The Second Chance of Northwest Florida's Training Program provides post rehabilitation care for adult brain injury survivors in a group setting. The goal of the program is to enable participants to relearn skills and activities lost as a result of their injuries and to learn to adapt to their disability in a safe and positive environment. Each participant strives toward greater independence, a renewed purpose in life, and even engage in productive paid or volunteer work if they choose.
The program operates on Monday - Friday from 8AM-2PM. The cost of the program is $50/month. Members participate in a variety of challenging and rewarding activities to reach their goals. Activities include cognitive skills (memory and concentration), occupational, physical, and speech therapy, socialization and prevocational skills development, daily living skills (personal care, basic housekeeping, meal planning, preparation, shopping, and money management), computer, arts, music, nutrition, health and cooking classes, volunteerism, recreation, and community reintegration activities.
Family Support Services
The first Tuesday night of each month at 6PM Second Chance hosts a Family and Friends Covered Dish Dinner at 819 East 11th Street (A.D. Harris). This is a wonderful time for survivors and caregivers to come together to support each other and share experiences. If you would like an email reminder of this event, please contact us.
Advocacy and Referral Services
If you are a caregiver or survivor in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, or Washington county feel free to contact us and we will help direct you to the appropriate resource.
Community Education and Prevention
There are over 210,000 Floridians living with TBI related disabilities and that number is expected to increase to 260,000 by 2020. Approximately 1,881 Bay County residents live with TBI related disabilities. Brain injury is often referred to as the “Silent Epidemic” and can cause a number of challenges to the recipient including loss of communication skills, self awareness, social skills, increased behavioral issues, loss of job, driving privileges, and loss of place in the family circle.
It is the goal of Second Chance to educate the community, all ages, about brain injury to help prevent future injuries from occurring. Second Chance has spoken to local civic groups, senior centers, nursing homes, businesses and schools. If you are interested in learning about brain injury and how to prevent it, please contact us!