What is PALS?
“PALS” describes the various post-treatment programs that Alvarado
Hospital’s San Diego Rehabilitation Institute (SDRI) has for the
benefit of our senior community or individuals with a physical disability.
The Stroke Peer Visitor Program, the Senior Fitness Class, SoCal Rehab
Golf Program, Comebackers Neuro Club, Alvarado Balance Club (ABC), the
Art for All program, and the Aphasia Group all fall under the umbrella
of Programs for Active Living & Support—PALS.
These programs are designed to help seniors and individuals with disabilities
to achieve optimal physical, cognitive, social and emotional health.
The Stroke Peer Visitor Program
Alvarado Hospital’s unique Peer Visitor Program pairs an individual
who has recently experienced a stroke with a stroke survivor who has successfully
made the transition back to a functional lifestyle. The goal is to provide
an extra measure of assurance that life does indeed go on after a stroke,
while sharing with new stroke survivors what to expect during recovery.
Unless you’ve lived it, how can you possibly understand the many
challenges faced by patients and caregivers during recovery from a stroke?
The peer visitors’ role is to help new survivors and their loved
ones adjust to life after stroke. Stroke survivors and caregivers may
feel depressed, isolated or overwhelmed. The support of a peer visitor
who has had that same experience can make a big difference in the journey
Senior Fitness Class
This is a free, fun, interactive class set to music that is designed to
increase muscle strength, range of movement and improve activities of
daily living. The class will primarily consist of seated exercises. Elastic
bands and hand weights are offered for resistance. This gentle exercise
class can be modified to include standing movements with chair support,
depending on fitness level. A chair will be used for seated and standing
support. A friendly group atmosphere that is led by a physical therapist
and meets weekly on Tuesdays. A
physician consent is required to participate in the class. RSVP required.
SoCal Rehab Golf Program
Promoting golf for individuals who have a physical disability, our goal
is to introduce golf as a therapeutic activity. The program is designed
to increase golf skills, present adaptations, familiarize with community
golf courses, build camaraderie, and create an opportunity to play in
a recreational and competitive atmosphere.
The Golf Program is led by a PGA Teaching professional and Certified Therapeutic
The SoCal Rehab Golf Club is for golfers whose play may be limited due to an illness or physical
impairment yet enjoy the comradery and challenge of being out on the course.
All golf skill levels are invited.
“The Back Nine” Senior Golf Program
Back Nine is for seniors of all abilities who may be experiencing decreased
balance and flexibility, loss of core strength, limited range of motion,
or impaired fine and gross motor skills. Golf is a life-time sport that
can be adapted to any ability level no matter the person’s age.
This program includes instruction at golf clinics and an opportunity to
play on the course. Participants will be encouraged to join the SoCal
Rehab Golf Club as their physical abilities and golf skills improve.
Clinics will be conducted by a PGA professional experienced in working
with older athletes and the physically challenged. He will be assisted
by recreational and physical therapists from Alvarado Hospital’s
San Diego Rehabilitation Institute.
Back Nine participants are responsible for clinic fee and discounted greens fees.
The SoCal Rehab Golf Classic is an annual 9-hole scramble golf tournament where three or more players
form a team comprised of at least one individual with a physical challenge,
with rules emphasizing fun without the pressure of keeping individual scores.
The Comebackers Neuro Club
The Comebackers Neuro Club provides opportunities for those who have experienced
a neurological incident, such as a stroke, traumatic brain injury or other
neurological impairment. Survivors, family members and caregivers are
offered education, recreation and a support network to promote ongoing
recovery. The club meets monthly. Call today to receive your complimentary
Savvy Survivor to keep informed about upcoming events.
The Alvarado Balance Class (ABC)
The Alvarado Balance Class is a free class for fitness and fun, with an
emphasis on balance and maintaining mobility for older adults. The class
incorporates gentle chair exercises, stretching and breathing techniques
as well as standing balance exercises. A fun friendly group atmosphere
is led by an occupational therapist and meets weekly on Thursdays. A
physician consent is required to participate in class. RSVP required.
Art For All
A hands-on introduction to various mediums, art techniques and ceramics
which encourages personal creative expression through various projects.
Modifications or adaptive techniques may be utilized for optimal success.
Classes are taught by local artisans. The 1.5-hour class rotates weekly
between art (one session per week) and ceramics (two sessions per week).
The Aphasia Group
The Aphasia Group is a weekly class offered to individuals with aphasia.
The class focuses on providing practice communicating in real-life conversations
in a comfortable and supportive environment. Information is also provided
about available resources for continued home exercise for speech and language
skills. The group atmosphere allows individuals to learn from each other
and receive support from those who are experiencing similar challenges.
If you or a loved one are interested in participating in any PALS programs, simply contact us at (619) 229-7216 Monday-Friday, between 9 AM-3:30 PM.
We are located at 6645 Alvarado Road, San Diego, CA 92120.
Participation in all PALS programs require a signed consent from your physician
or healthcare provider. Download the
consent form here. Fax a completed consent form to us at: (619) 229-7161, or email to us at: