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P - Informed Self-Management

Spotlight Best Practice Organization Brain and Spinal Cord Rehab Program – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI), University Health Network, Toronto Lyndhurst Spinal Cord Centre is a leader in education practice with a comprehensive, integrated program to support informed self-management. Foremost is the presence of a dedicated Patient and Family Educator position to develop education resources and provide staff training, thereby ensuring that point of care education, embedded with adult learning principles, is delivered effectively. Additionally, there is a well-equipped Resource Centre (see Figure 7.0) which provides a variety of resources and information in multiple formats, as well as educational workshops and peer support. Key components of structured education programming include: 1. Spinal Cord Essentials Educational Binder – to guide and formalize point-of-care education, and provide individuals with post-rehabilitation resources. 2. Geting Started Patient and Famil y Education Series – half-hour, inpatient group education sessions on 12 set topics, presented twice weekly. These sessions use a Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Dialogue Education approach. FIGURE 7.0 Resource Centre at Lyndhurst Centre, Toronto 3. Spinal Cord Conections (SCC) Resource Centre – a partnership between Toronto Rehab and SCI Canada (formerly Canadian Paraplegic Association), the Centre provides resources and education for inpatients, outpatients and other community members, in a variety of ways. Monthly educational workshops cover a wide range of topics of interest to individuals with SCI. 4. Spinal Cord Conections website – a wide range of SCI information and resources and a connection to the SCI community. (www.sci-u.ca) 5. SCI-U – online e-learning modules on SCI-related issues.  Topics include bowel, bladder, skin care, nutrition, using a manual wheelchair, sexuality, parenting, physical activity and pain management.  (www.sci-u.ca)   6. Therapeutic Recreation Cottage Program – encourages independence and provides an opportunity for individuals with SCI to participate in new experiences, in an outdoor setting. ‘Challenge by Choice’ enables people to test their limits in a safe environment. 7. SCI Canada – Provides monthly Peer Connections and Regional Service Coordinator information sessions. Group information sessions, co-led by peers, for community members (including inpatients and outpatients), at Toronto Rehab. Information is shared through presentations, discussions and demonstrations. 164 CAPTURING CAPACITY IN CANADIAN SCI REHABILITATION


P - Informed Self-Management
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