Acquired Brain Injury
On Feb. 24, 1978, at the Canadian downhill championships in Lake Louise, Scott Finlay, a member of the Ontario Ski Team, took a fall halfway through his race. It was a fall that changed Scott and his family’s lives forever. Scott suffered a devastating brain injury that would leave him paralyzed on his right side and with limited movement on his left.
The Finlays, residents of Napanee, along with Scott’s former teammate Jeff Armstrong, approached the South East LHIN with a proposal to build an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) residence in Napanee, the first of its kind for the South East. The Residence would serve those living with an ABI like Scott, offering a home that would maximize independence and quality of life, while promoting empowerment.
Together with community partners, the South East LHIN supported the development of a first supportive living residence - a bungalow - which opened in August 2015. The bungalow is now home to 6 residents and offers full supportive living services.
In December 2015, renovations were officially launched for a second residence in Napanee, which will provide supportive living services for an additional six residents.