assistance.
About our Home
- Fully secure, accessible bungalow with finished basement
- In-home lift with access to both floors
- Communal kitchen
- Accessible laundry facilities
- 5 accessible bathrooms
- Recreation room in the basement
- 4 congregate living room spaces
- 8 bedrooms
- Furnishings provided by the client
- TV/ Ethernet ports available; per client expense
- Large fenced in backyard with outside seating and vegetable gardens
- Rural setting
What We Offer
- Individualized programming based on client’s ABI rehabilitative goals.
- Structured, meaningful and consistent daily routines with an emphasis on skill building and behaviour management.
- Access to a multi-disciplinary clinical team including behaviour therapy, psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech language pathology.
- Capacity to address mental health and addiction issues.
- One dedicated pharmacy provider; medications securely stored onsite and administered by staff.
- 24/7 on-site staff support.
- Access to accessible transportation.
Check out Why HIRO? for more information.
Without support, I wouldn’t be who I am today. I owe my life to HIRO.”
Just two days after his 20th birthday, Grant was involved in a serious car accident. His injuries were extensive and his prognosis was a 50 percent chance of waking up from a coma. He was told if he does, he will not be able to walk or talk again. Ten days later, Grant awoke and spent the next three months in acute care. His focus and aspirations prior to the accident were to graduate and work in hotel management. But now, his focus was on healing his brain, body and soul.
With the support from the medical team, his family and his unwavering determination to overcome his prognosis odds, Grant returned home with his parents. “I wasn’t prepared for the challenges I was about to face. Simple, everyday tasks were difficult which left me feeling frustrated and overwhelmed – Like I used to be able to do this and I can’t anymore.”
Grant and his family knew he needed to build a solid support system to encourage him to keep thriving. With the assistance and helpful recommendations from the hospital, Grant’s parents applied to HIRO to seek further rehabilitative care. Through his individualized rehabilitation program and continuous care from the staff, Grant was able to return to college and graduated from the Food and Beverage Management Program. Even though he accomplished the unthinkable, Grant’s desire to share his personal journey with others meant so much more to him so he continued his education to receive a diploma in Social Services.
Today, Grant actively volunteers in the community while attending Group on a weekly basis. His experiences have impacted the lives of so many and he continues to inspire and encourage others. “I’ve been through the suicidal ideation, the frustrations, the banging my head off the wall and thinking I’m never going to be anything. I’ve had all of these different feelings. I like to attend Group to try and inspire the others; let them know there is hope. We are all different, every brain injury is different. I can still get overwhelmed but the staff are here to help with that. I wouldn’t be sitting here today if it wasn’t for HIRO.”