Community Programs: Recreation programs

The Vancouver Parks Board runs a wide range of adapted and special-needs recreation programs. Check out their website: Adapted Recreation Programs. Check it out and stay active!

Some of the sports, classes, and events included are:

  • Swimming
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Wheelchair rugby (a para-olympic sport that was invented right here in Vancouver!)
  • Sledge hockey
  • Boccia
  • Curling
  • Volleyball
  • Various exercise classes
  • they even run social outings…
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Community Support: Stroke Peer Mentoring Program

The Stroke Peer Mentoring Program is run through the Stroke Recovery Association of BC. This free program matches someone living with stroke to a mentor who has had a stroke and who has training to be able to offer support, understanding, and education about issues of stroke and everyday life.  Mentors provide this support through telephone conversations, email, and/or 1-to-1 meetings.

A peer mentor does not replace your professional rehab team, but they can be very helpful!

For more information about this free mentoring program, please contact:

Carolyn Carter, Peer Coordinator
604-714-4185
peermentoringprogram@mac.com

Their brochure:

Community Support: Rehabilitation and Resource Team

In addition to the GF Strong ABI Program Outreach Team we pointed out earlier, the Vancouver Coastal Health “Vancouver Community Rehabilitation and Resource Team” is another resource for those living here in the Vancouver area. The team provides short, 6 month rehab programs for those living with complex disabilities. They provide assessment and treatment for individuals who want to improve their ability to function and have specific goals they would like to achieve. Rehab sessions may be in your home or in a nearby community location. The teams goals are to increase independence, community participation, and life satisfaction.

To qualify for this rehab program, you must reside in Vancouver, be between 19-64 years old, be eligible for Community Health Services and be living with a complex disability. The program is targeted at those who do not have third party insurance or working with Community Living BC.

If you are interested, please talk with your Case Manager at a Community Health Centre. If you don’t have a Case Manager, please call: 604-263-7377

Their brochure:

Community Support: Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Team

A resource we would like to point out:

The GF Strong ABI Program Outreach Team works with clients, families and caregivers to assist people with an acquired brain injury to improve their quality of life. They assist in identifying and accessing the best available resources to support clients in their home community. They provide many resources including assessments, recommendations, advocacy, and consultation with other professionals in the community and in care facilities. Note: although they are based in Vancouver, adults with an acquired brain injury can be referred from any location in British Columbia.

We have included their brochure below, but if you wish to contact them:
Outpatient Admissions Coordinator, G.F. Strong Rehab Centre
604-737-6272
http://www.vch.ca/403/7676/?program_id=12710
outpatientadmissions@vch.ca

Mobility Aid: Electric Scooters

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 (e-scooter@live.com). 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!

Caregiver Support Groups

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 caregiversupport@vch.ca . If you are not in the Vancouver area, they may be able to point you to groups close to where you live.

Tetra Society: Creating customized assistive devices for people with disabilities

We’re putting up a number of posts today with resources for the neuro community.

The Tetra Society was formed in Vancouver back in 1987 and has grown to have chapters across North America. Their focus is to create customized assistive devices for people with disabilities.

Check out their website for more information: www.tetrasociety.org

See the new ‘Tips & Resources’ page

Our clinic waiting room and the treatment area itself are places where our patients and their families chat and share information. One of our patients, (Harriet) suggested that our website could be another place where our clients could post things they think could be helpful to others. Or to ask questions as to where to find some neuro resource.

Dawn said: “Let’s face it, when it comes to “brain injury” there is no guide book out there to know what is available in the community or to help in normal every day things […].   From our time with your clinic I feel like some of us (your clients) have developed a “family-like” relationship, where we can bond, talk and really understand the physical and emotional issues “we” face everyday. Maybe your website could have a resource component whereby us clients could log on and add interesting things that we have discovered  e.g., by passing on where to find shoes that stay on your feetHelping each other, even in the smallest way,…”

For now, all posts (from us or from you) about topics that you would like to share amongst the neuro-patient community will be gathered up in the Tips & Resources page.

Just send us an email if you’d like to post something and we’ll make it happen. You can, of course, comment about any of those posts whenever you like!