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<div class="ExternalClass21C03AC60EE24A0093D20B5A70201356"><p>We are a Provincial resource that provides ongoing assessment, intervention, consultation and educational services to people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) in British Columbia and Yukon. Our team of specialists include Neurologists, Social Workers, Registered Nurse, Speech-Language Pathologist, Registered Dietitian, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist and EMG Technologist.<br></p><h2>Clinic directions<br></h2><p>From the GF Strong lobby, take the elevator to the basement. The elevator is a walk through elevator. Once in the basement, exit the elevator, turn left and head towards the ALS & EMG Clinic.<br></p></div>4255 Laurel Street(604) 737-6234 - ALS Centre<div class="ExternalClass29BFFB6D6E4C4215816F604C77F77F63">Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.</div>(604) 734-1313 Phone: (604) 737-6320 - ALS CentreV5Z 2G9BC<div class="ExternalClassE0D8F0F5F05045DBA7791C07A14FCA13"><p>Paid parking is available. Pay stations are located at the main entrance to the building and at the staff entrance on 28th Avenue. <br></p><p><a href="/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=VCHCA-1797567310-1376" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Download parking rates for VCH facilities</a><br></p></div>49.2470743,-123.1255966<div class="ExternalClass85F834F8A8DA41C39DB304AA3E1E182C"><p>​Referrals must be made by a physician. Your doctor should fax a referral directly to the ALS Centre (604) 737-6234.</p><p><a href="/_layouts/15/DocIdRedir.aspx?ID=VCHCA-1797567310-814" target="_blank"><img class="ms-asset-icon ms-rtePosition-4" src="/_layouts/images/icgen.gif" data-pin-nopin="true" alt="" />ALS Centre referral form</a><br></p></div>The ALS Centre is located in the basement.GF Strong Rehabilitation CentreFrequently asked questionsThe ALS Centre team roles<div class="ExternalClass196D4E258B26423BB735A27B8E8D08EA"><h2>​What to expect at the initial appointment:<br></h2><p>Diagnostic testing with the Neurologist and EMG Technologist will be conducted at the initial appointment (approximately 2 hours). Depending on the outcome of this appointment, you will be invited back for a follow up appointment with the Allied Team only. If you live out of town, the Allied Team will be available to meet with you during your initial appointment, as needed.<br></p><h2>What to expect for follow up appointments:</h2><p>The Neurologist and Allied Team, as needed, will meet with you. Follow up appointments are generally 2.5 hours long. This is dependent on your energy level, as well as your identified concerns and needs.<br></p><h2>How frequently are clients seen?</h2><p>Appointments are typically schedule 3-6 months apart. This is dependent on the Neurologist's assessment of your needs. <br></p><h2>Who else can be involved in care?</h2><p>We have an established working partnership with the following organizations:</p><ul><li>Community health teams</li><li>Regional Palliative Care Services</li><li><a href="" target="_blank">ALS Society of BC (ALSBC)</a><br></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Provincial Respiratory Outreach Program (PROP) </a><br></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Technology for Independent Living (TIL)</a><br></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults (CAYA)</a><br></li></ul></div><div class="ExternalClass6C045D5B885E4F5E8FEB09FEBB5CE0B1"><h2>​EMG Technologist:</h2><p>The EMG Technologist on the team helps the Neurologist evaluate nerve and muscle function. The Technologist uses electrical pulses to stimulate and record nerve potentials, as well as assists the Neurologist with the use of small needle electrodes to assess muscle function.<br></p><h2>Social Worker: </h2><p>The Social Worker provides therapeutic psychosocial and emotional support to clients and families around this life changing diagnosis. The Social Worker also provides assistance to help with processing and adjusting to the diagnosis and progression over time, while providing assistance in navigating the health care system. In addition, the Social Worker will help to facilitate supportive discussions about what is important to the client regarding future health care decision making, autonomy and quality of life.<br></p><h2>Speech-Language Pathologist:</h2><p>The Speech-Language Pathologist assesses swallowing needs and provides compensatory techniques and diet textures to promote safe swallowing. The Speech-Language Pathologist also evaluates communication and recommends strategies to support speech and appropriate augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems.<br></p><h2>Registered Dietitian:</h2><p>The Registered Dietitian assesses nutrition and hydration status. The Dietitian works with clients and families to provide education in order to meet nutritional needs and minimize unwanted weight loss in collaboration with the Speech-Language Pathologist on food and liquid consistencies for safest swallow.<br></p><h2>Physiotherapist:</h2><p>The Physiotherapist optimizes safe and independent mobility recommending gait aids and lower limb bracing as appropriate and through implementation of individualized exercise programs to maximize comfort and function. The Physiotherapist also assists with cardiorespiratory management strategies to optimize lung function and facilitate secretion clearance. <br></p><h2>Occupational Therapist:</h2><p>An Occupational Therapist helps to solve problems that interfere with a person's ability to do everyday activities that are important to them. This includes everything from dressing, bathing and eating, to moving around the house. The Occupational Therapist also enables a person to maintain participation in work and community activities through the use of adaptation, modification, equipment and assistive technology.<br></p><h2>Registered Nurse:</h2><p>The Registered Nurse helps assess and manage client symptoms, recommends treatments, and refers to other health care professionals as necessary. The Registered Nurse also provides education about the disease and current research in ALS to clients, their families and local community health teams. <br></p></div>

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