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Canadian SCI Rehabilitation Introduction

Calgary | Site Profiles Tertiary Neurological Rehabilitation, Foothills Medical Centre, Alberta Health Services Foothills Medical Centre provides services to patients and families from southern Alberta to the interior British Columbia, and into western Saskatchewan. Specializing in cardiac, neurology, medical and orthopedic services, Foothills comprises 1,062 beds, approximately 10,000 staff, 600 volunteers and 1,750 physicians. Its Division of Clinical Neurosciences includes Acute Neurology, Neurosurgery, Neurological Rehabilitation, and dedicated acute stroke and acute spinal cord programs. The Foothills Tertiary Neuro Rehab (Unit 58) provides tertiary rehabilitation to individuals with acute brain injury, stroke and SCI. The unit comprises 45 inpatient beds, located within our special services building, and has established a novel continuum- based approach to care that keeps patient-focused rehabilitation goals at the forefront. This approach sees individuals (and their families) transitioning from acute care to rehab to outpatient settings. Team members include support staff, 24-hour specialized rehab nursing care, specialized allied health including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social work, psychology and recreational therapy, as well as physician- support team members, who integrate within disciplines, to ensure the best outcomes for individuals with a neurological impairment. Partnerships in the acute care settings, and within our spinal cord program, allow for linkages to all aspects of the care spectrum, and include those with the Health and Research Innovation Centre, Teach Research and Wellness, Health Sciences Centre, University of Calgary, Tom Baker Cancer Centre and Seaman Family MRI Centre. These direct links enable seamless integration of practice and easier transitioning of individuals and families. Education and rehabilitation practices are explored and taught on the acute units, prior to transition to the rehabilitation unit, which creates a rehabilitation focus from the start. To help the SCI population stay focused on health and wellness, individuals in outpatient clinics are followed throughout their lives. 22 CAPTURING CAPACITY IN CANADIAN SCI REHABILITATION


Canadian SCI Rehabilitation Introduction
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