BRAMPTON, ON. (Mar 5, 2014) - Peel Long Term Care is partnering with the Halton Aphasia Centre to deliver a special rehabilitation program that helps adults with aphasia recover their language skills.
Aphasia is a disorder caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control language. It can make it hard to read, write, and say what you mean to say. It is most common in adults who have had a stroke but brain tumors, infections, injuries, and dementia can also cause it.
With support from the Central West Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the Central West Community Care Access Centre, more residents of Peel will have access to Adults Learning To Communicate Again. Peel Long Term Care will offer two, 12-week programs Wednesday and Friday mornings at its Tall Pines Long Term Care Centre.
The program is targeted at people with aphasia who:
- Can participate actively in a three-hour program (9 a.m. to noon)
- Are medically stable
- Are independent in the washroom and with eating and drinking
- Have transportation to the program
It is also open to other people who would benefit from improvements in their speaking, reading and writing skills.
The program will be delivered in partnership with Long Term Care's Community Support Services Unit, in conjunction with the Adult Day Services program at Tall Pines. Other sessions and programs are expected to start soon to meet the needs of individuals that require rehabilitation services following a stroke or other brain injury/disorder that affects communication skills. Tall Pines Long Term Care Centre is located next to the Brampton Civic Hospital at 1001 Peter Robertson Boulevard.
Those interested in participating need to apply in advance to the Halton Aphasia Centre because space is very limited.† Application forms are available at Tall Pines or can be downloaded from the Region of Peel website.