The Steve Ludzik Centre for Parkinson's
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The Steve Ludzik Parkinson's Rehab Centre

The Steve Ludzik Parkinson's Rehab Centre was opened in June of 2013 and is funded through a private donation from former NHL player and coach Steve Ludzik.

Ludzik had a vision of a rehabilitation program that was available in Niagara for those living with Parkinson's disease that affects approximately 100,000 people in Canada and just over 5500 people being newly diagnosed each year (Parkinson's Society British Columbia, 2014). Studies show that the prevalence of Parkinson's Disease increases with age. Although not solely a disease of aging: the majority of people with Parkinson's Disease are seniors.

The Steve Ludzik Parkinson's Rehab Centre is designed to:

  • Provide time-limited rehab treatment by an interprofessional team
  • Incorporate both individual and group formats
  • Assist patients and their families in taking an active role to achieve their optimal level of function

Standard outcome measures are utilized and captured during the course of the program. Patient specific outcome measures show improvement at the end of the program. These outcomes are measured again in six weeks post program to see if the gains are made.

Program components:

Individual assessment and treatment

  • Goal Setting
  • Group Education
  • Caregiver Support
  • Individual Home Exercise Programs

Therapy team to include:

  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Social Worker
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Registered Dietician
  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Consulting Physiatrist

Program format:

  • Twice weekly for six weeks
  • Three hours per session
  • Six clients per group
The Steve Ludzik Centre for Parkinson's