After working in community-based rehab for over 10 years, Arden followed her heart and founded Brainworks in 2003, where she continues to serve both clinically and as Executive Director. Through Brainworks, we get the honour to help clients cope with serious injury, and face the challenges that come with it head on.
Arden McGregor fondly remembers the moment that sparked what would become her lifelong interest in rehabilitation. “When I was a teenager,” Arden explains, “I became qualified as a swim instructor and spent countless hours at the pool. One of my most special memories is of “Anne,” a ten-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. Arden remembers Anne’s longing to learn how to dive. I will never forget the way her whole face exploded out of the water with the joy she felt having successfully completed her first dive. Her exhilaration is forever imprinted on my mind. The thrill I got from being part of her joyful accomplishment changed me.” Despite this rewarding experience occurring many years prior to Arden choosing rehabilitation as her career path, she says she knew at that moment that whatever she would be doing, she would dedicate her life to helping others achieve what was most important to them.
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Advances in internet technology, creative interfaces and evidence-based therapies are combining to propel healthcare to levels only dreamed of. “The motive behind the use of this technology is to maintain the essential qualities of the health-care interaction, while improving access by overcoming barriers such as economics, culture, climate, and geography,” (Rees, 2004). The dominant theme of therapy is so often to examine and collaboratively develop solutions rather than allowing any one barrier to prohibit progress.
Can it be that simple – to forgo the traditional face-to-face therapy visit and make use of rehabilitation services online? The scope of the rehabilitation field is as broad as it is deep and requires the integration of a variety of schools, theories and disciplines. As rehabilitation tools become more sophisticated to meet the demands of the twenty-first century, so does the process of therapeutic delivery.
Mental health and sleep disturbance: Are they two sides of the same coin? We would argue yes. How does that help us? When mental health is examined we must also, with equal vehemence, assess sleep, as they are integrally related. Of all the mental health disorders associated with sleep disturbances, depression is the most common.