Some people will require specialised longer-term rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury, stroke, or other neurological impairment. This may be transitional over some months or even years before they can move on to more independent living. In some cases there will be a need for ongoing support and a home for life.

Residential Services

There was a time in New Zealand when these clients were ‘garaged’ in rest homes or private hospitals. This is no longer the case. There are now many specialist residential services available. It is important that clients and families-whānau are aware of the choices they have. ABI is very happy to provide information regarding options.

ABI has offered long-term residential rehabilitation for 20 years and is proud of a very experienced team and a philosophy that focuses on taking every opportunity to improve function. The team works hard to promote quality of life and independence. A range of community based residential houses are available in Auckland and Wellington.

ABI is committed to providing a person centered service and environment that is characterised by respect and choice.

ABI offers a variety of supported living programs that have been developed to provide people with a traumatic brain injury or stroke a home-like setting where they can continue to work with the skilled team. Programmes include attention to cognitive, movement and behavioral skills.

Transitional Living Services

Over 90% of clients that go through the ABI Intensive Rehabilitation Programme return home and receive ongoing home-based or outpatient rehabilitation. After a severe brain injury however, some clients will require a period of transition in a residential service. This may be because the person’s normal home and family settings isn’t designed to deal with the special mobility, safety and medical needs the person may have.

ABI offers a Transitional Residential Rehabilitation Programme where there is clearly defined goal to move on to home or independent living.   This programme is outcome focused with strategies and steps designed to meet the goals of the client.

Home for Life

Many individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injuries or stroke can live well into old age. If they are living at home, this can be challenging for their caregivers as they get older and have difficulty providing adequate care. While rest-homes and private hospitals are suitable for meeting the needs of older people, they are often not equipped to handle the complex medical and social needs of people with traumatic brain injury.


  • Based in Auckland and Wellington
  • Located in community based housing
  • Focus on matching the environment with the needs of the client

Access to Service

  • 16 years of age and over
  • ACC, MoH or DHB referrals
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), stroke or other neurological impairment
  • Respite services

Service Delivery

  • 24 hour care for clients
  • Whānau / family support
  • Ability to manage complex, but medically stable, clients
  • Rehabilitation workers 7 days a week
  • Professional input from medical and allied health teams, including Specialist in Rehabilitation Medicine, Rehabilitation Nursing, Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social Work, and Psychology
  • Individualised rehabilitation plans
  • Focus on meaningful participation
  • Community based activities
  • Rehabilitation groups including: cooking, gardening, men’s club

Long-term services

ABI Rehabilitation offers long-term and respite services in Auckland and Wellington. We hold contracts with ACC, MoH and DHB’s and require a referral from a funder to initiate the process. If you have any questions or require assistance please contact us here.