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.
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.
?Referrals must be made by a physician. Your doctor should fax a referral directly to the ALS Centre (604) 737-6234.
Paid parking is available. Pay stations are located at the main entrance to the building and at the staff entrance on 28th Avenue.
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.
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.
Appointments are typically schedule 3-6 months apart. This is dependent on the Neurologist's assessment of your needs.
We have an established working partnership with the following organizations:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.