What is Rehabilitation?
It is an active, coordinated program that encourages you to regain your best possible level of independence.
The GBGH Rehabilitation program is located on the first floor of our Midland site.
Here is what this means:
Active: You will be expected to participate fully in your program. With your permission, your family is encouraged to be involved as well.
Coordinated: Our Rehabilitation Team develops a program just for you. This includes assessment, treatment and education.
Independence: You will work towards completing daily activities of living with as little assistance as possible.
Who will help me with my Rehabilitation?
Depending on your specific needs, a number of different rehabilitation professionals may be involved in your care.
The following people may be a part of your Rehabilitation Team:
Physician, Nurse, Occupational Therapist (OT), Physiotherapist (PT), Pharmacist, Recreation Therapist, Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), Social Worker, Dietitian, Discharge Planner, Community Care Access Centre Coordinator, Chaplain, Rehabilitation Assistants and You.
You are the most important member of the Rehabilitation Team.
What does Rehabilitation involve?
- You will work with the team to set realistic goals for your recovery. Sometimes a goal setting meeting is held with you, your family and the Rehabilitation Team
- Your Rehabilitation Team will complete assessments and develop a program with you and your family helps you achieve your goals
- Individual and/or group therapy sessions will be scheduled during the day, Monday to Friday excluding holidays
- You may be requested to perform additional exercises or activities during off- hours to supplement your scheduled therapy times
- You will be expected to take an active role in completing your daily activities and personal care
- You will be expected to attend the dining room for lunch and dinner
- Significant Others / Family members are essential partners in the rehabilitation process. With your permission, they may take you out on passes, assist with your therapy programs and attend meetings with the team.
How Can I Prepare for My Rehabilitation?
Here are some items you will need to bring with you for your stay:
Preparing for Discharge
Your length of stay is dependent on your treatment plan. You will be informed of your discharge date in advance.
The team will work with you and your family to help plan your discharge. A family conference may be arranged if required.
- You will be expected to go home for a day and/or weekend. These visits will help you practice what you have learned and identify what you need to focus on to safely return home
- Your equipment needs will also be determined. You will be informed of rental/purchase options
- Your therapists will discuss the most appropriate options for further therapy after discharge (if required). Arranging these appointments is your responsibility
- You will receive a package on discharge that includes follow up instructions, home therapy programs and prescriptions
- You are requested to follow up with your Family Doctor immediately after discharge.
What happens upon discharge?
It is your responsibility to arrange for a ride on the morning of discharge by 11am.
On the day of your discharge you will be expected to have your family member/friend meet you on the rehab unit. You may be transported to the main entrance using the wheel chair or walker from the Rehab unit. This equipment must be returned to the unit prior to your departure.
A Few Things to Remember…
Please attach identity labels to all your personal items.
You or your family are responsible for any clothes laundering you may require. There are laundry facilities available on the unit.
Please leave all valuables at home. You may wish to keep a small amount of money for incidentals such as the gift shop or hair dresser. This can be kept in a safe until needed.
Smoking is NOT permitted on hospital property.
9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Visitors should consider that visits during the day Monday – Friday could interfere with the rehabilitation program but you may be invited by the team to help your family member with therapy or to participate in education sessions.
You are encouraged to ask questions of the Team.
If you have any questions or concerns about your care you can speak to the Team Leader who is available Monday – Friday until 3 p.m.
Rehabilitation involves the work of many people helping you achieve your maximum level of independence.
Your commitment and participation is the key to success!