Two Peer Mentor Programs will be run this fall. Each will have a different focus and format (see outlines below), although they share the goal of working on clinical reasoning and treatment skills with the goal of maximizing client function. See this blog post that includes an article published in PABC Directions on the Peer Mentor Program.
Both programs include a combination of patient demonstration/workshop and theoretical discussion. Related readings from peer-reviewed journals shall be assigned.
Program A will involve practical sessions
Program B will involve patient treatment sessions in pairs
The Participant:Instructor ratio is 8:1
Note: Each program is run as an individual entity. Therapists can sign up for A, B, or both! Program A is not a prerequisite for Program B.
DATES/TIMES and OUTLINES:
Program A – Clinical Reasoning and Practical
September 19th to October 17th (5 sessions, Wednesdays: 5:15-7:15 pm)
Neuro-Ability began a Peer Mentor Program last spring and we’ve received a lot of great feedback on it. Libby and Cathy keep tweaking the design and the two programs that will be run this fall will provide two different angles on clinical reasoning and treatment skills with the goal of maximizing patient function. For more information on the upcoming fall sessions, see the new blog post linked to here.
Here is an article by Jill Longhurst in the Summer 2012 PABC Directions publication about the May/June Peer Mentor Program that was facilitated by Libby Swain.
Peer Mentor Program Article by Jill Longhurst in Summer 2012 Directions
Sometimes it is worth saving your energy for when you get to the destination – rather than using it all up getting there. There are a lot of different types of electric scooters out there and I’m sure you’ve seen people using them.
Although we don’t recommend it or endorse it over any other companies models, one of our Neuro-Ability patients uses the somewhat amusingly named ‘GoPet’ electric scooter. (http://mygopet.com). It looks like a nice little unit that is available here in the Vancouver area (firstname.lastname@example.org). It would obviously be worth looking into the other models available.
Perhaps you have your favourite? Have you used the GoPet? Have you used models from other companies? We’d love to have you share your opinions with other people who are perhaps in similar situations. Feel free to comment below or contact us to make a guest post here on our blog!
Vancouver Coastal Health coordinates a number of support groups for people who are caregivers for family members or friends that are aging, ill, or living with a disability. It is so important to look after everyone involved – including the caregivers.
The support groups giver you people to talk with in similar situations, provide information about community resources, and a host of other things.
Check out http://caregivers.vch.ca or call them at 604-877-4699 or email them at email@example.com . If you are not in the Vancouver area, they may be able to point you to groups close to where you live.
The next series of classes will run from October 9/11 to November 27/29.
The yoga-style classes are led by a physiotherapist and customized for people living with and rehabbing from neurological conditions and injuries. The courses provide personalized instruction and exercise adaptation in a fun, social, small-group setting. For more on the October-November 2012 course sign-ups, see Neuro-Ability Exercise Classes and contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note that for those who haven’t taken the classes before there is a mandatory individual assessment. The goal is to ensure the participant is placed in the appropriate class. This 1-hour session can be booked for Sept 25/27 or October 2/4 from 5-7pm.
You may also be interested in taking a look at an earlier post about a Neuro-Ability clinician’s (Anne Harris) invited article in the PABC Directions journal on those living with and rehabbing from neurological conditions using Yoga and Pilates.
To all the ladies at Neuro Ability. It has been a struggle for me to find pretty shoes that stay on my feet! At 22 I still adore shoes and although my days of high heels are over, should I have to compromise on style for comfort? NO! My Mum (Dawn) and I have been on the hunt for nice shoes that I like, I can walk in and stay on my feet!! I have had to reevaluate my thoughts on footware, pretty shoes that stay on my feet are expensive! So my compromise is not to buy so many pairs of shoes!
Below are links to the pretty sandals I bought.
It is a European web site, the pictures were nicer, but Rieker Shoes are available in many “good” shoe shops. I bought mine at Turner Echo Shoes in South Surrey, 604-535 5119. There were many different designs all very easy to put on and stay on your feet. A couple of very good things about these shoes is that there are no buckles or laces, they have elastic straps and the soles of Rieker shoes are very cushioned, so if like me you have corns, because you don’t land on your feet correctly, it feels like you are walking on air, heaven!
Purpose. To investigate the personal experiences and perceived outcomes of a yoga programme for stroke survivors.
Method. This article reports on a preliminary study using qualitative methods to investigate the personal experiences and perceived outcomes of a yoga programme. Nine individuals who had experienced stroke were interviewed following a 10-week yoga programme involving movement, breathing and meditation practices. An interpretative phenomenological approach was used to determine meanings attached to yoga participation as well as perceptions of outcomes.
Results. Interpretative themes evolving from the data were organised around a bio-psychosocial model of health benefits from yoga. Emergent themes from the analysis included: greater sensation; feeling calmer and becoming connected. These themes respectively revealed perceived physical improvements in terms of strength, range of movement or walking ability, an improved sense of calmness and the possibility for reconnecting and accepting a different body.
Conclusion. The study has generated original findings that suggest that from the perspective of people who have had a stroke yoga participation can provide a number of meaningful physical, psychological and social benefits and support the rationale for incorporating yoga and meditation-based practices into rehabilitation programmes.
As the clinic grows, we again have opportunities for both full and part-time physios to join us at Neuro-Ability. We are committed to education, learning, and the advancement of clinical practice. Our clinic is a friendly and often exciting place where we work together, learn from each other, and where everyone on the team contributes their own skills, experience, and perspectives. For more information on Neuro-Ability, please see neuro-ability.ca.
If you are passionate about neuro-rehab, please contact us to learn more about the opportunties. You can send your resume to Libby Swain email: email@example.com.