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July Update for ARBI Clients & Families

July Update For ARBI Clients & Families

Hello ARBI Clients & Families,

On behalf of the ARBI family, I hope you and your loved ones are remaining healthy! I wanted to give you all an update on ARBI and how we are continuing to provide services and programming. During May and June, many virtual services and programs were developed and delivered. We had a lot of positive feedback from our clients.

During July, we will continue with the virtual therapy programming and we will start having a limited number of clients coming to ARBI for their treatment and programs. The therapists will be in touch with those we can accommodate. ARBI has implemented all of the safety precautions that are outlined by Alberta Health Services and everyone that is welcomed to the building will be screened.

We are excited to see our clients and teammates in person! Stay healthy, wash your hands, and stay home as much as possible so we can beat this COVID-19 pandemic. Please reach out to use if we can help, contact Luanne – luanne@arbi.ca or 403-242-7116.

Be well,

Luanne Whitmarsh

Executive Director

Information about Coronavirus: https://www.heartandstroke.ca/articles/coronavirus-the-information-you-need

Handwashing: a video on handwashing for someone with an affected upper limb: https://youtu.be/EOj0L03eDPs

Easy-to-download app with different activities to help treat Aphasia: https://tactustherapy.com/using-apps-treat-severe-aphasia/

Free online meet ups for families living with Aphasia: https://devices.aphasia.com/virtual-connection

NEW! A great list of daily activities from the National Aphasia Centre that you can do to keep up your speech progress at home: aphasia.org

GRASP: GRASP program for upper-limb rehabilitation after stroke. The GRASP website includes videos, workbooks, and more, including many exercises that can be done at home: https://neurorehab.med.ubc.ca/grasp

FAME (Fitness and Mobility Exercise) program: University of British Columbia’s fameexercise.com has posted a handout, instructions and video on how to do stroke recovery exercises at home.

TIME (Together in Movement and Exercise): The TIME Program has complied a comprehensive list of free online videos and resources to help people with mobility challenges stay active during COVID-19 isolation: TIME Program Resources

Resources from SAEBO

Free virtual resources including Mental Practice Exercises and Upper Extremity Exercise Video Library: www.saebo.com

Music Therapy

Online Music Therapy with JB MUSIC www.jbmusictherapy.com, offers one-to-one and group programs.

Brain Injury Canada’s Guide for Mental Health during COVID19: https://www.braininjurycanada.ca/guide-mental-health-covid-19/

Meditations, Mindfulness Resources and more from CALM: calm.com

After-Stroke Virtual Sessions and Support Groups for aphasia clients, caregivers and more from March of Dimes: afterstroke.marchofdimes.ca

Heart & Stroke Foundation webinar addressing caregivers challenges during COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyuoUFBgdYE

Muscular Dystrophy Canada webinar – Caregiving in the Time of COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cjxmik79Bbw

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