Welcome to 5C: Inpatient Rehabilitation
What is Rehabilitation?
It is an active, coordinated process where people impacted by disease or injury work together with the Rehab team to regain their best level of independence.
Active: means you, the patient, participate fully in all aspects of your care and therapies.
Coordinated: means that your health care team will work with you and your family to provide an individualized program of assessment, treatment and education.
Independence: means participating as much as possible in everyday activities. Our goal is to help you achieve your independence. Your family is also encouraged to become involved in the rehabilitative process.
Rehabilitation is a time limited and goal oriented program. On admission, the health care professionals involved in your care will begin to complete individualized assessments and will help you to set Rehab goals. They will also start to discuss appropriate discharge plans. The Rehab team will determine your length of stay based on your goals and ability to progress and you will be notified of your discharge date.
Your family is welcome to assist you in achieving your Rehab goals, but you will be encouraged to do as much for yourself as possible. In addition to actively participating in your therapy program, it is essential that you also participate in your daily routines and responsibilities, as you work towards more independence
You will be expected to participate in daily individualized and/or group sessions. Each day, your therapy schedule will be posted on the whiteboard in your room.
Your progress will be discussed regularly by your health care team and information will be shared with you as required.
As part of your rehabilitative process, you may be encouraged to go out on day or weekend passes. This will help the health care team to identify any problems or issues that may require further work before you are discharged.
Your Health Care Team
The staff on the Rehabilitation unit work together as a team. A team/patient/family meeting can be arranged during your stay to discuss goals, needs, your progress, or discharge plans.
Your Physicians: are responsible for your medical care.
Clinical leader: a registered Nurse who coordinates patient care activities and is available from Monday to Friday during 7:30am to 3:30pm. A change nurse is available in the evening, night and weekend.
Your Primary Nurses: provide direct nursing care, support, and education. Your nurse assists you with the planning and coordination of your hospital stay and setting daily goals.
Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapist assistant: assesses your activities of daily living and helps you to more safely and independently perform these tasks. Additionally, your therapist may recommend the use of assistive devices that will make these tasks easier to complete.
Pharmacist: monitors drug therapy and helps to identify actual and potential drug related problems. Your pharmacist can provide information to you and your family about your prescribed medications.
Physiotherapist and Physiotherapist assistant: Assesses your physical movement and helps you become more comfortable, safe and independent as you move. We may also assist you with pain management and recommend walking aids.
Registered Dietitian: assesses nutritional issues and can provide education to you and your family about your individualized dietary needs.
Social Worker: assists in planning your discharge from the hospital, and may provide supportive counseling to you and your family as required. Your Social Worker may also make referrals to community service providers as necessary.
Speech Language Pathologist: works with patients who experience swallowing disorders, communication disorders (e.g. difficulty listening/reading, verbal expression/writing, voice/ fluency/clarity of speech) and cognition disorders.
What Will You Need?
Clothing: 2-3 changes of clothes are recommended. Choose loose fitting items, that are easy to put on.
- Pants / Shorts with an elasticized waist
- Shirts / Blouses
- House Coat
- Slippers with a full back
- Supportive Shoes (e.g. running shoes)
Personal Items: The unit is “Scent Free.” The use of perfumes and scented items is NOT permitted.
- Shampoo and Soap
- Toothbrush, Paste and mouthwash
- Comb / Brush
- Razor and Shaving Cream
- Eye Glasses
- Hearing Aids and Batteries
- Reading material, crosswords, etc.
What Happens on Discharge?
Discharge is a shared responsibility between you, your family and the health care team.
It is your responsibility to arrange for transportation home on the morning of your discharge. Discharge time is between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
On the day of discharge, if required, you will receive a list of your medical follow-up appointments. You will also receive prescriptions for the medications you have been taking on the Rehab unit.
It is recommended that you schedule a follow-up appointment with your family Doctor within a week after your discharge. If required, your therapists will discuss options for follow-up therapies. Equipment needs will also be assessed and options for renting or purchasing will be discussed with you.
Should the health care team feel that you require community support services when you leave the hospital, appropriate referrals will be made.
Things to Remember
You are the most important member of your health care team, and your full participation is essential to your success in the Rehabilitation program! We encourage your family and friends to visit in the evenings unless they will be participating with you in your therapy sessions.
You can contact us at: 905-848-7580 ext. 7167