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Canadian SCI Rehabilitation Introduction

Montréal | Site Profiles Programme pour les personnes présentant une pathologie du système locomoteur, Centre de réadaptation Lucie-Bruneau This SCI rehabilitation program consists of 15 beds and includes both outpatient and follow-up services. It is a member of the Centre d’expertise pour les personnes blessées médullaires de l’Ouest du Québec, and is a designated site for inpatient training for the third rehabilitation phase for the western area of the province. It is also in charge of the professional and social reintegration of ventilo-dependant tetraplegics for the entire province, in cooperation with the National Program of Home Ventilatory Assistance; and has developed a strong partnership with Moelle épinière et motricité Québec to offer programs designed to support the needs of individuals affected by SCI. Focusing on community integration, the multidisciplinary team offers services for both inpatients and outpatients, most of who come from the Montréal region as outpatients. The program includes services – offered in both individual and group sessions – in medicine, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, kinesiology, psychology, social services, sexology and specialized education. Psychiatrists, dietitians and speech therapists are also available for consultation. Among the facilities is an adapted fitness center that includes a pool. Specialized programs (driving, return to work, parents with disabilities, pain clinic) can also join, if needed, the SCI rehab team. A program highlight is an emphasis on activities in the community. Throughout the year, small groups of individuals and therapists leave the facility to participate in activities that can become part of life with SCI. These activities include adapted sports (biking, sailing, kayaking, fishing, tai chi), cultural visits (museums, Old Montréal), outdoor activities (picnics in parks, apple picking), leisure (adapted bowling, shopping). The community is the best setting for individuals to experiment with their abilities in wheelchairs, their comfort with being the centre of attention and their capacity to prevent and solve problems in the real world. 32 CAPTURING CAPACITY IN CANADIAN SCI REHABILITATION


Canadian SCI Rehabilitation Introduction
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