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Prior to admission, patients are assessed by a physiatrist (doctor who specializes in rehabilitation) who conducts a physical examination and asks questions about the patient’s current situation.

Following admission, patients undergo an interdisciplinary assessment by The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre’s team. The assessment phase for an inpatient stay can take anywhere from three days to one week.

During the assessment, the following areas will are examined:

  • Overall medical condition and health status, including pain and skin integrity
  • Mobility, including transfers, walking and wheelchair use
  • Ability for self-care, including dressing, washing, bowel and bladder management, eating and grooming
  • Communication
  • Cognition
  • Nutrition
  • Social history
  • Transportation and home accessibility
  • Recreation and vocational interests

Based on this assessment, the team, in collaboration with the patient, will develop patient-specific goals to allow for achievement of the maximum level of independence.