What to Expect

​​​​In the Geriatric Rehabilitation Inpatient Service, you will work with a team of health care professionals to help you recover and prepare for your discharge.

Before You Arrive

Our program service coordinator can be contacted if you require any clarification regarding the program. If you are coming from acute care, the discharge planner, social worker or case manager will likely have provided information about the rehabilitation program.

When You Arrive

Our interprofessional team 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
  • Gather information about any private insurance you may have or other health benefits you may receive
  • Gather any other relevant information, such as advance directives
  • Help you get settled and quickly as possible
  • Answer any questions you may have

During Your Stay

Your Treatment
You and your family will work closely with our rehab team to complete a detailed assessment of your health and to develop realistic and achievable rehab goals specific to your situation.

Monitoring Your Health
Your rehab team will work with 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 rehab team at any other time, please let our staff know.

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 them 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​.

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 chance to tell us about your food preferences and allergies when you are admitted to the hospital. This information will be entered into our computer system, and your meals will take into account your preferences and allergies, as well as the diet plan specified by your doctor.

If you are taking any medications before 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 should 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 your medications, you can ask your pharmacist, doctor or nurse at any time.

It is important to wash your hands well and 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 length of stay will be determined on an individual basis when you arrive, based on your rehab goals and function. Your stay will likely between 2 – 3 weeks.

Preparing for Your Discharge

We will work with you and your family to start planning early for your safe and successful discharge from our rehab program.

At the end of your inpatient stay, we will arrange, if needed:

  • Referrals to the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)
  • Referrals to outpatient rehabilitation services or clinics
  • A prescription for any medications you require
  • A list of follow-up appointments (if applicable) or referrals to other doctors or therapists you may need to see after you leave
  • A discharge package that will include Information about recommended equipment, supplies and exercises to do at home​

On your discharge day, you will be expected to leave the unit by 10:00 am. Please ensure arrangements are made well in advance to avoid delays in your discharge time.

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 here to help you.​