A SERVICE FOR THE PARTNERS OF A PERSON WITH APHASIA
When caring for a person with aphasia, loved ones risk feeling helpless, stressed, and frustrated. Difficulty with communicating due to aphasia makes their task all the more difficult. The SAPPA Project began at the AQPA in 2013, with the sustained support of Claire Croteau, Ph.D. professor at the University of Montreal’s School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. The goal of this service is to bring support to the caregivers of seniors with aphasia and to encourage the adoption of effective and personalized communication strategies with their loved ones. A positive evaluation of these services was achieved thanks to a research project subsidized by the REPAR-OPHQ and the touching testimonies of families that were served, which push us to expand and offer our services more broadly. SAPPA receives a grant from APPUI Montréal for the caregivers of the elderly.
Please visit our Facebook page: « SAPPA – Service aux proches d’une personne aphasique» (French only*). You will find advice and resources that are intended primarily for the caregivers of people with aphasia
What constitutes this project?
With the caregiver, the coordinator evaluates their needs and those of their family. Afterwards, we offer :
- the services of a Social Worker in an individual or group setting (participation in a support group)
- meetings with a Speech-Language Pathologist trained in the SAPPA approach that take place in a dyad (caregiver-person with aphasia) at home or on the AQPA premises, in groups with other families, as well as via telepractice.
The services are delivered in French or English according to preference. Likewise, the families decide with the Social Worker and the Speech-Language Pathologist the desired scheduling of meetings
What are the eligibility criteria?
SAPPA is open to all caregivers of a senior/person living with aphasia on the island of Montreal. Unfortunately we cannot offer our services to residents off of the island of Montreal.
How do I obtain services?
SAPPA is free; the person with aphasia and their caregiver must become members of the AQPA to benefit. SAPPA is subsidized by APPUI Montréal for caregivers of the elderly. For more information or to sign up a person with aphasia and their caregiver, please contact the Association Québécoise des personnes aphasiques (AQPA) at (514) 277-5678, extension 6, or by email: email@example.com.
Claire Croteau, Speech-Language Pathologist, Professor, & Researcher
Kalyna Franko, Speech-Language Pathologist & Coordinator
Maureen Stafford, Social Worker
Geneviève Mercier, Speech-Language Pathologist
Judith Tchen, Speech-Language Pathologist
Alexandra Tessier, Speech-Language Pathologist
Anabelle Rousseau, Speech-Language Pathologist
Dominique Barma-Hamel, Speech-Language Pathologist
Laurence Landry-Fortin, Speech-Language Pathologist
Béatrice Dalard Chay, Speech-Language Pathologist
Françoise Rollin, Executive Director of the AQPA
Visit ou Facebook page : « SAPPA – Service aux proches d’une personne aphasique » (French only). You will find advices, tips and resources which target caregivers of persons with aphasia. We also invite you to look, on our Youtube channel, to short videos created by our speech-language pathologists: « SAPPA project »
Contact APPUI Montreal for information about more caregiver services:
Caregiver Support is a free and confidential phone consultation, information and referral service for the caregivers of older adults, as well as friends and family, practitioners and health care professionals.
1 855 852-7784
*For an English language Facebook group offering information and support for caregivers of people with aphasia, please visit the Aphasia Recovery Connection website :https://www.facebook.com/aphasiaARC/.