Meal vouchers

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For the first time this year, the REA Foundation’s Beneficiary Aid Fund is financing a food support project to provide meal vouchers to patients in precarious situations. Indeed, some patients experiencing food insecurity attend their physical rehabilitation treatment without having eaten enough, which directly impacts their rehabilitation journey, even causing loss of consciousness in some cases.

This is why these vouchers, worth $8.55 each, allow these patients to receive a complete meal including a starter, a main course, a dessert, and a drink at the cafeteria of the Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay-de-Montréal.

Patients who have benefited from these meals have expressed deep gratitude for this initiative.

A lady, who had not eaten before her therapy, was very moved and thanked us when we offered her a meal voucher. She confided that she hadn’t eaten dessert in years.

There was also a young man who was pale and hadn’t eaten when he arrived at the outpatient clinic. Unable to do his rehabilitation exercises, we offered him a meal which helped him recover from his loss of consciousness.

Testimony from the Head of Food Production and Distribution regarding meal vouchers.

REA Toy Kits

Each year, the team of the Institut Raymond Dewar, which cares for more than 2,200 children with hearing impairments or language disorders, requests our Beneficiary Assistance Fund to finance toy kits adapted to the needs of these children.

These kits, essential for language stimulation and the overall development of the children, are intended for underprivileged families. This tool allows families to continue working on therapy goals while providing enjoyable moments for the children. Several families who have benefited from the kits have expressed deep gratitude to the therapists and the Foundation.

When I gave the material to R.’s mother, she was moved. She repeatedly said ‘thank you very much.’ I suggested she leave a small message for the Foundation, but she couldn’t find the words. She shed a tear and kept repeating ‘Thank you very much!’

As the child left, he said, “I love you.” Coming from a child with a language disorder, “I love you” might have meant: “I’m happy to have new material, thank you for bringing something wonderful for me, I’ll have fun with it,” or perhaps “Thank you for letting me play with a game, draw with crayons, and practice moving my fingers with the material.”.

Testimony of a caregiver during the distribution of one of the kits provided with the support of the Foundation.

The Tovertafel magic table

On October 5, 2023, the REA Foundation met with physiotherapist Béatrice Walsh of the program for strokes and other acquired non-traumatic brain injuries. She introduced us to the Tovertafel magic table, a project funded thanks to a $17,767 contribution from the REA Foundation. With the six current users, we were able to discover some of the 25 interactive games designed to work the users’ weaker arm or hand. With varying levels of difficulty, the activities include team games and puzzles as well as musical games that help improve speech.

The Tovertafel magic table is a precious resource for our rehabilitation program, offering fun opportunities to improve users’ motor skills and cognition.

Clinique Parents Plus

The REA Foundation is funding the development of leading-edge practices at the Clinique Parents Plus for parents with physical and cognitive disabilities.

Thanks to a recently established research-clinical collaboration with Carolina Bottari, PhD, a researcher at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation (CIRR),  a new leading-edge practice is being developed to respond to the complex needs of parents  with both cognitive and physical disabilities. This new practice is specifically designed for individuals living with one of the following diagnoses: traumatic brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy.

SELA equipment

The REA Foundation is funding the replacements of Auditory Localization Evaluation System (SELA) medical equipment.

SELA makes it possible to evaluate auditory localization abilities, which are essential for ensuring that deafblind users are able to get around safety and autonomously in real-life situations. SELA is used to respond to the needs of deafblind users in the joint Deafblindness Program, as well as of deafblind users in western Quebec who require an evaluation in auditory localization in order to maintain and develop their ability to get around safely and autonomously.

Clinique Parents Plus at the Parents and Kids Fair

The REA Foundation is funding the participation of the Clinique Parents Plus in the Parents and Kids Fair.

By participating in the April 2019 edition, the Clinique Parents Plus enabled parents and future parents with disabilities to learn about the clinic and justify their plan to found a family despite a physical disability.

Vestibular Clinic

The REA Foundation is funding the purchase of equipment to evaluate, treat and monitor vestibular and neurological patients.

The highly specialized Vestibular Rehabilitation Clinic at the Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay de-Montréal (IRGLM) has developed one of the most enviable reputations in its field of expertise. Vestibular deficit disorders are difficult to treat and require specialized care. Professionals at the Vestibular Clinic help their patients overcome vertigo and dizziness and regain their balance

Intern evaluations

The REA Foundation is funding the upgrade of evaluations of interns and their work places.

The Institut de réadaptation Gingras-Lindsay de-Montréal receives about 650 students every year from medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, social services, psychology, nursing, nutrition and other fields. These students come to develop their skills through workplace internships. The project seeks to provide better evaluation and feedback to these interns.

SAGE Project

The REA Foundation is funding a team of specialists in the application and generalization of expertise.

With the goal of introducing a culture of evidence-based continuous improvement to the organization, a team of specialists in the application and generalization of expertise (SAGE) became operational in fall 2011 with the financial support of the REA Foundation. The group’s mandate is to encourage clinicians to reflect on their current practices in order to promote the implementation of best practices in their program. Its members work to coordinate, promote and facilitate the adoption of best practices under the leadership of the program leaders.

This project receives support from the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation.

Assistance Fund for Users

In addition to the projects we fund, the REA Foundation also set up the Assistance Fund for Users to provide funding that directly contributes to recipients’ autonomy and social integration.

This measure makes it possible for eligible individuals to receive annual financial assistance of up to $100 (and in some cases, more) for purchases or fees that are not otherwise covered.

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