What to Expect

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​In the Brain​​​​​​​ Injury Rehab Inpatient Service, a team of health care profession​als will care for you to help you recover and prepare for your discharge.​​


When You Arrive

Our inpatient units have secure doors to enter and exit. Doors are locked to ensure the well-being of patients who may have trouble keeping track of where they are, where they are going or how to get back. To enter the unit, use the phone outside the entrance and call the number displayed on the wall. If your health care team determines you can safely leave the unit during your stay, you may be able to leave the unit on your own – for example, to go to the patio or get a coffee in the main floor lounge.

An admitting clerk or nurse will meet with you shortly after you arrive. They will welcome you and:​

  • Tell you about the services available while you are at Toronto Rehab
  • Get your health card (OHIP card) number
  • Get information about any private insurance you may have or other health benefits you may receive
  • Get any other relevant information, such as advance directives
  • ​Help you get settled and comfortable as quickly as possible​

During Your Stay

Your Treatment
T​​​hroughout your inpatient stay, you will be as ind​​​ependent as possible and actively participate in your treatment. We will develop a personalized treatment plan with you and your family to meet your needs and goals. ​​

​​​You will usually see 2 or more specialized therapists each day from Monday to Saturday, depending on your needs. Each therapy session will be about 45 minutes​​ long. These ses​sions will focus on restoring your functions that can be restored and, when that isn't possible, we will teach you how to do things differently.​

​Monitoring Your Health 
Your health care team will see you every day. We will talk with you about how you are doing and answer any questions you may have. If you want to speak with a member of your health care team at any other time, ask the nurse looking after you.

You may have blood tests, x-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans or other tests performed during your stay. If we recommend that you receive any of these tests, we will discuss these tests with you in advance, and we will meet with you afterward to discuss the results.


We encourage you to have family members, friends and other supportive visitors during your stay. You are welcome to meet with visitors in your room, in the common lounge areas and in the visiting areas outdoors. 

Learn more about visiting patients at UHN.

Amenities ​​

Throughout our hospital, you and your family and other visitors can find a range of amenities to make your stay more enjoyable and comfortable. Learn more about amenities at UHN hospitals​.

Eating and ​Drinking

You will have a chanc​​e to tell us about your food ​preferences and allergies when you are admitted to the hospital. This information will be ente​​red into our computer system, and your meals will take in​to account your preferences and allergies, as well as the diet plan specified by your doctor.


If you are taking any med​​ications bef​ore you enter the hospital or if our health care professionals order new medications during your stay, we will provide your medications at the required times.

For each medication, you shoul​​d know:

  • The name of the medication
  • Why you need it
  • How much to take
  • When to take it
  • Any side effects it may cause

If you want to know more about yo​​ur medications, you can ask your pharmacist, doctor or nurse at any time.

Pain Management

As your body heals after your injury, you may experience some pain and discomfort. Our goal is to make sure that you have as little pain as possible.

Managing your pain can help your recovery. Pain management can:

  • Decrease the amount of stress on your body
  • Promote healing
  • Decrease complications
  • Prevent the development of chronic or long-term pain​

To manage your pa​​​in, we need to know what you are feeling. You can describe your pain on a number scale, where "0" means "no pain" and "10" means "the worst pain you can imagine." You can also describe your pain with words like:

  • Mild 
  • Moderate
  • Severe
  • Sharp
  • Achy
  • ​​Thr​​obbi​ng

These words can help us understand a​nd treat your pain.​

Hand Was​​hing

I​t is important t​o was​h your hands well an​d often while you are in the hospital. Washing your hands will reduce the chances that you will become sick or get an infection.

It's okay to ask your doctor, nurse and other health care providers to wash or sanitize their hands using a gel hand sanitizer before examining you.

You can learn more about infection control at UHN.

How Long Will Your Stay Be?​​

Your stay in the Brain Injury Rehab Inpatient Service may be as short as 3 weeks, or it may be longer. The length of your stay will be based on your health care team's assessment of your level of function. Soon after you arrive on the unit, we will discuss with you and your family how long you will be staying.

Preparing for​ Your Discharge

We will work with you and your family to start planning early for your discharge to help you make a safe and successful transition to the next stage of your rehabilitation, either at home or in your community.

At the end of your inpatient stay, we will give you any discharge instructions and a prescription for any medications you require.

If you have any questions about your discharge or your care needs before you leave the hospital, don't be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are he​re to help you.​​​