Melanie Lewis is supporting YMCA instructors in Vancouver with the delivery of a new program for adults with balance and mobility issues.
In celebration of National Physiotherapy Month, we meet Melanie Lewis and learn how VCH physiotherapists are using their expertise to fill a gap in care in the community.
Thanks to a new partnership between VCH physiotherapists and the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, adults have a new option for health and fitness in the community: TIME™.
TIME™ — Together in Movement and Exercise — is specifically designed to benefit people with balance and mobility issues. Developed by the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, the program enables people with neurological and orthopedic conditions to continue their recovery after discharge from hospital or an outpatient program.
“I think TIME™ really fills a gap in our community," says physio Melanie Lewis, interim clinical resource therapist for Neuro and Spine. “It's the right type of exercises, given in the right way, in a supportive group."
Credit goes to our very own Nicole Acerra, clinical resource therapist, for spearheading our VCH-YMCA partnership to bring TIME™ to Vancouver. Today, Melanie, backed by Nancy Cho, regional practice leader, physiotherapy, and Kristi Gerevas, clinical resource therapist, serves as the VCH program lead training and supporting the Y's TIME™ instructors.
“TIME™ offers a real bridge between formalized programs and reintegrating clients into the community," says Kelly Sharp, VCH regional planning lead for rehab program and stroke system redesign. “Its emphasis is on community and wellness, and it's filled a real gap for a population who often have no other place to go to continue with their recovery."
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