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Canadian SCI Rehabilitation Introduction

London | Site Profiles Regional SCI Rehabilitation Program, Parkwood Hospital, St. Joseph’s Healthcare London Focusing on complex care, rehabilitation, specialized geriatric services and veterans care, this site services the acquired brain injury, SCI, amputee, musculoskeletal and stroke/neurological/ neurotrauma populations through inpatient/outpatient and outreach programs that include a driving program, a fitness centre, assistive technologies and other health services. The Parkwood SCI program has a 15-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit specifically designed for individuals with SCI. In addition to intensive, integrated and specialized inpatient rehabilitation, the program offers post-discharge follow up with specialized clinics, outpatient services, educational/support groups, a research program and an adapted fitness centre. The program’s goal is to help the individuals reach an optimal level of functioning and reintegrate into the community. The site offers services in physiatry, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, therapeutic recreation, psychology, psychometry, nutrition, pharmacy and social work. Consultation is also available for audiology, pastoral care, geriatric medicine, chiropody, otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat), orthotics, speech and language pathology, psychiatry, optometry and seating. In addition, an SCI resource centre containing SCI-specific consumer health information is located within the Parkwood Hospital patient library. Other services include a driver assessment and rehabilitation program, which is an approved assessment centre with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Through the neurotrauma rehab service, individuals can be assessed for assistivetechnology applications that facilitate increased independence in areas such as computer access and environmental controls. The Parkwood research program includes a clinically- embedded researcher who is integrated into the SCI program council, and enhances the learning environment for both individuals and staff through a best practice implementation focus. The SCI program maintains a strong partnership with Canadian Paraplegic Association (CPA) Ontario. All individuals are introduced to the resources available through CPA Ontario, including its peer support program. The Living Well with SCI education series provides information to SCI survivors and their families. 26 CAPTURING CAPACITY IN CANADIAN SCI REHABILITATION


Canadian SCI Rehabilitation Introduction
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