What is PALS?
“PALS” describes the various post-treatment programs that Alvarado
Hospital’s San Diego Rehabilitation Institute (SDRI) has for the
benefit of individuals in our community with a physical disability. The
SoCal Rehab Golf Program, The Stroke Peer Visitor Program, the Comebackers
Neuro Club, the Alvarado Balance Club (ABC), the Aphasia Group, and SDRI’s
art program all fall under the umbrella of Programs for Active Living
These programs are designed to help 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
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.
Weekly golf clinics at San Diego Rehabilitation Institute are led by a
PGA Teaching professional and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.
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 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 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)
This free class is for fitness and fun, with an emphasis on balance and
maintaining mobility for older adults. The class incorporates gentle chair
exercises, stretching and breathing exercises as well as standing balance
exercises. A fun and friendly group atmosphere is led by an occupational
therapist, and meets weekly on Thursdays.
The Art Program
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.