PALS Program--Community Services

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 & Support-PALS.

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 to recovery.

The 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.

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

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 newsletter, the 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 Thursday afternoons. For more information and questions on how to enroll call (619) 229-7216.

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.