Designed for individuals affected by acquired brain injuries (ABI) and stroke, CONNECT's Life Redesign Model (LRM) combines a coaching culture with home-like environments to maximize participation in real life, capitalize on neuroplasticity and increase an individual's capacity for self-management. Based on the principles of partnership, participation, structured flexibility, accountability and smart risk, the LRM helps people redesign their lives after ABI.

The LRM is a new rehabilitation paradigm in which planning and service delivery are driven by the resident’s goals, and guided and informed by an integrated, multi-professional team, working together in partnership with the resident and their family to achieve those goals.

The LRM, a partnership between CONNECT and Interior Health (IH) addresses:
• The need for specialized resources outside of the acute, rehabilitation and long-term care systems to provide post- acute, transitional rehabilitation services for ABI;
• The cost of providing 24-hour supervised care; and
• The importance of reintegrating patients successfully into home and community environments.

Within the LRM, residents function as an integrated being: physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially, thereby promoting neuroplasticity. The model exposes them to real life standards and expectations, social interactions and relationships, provides opportunity for novel experiences, and brings a degree of complexity and continuity to the rehabilitation setting.

Services at CONNECT are resident driven and all CONNECT staff are expected to provide services using a coaching philosophy. This philosophy embodies the principle of “doing with” rather than “doing for”. Life Redesign Coaches support and encourage residents to build a day based on their preferences. Coaching principles empower residents to be in control of their life redesign in an encouraging environment. The LRM helps the individual reinvent and redefine themselves, and foster a growing awareness and confidence, that in their new reality, they have the power to affect change and redesign their lives.

The LRM has increased the number of people returning to a home environment and has reduced long-term health care costs. Over 6 years, 77% of residents transitioned home or to a place of less dependence after an average 9 month stay. This exceeds IH’s expected outcomes and translates into an estimated potential health system cost avoidance of $239 million over a 20-year contract. All of this was achieved in addition to helping residents redesign their own lives successfully after injury.

The collaborative relationship between Interior Health and CONNECT has allowed the LRM to flourish and gives CONNECT the opportunity to creatively bridge gaps within the existing system.

Contact Information:

Title: Director of Culture, People & Services

Contact information: karent@connectcommunities.ca

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