Rehabilitation Team

What is Rehabilitation?

  • Rehabilitation helps people who have had changes in their abilities as a result of injury or illness.
  • Rehabilitation aims to help you function your best at home, at work or in your leisure time.
  • Rehabilitation is a team approach – you are the centre of this team.

The Rehabilitation team

Everyone’s needs are different. Your rehabilitation team may include some or all of the following disciplines.

  • Medicine (doctor)
    • Manages your medical care during your time in rehabilitation.
    • Communicates with your family doctor or other specialists as appropriate.
  • Nursing
    • Helps with any nursing care needs (e.g. bowel or bladder care, skin or foot care, review of medications).
  • Therapeutic recreation
    • Helps you develop and use your leisure time in ways that improve your health, independence and quality of life.
  • Psychology
    • Assesses and treats changes that may occur in your concentration, thinking and memory.
    • Helps you to better cope with the stress that may come with changes to your health.
  • Occupational therapy
    • Helps you reach your highest level of function in activities important to you.
    • Improves your skills for everyday tasks such as self-care, work or leisure.
    • Assesses home, work or school setting to suggest equipment or adaptations to make access easier.
    • Assesses your memory and thinking skills.
    • Assesses driving skills.
  • Physiotherapy
    • Improves and maintains your physical abilities.
    • Helps manage and prevent physical impairments.
  • Clinical nutrition
    • Assesses your nutritional intake and needs.
    • Educates you on managing eating and nutrition issues if needed.
    • Suggests ways to change food texture if you have swallowing problems.
  • Social work
    • Helps you and your family adjust to changes in your life resulting from your health issues.
    • Builds on your present strengths and resources.
    • Where needed, advocates for community-based support services to improve quality of life
  • Speech-Language pathology
    • Assesses and treats communication problems including reading, writing, speech and language.
    • Assesses and treats swallowing difficulties.
    • Educates family members and caregivers on how to make communication with you easier and as successful as possible.
  • Orthotist
    • Designs, makes, and fits custom braces to improve or maintain your mobility.
    • Designs and provides orthopedic footwear or shoe modifications (e.g. lifts).
    • Designs, makes, and provides products to assist with diabetic foot ulcer prevention and healing.
  • Prosthetist
    • Designs, makes and provides artificial limbs (prostheses) for people with arm or leg amputations.
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Last updated: 2021-06-22