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In Canada, there are approximately 4,300 new spinal cord injuries each year and 86,000 people live with spinal cord injury or disease.
Toronto Rehab's Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program is the largest rehabilitation program in Canada for people with spinal cord injuries and related non-traumatic neurological conditions. Our 60-bed rehabilitation facility accepts patients from across the Greater Toronto area and northwards. We also accept patients from other areas of the province, nationally and sometimes internationally.
Our inpatient program is a high intensity rehabilitation program for patients age 16 and older. Patients must be able to participate in 3 hours of rehab a day. Patients must have a confirmed diagnosis of spinal cord injury or disease because of a trauma (fall, car crash) or disease (arthritis, cancer). Our interprofessional health care team has extensive expertise in all aspects of spinal cord rehabilitation and integration into the community.
Our goal is to help patients to become as independent as possible and maximize their functional status in preparation for return to their community.
Our program is an essential link in an individual's continuum of care – from hospital to rehabilitation to their successful return to their community. Patients are fully involved in setting rehab goals, learning about care needs, discharge planning and working hard to progress. The patient is the most important member of our heath care team.
We provide a full range of inpatient, outpatient and follow-up care, including a large number of specialized services and clinics. All of our programming and services at Lyndhurst work together to optimize function and independence.
At Lyndhurst, we are committed to ensuring our program brings together specialized clinical care, education and research innovation. Toronto Rehab researchers are national and international leaders in areas such as bone health for spinal cord patients and the use of innovative technologies to help restore function.
We integrate the latest research into all the care we provide. Our researchers work side by side with our health care teams. Our patients can choose to participate in our research projects – and benefit from discoveries as we make them.
We also share our innovative interventions, clinical practices and technologies with rehabilitation providers across the country and around the world.
An Overview of Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation at UHN Toronto Rehab Lyndhurst Centre
A Typical Day at UHN Toronto Rehab Lyndhurst Spinal Cord Rehab Centre
Community Integration During Inpatient Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation
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Our patients benefit from the expertise of a wide range of skilled rehabilitation professionals who work together in an interprofessional team. The patient and family are always at the centre of this team. Each health care team member contributes specialized knowledge to the rehab program we provide. Depending on your rehabilitation goals, you may work with the following professionals during your stay:
Other team members may include educators, ethicists, students and volunteers.
Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCI Ontario) is an integral part of Toronto Rehab's
Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program.
In the Spinal Cord Rehab Inpatient Service, a team of health care professionals will care for you during your stay and help you prepare for your discharge.
Note: We have a Zero Tolerance on site for both drugs and alcohol. Patients found with substances may be discharged early.
For your stay, bring the following items. If you forget to bring anything with you or if you arrive in our inpatient unit after transferring from another hospital, a friend or family member can bring the items after you have been admitted.
Documents and Information
Clothing and Personal Items
You may also want to bring:
Note: We do not take responsibility for your money or valuables. If you choose to bring them into the hospital, you are doing so at your own risk.
Your first day may be a little overwhelming. Your health care team will meet you and determine the best way to start your rehab. During the first one or two days you will:
Other members of your health care team might meet with you during the first few days as needed.
Throughout your inpatient stay, you will be as independent as possible and actively participate in your rehab program. We will develop a personalized treatment plan with you and your family to meet your needs and goals. To get the most out of your rehabilitation program, it will be necessary for you to be as active as possible every day. Rehabilitation is different from an acute care hospital, where you may have been for surgery or treatment. Our focus in rehabilitation is helping you learn about your spinal cord injury and become as independent as possible. The program uses evidence-based treatment methods for all aspects of your rehabilitation program. We will encourage you to take full advantage of the resources our service has to offer. There are many opportunities to learn from other patients during your admission.
Monitoring Your HealthYour 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,
CT scans or other tests performed during your stay.If we recommend that you have any of these tests, we will tell you why it is important for you and meet with you afterwards 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.
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Throughout our hospital, you and your family and other visitors can find a range of amenities to make your stay more enjoyable and comfortable. The following amenities are available at Lyndhurst:
You will have a chance to tell us about your food preferences and allergies when you are admitted to the hospital. This information is kept in your health record. Your meals will take into account your preferences and allergies, as well as the diet plan specified by your doctor.
Let us know if you were taking any medications before your admission. Your care team will monitor all of your medications. They will give you medications at the required time and teach you:
If you want to know more about your medications, you can ask your pharmacist, doctor or nurse at any time.
The length of your stay will be based on your health care team's assessment of your condition, the extent of your injury and your active participation in the rehab program. Soon after you arrive on the unit, we will discuss with you and your family how long you will be staying. You and your family are partners in discharge planning that starts at the beginning of your admission.
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 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, please ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
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.
You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.