Rehabilitation Services is located on Level 1 between inpatient units 1A and 1B.
Enter the Health Sciences Centre through the main doors, turn right to the Grand Staircase.
By stairs: Take the stairs down and at the bottom, turn left down the hallway. Rehabilitation Services will be on the right between inpatient units 1A and 1B.
By elevator: Turn right at the Grand Staircase where you’ll see the elevator at the beginning of the hallway immediately to your right. Take the elevator down to Level 1, then turn right out of the elevator. Rehabilitation Services will be on the right between inpatient units 1A and 1B.
Please direct all questions about your care to your healthcare provider(s), including your primary care provider (doctor, nurse practitioner, etc.) and/or your therapist.
For general questions about the Health Sciences Centre, please call the Switchboard at (807) 684-6000 and we will direct your call.
Thanks to a Volunteer Association/Health Sciences Foundation Family CARE Grant, the Health Sciences Centre’s patient consent form is being translated to Oji-Cree, Cree and Ojibway. Aboriginal patients who do not speak or understand English will now have a form in their language to clearly understand what treatment or tests they are being asked to consent to.
Rehabilitation Services provides assessment and treatment for inpatients (and some outpatients) after a traumatic injury or illness, such as an injury from a motor vehicle collision or recovering from stroke. Rehabilitation begins as soon as the patient is able to engage in activity – in some cases, even the same day as surgery or a medical event. Getting patients mobile as quickly as possible increases their chances of regaining as much function as possible.
The primary goal of any rehabilitation program is to improve the patient’s level of function to his or her maximum ability. Since most of our services are provided to inpatients, the rehab they receive here is just the start in many cases. After discharge, patients may require other rehabilitation services through St. Joseph’s Care Group, the CCAC, or another community agency. Where possible, these services will be arranged before the patient is discharged.
Depending on the type of injury, patients will see one or more of the following healthcare professionals:
Our physiotherapists provide mobility assessment and treatment services for a variety of medical conditions to help patients regain mobility, strength, and movement. Physiotherapists can also consult with the patient about creating exercise routines and making health lifestyle changes to help them recover more fully after an illness or injury, and help maximize their level of function for as long as possible into the future.
(Note that the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre also offers physiotherapy and other rehab services to knee and hip replacement patients through the Regional Joint Assessment Centre, and post-heart attack care through the Cardiac Education and Rehabilitation Program.)
Our occupational therapists help patients with reduced levels of mobility and function maintain as much independence as possible in their daily lives, and/or help caregivers (in-home or at a facility) provide the best care possible. They assess such aspects as the patient’s current living arrangements, can suggest assistive medical devices, and provide help adjusting. Occupational therapists also help with discharge planning.
Registered kinesiologists and recreational therapists help in patient recovery by providing therapeutic leisure and exercise activities at the Health Sciences Centre, and work with patients to establish an active lifestyle to help them improve their health and remain healthy after discharge.
Our speech-language pathologists work with patients who have difficulty swallowing or communicating as a result of any illness or injury, particularly stroke patients.
For more information about your care (or the care of a family member), please talk directly to your healthcare professional who is working with you, or talk to your primary care provider.
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