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The Short-Term Rehabilitation Unit (STRU) is an in-patient rehabilitation service that focuses on assessment and treatment of patients who require intensive, short-term (three weeks or less) rehabilitation, either post-surgery or illness to improve their day-to day independence. Patients referred to the unit may have undergone complicated joint-replacement procedures, back surgery, suffered mild strokes or been weakened by prolonged illness.

Our Services

The STRU helps patients set and achieve their goals, which may assist with:

  • Daily-living activities (personal hygiene, dressing, meal preparation, etc.)
  • Instrumental activities (banking, grocery shopping, etc.)
  • Mobility
  • Endurance
  • Speech difficulties
  • Memory strategies

Our Team

Our dedicated team of specialists includes:

  • Physiotherapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Rehabilitation assistants
  • Speech language pathologists
  • Social workers
  • Registered nurses
  • Registered practical nurses
  • Physiatrists (rehabilitation specialists)
  • Family physicians
  • Clinical manager

Making an Appointment

Patients are referred to the unit by the physician or the medical team of an acute care unit at The Ottawa Hospital. Each referred patient undergoes an assessment by a highly trained rehabilitation nurse clinician to determine if the unit can help with their needs and attainment of rehabilitation goals. If so, this nurse will arrange for transfer to the STRU as soon as a bed becomes available.


During your time at the STRU, you will work with a core team of at least four rehabilitation specialists to help you achieve your goals and successfully return to community-based living.

However, you are the most important member of your rehabilitation team and will be expected to:

  • Do as much of your personal care as you are able to do.
  • Have comfortable clothes & non-slip shoes brought in for you.
  • Participate in all of your scheduled therapies.
  • Sign out when you leave the unit & sign back in on return.
  • Follow-up with your family doctor after discharge.

Discharge/Follow-up Treatment

During your stay, a discharge plan will be developed according to patient needs and goals to assist you in achieving community-based success while living with a physical disability. The most important people involved in planning for your discharge are you, your family members or close friends and all members of the rehabilitation team. Other key participants are representatives from community agencies who will be arranging or providing services to you in the community.

Contact Us

Helen Brezynskie, Clinical Manager
Tel.: 613-737-8899 ext. 73168

Frederic Beauchemin, Clinical Director
613-798-5555 ext. 17660

The Short Term Rehabilitation Unit
The Ottawa Hospital, General campus
501 Smyth Rd. Ottawa, ON, K1H 8L6
Tel.: 737-8899 ext. 78750
Fax:  613-737-8751

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Last updated on: February 22nd, 2021