• St. Joseph's Health Crisis Fund

The Transitional and Lifelong Care (TLC) Impact Fund

doctor caring for patient

"The TLC program helps me get the medical care I need, and the doctors and nurses are very knowledgeable and helpful. The TLC social group is a fun way to get out of the house, socialize with lots of people who are part of the program and play fun games and activities like bowling." — Chris Madden, patient (pictured above with Dr. Caitlin Cassidy, Physician Lead with the TLC Program)

Medical advances have enabled people with childhood-onset conditions like spina bifida, cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities to live longer than ever before. But the transition into adulthood can be challenging for their varied and special needs. Many programs and services that help people with complex needs during their youth are no longer available once they become an adult.

The Transitional and Lifelong Care (TLC) Program at Parkwood Institute opened in 2014 to care for adults living with childhood-onset disabilities. So far it has enabled more than 500 people with childhood-onset disabilities to live life to the fullest through personalized care programs.

And the TLC Program needs your support. Community support is essential for the team to conduct innovative medical research to develop new treatments and therapies, provide recreational and educational events for patients and supply specialized equipment to support activities of daily living and therapy like adapted utensils, hand splints and elastic shoelaces. With your support we can meet the complex needs of the patients we serve.