Rehab Day Services
Outpatient theray is offered through Rehabilitation Day Services (RDS) at Saskatoon City Hospital. A core team of healthcare professionals made up of Occuptational Therapists, Physical Therapists, a Recreation Therapist, and a Speech Language Pathologist offer individual and group programming to improve independence and to help with transition to the community.
Criteria for Referral to Rehab Day Services
Referrals are screened through a centralized intake process. Clients are then prioritized according to need and potential for rehabilitation. Appropriate referrals include clients who have been diagnosed with:
- Acquired Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- and other neurological issues
Additional criteria include:
- Attainable therapeutic goals
- medically stable
- has own transportation
- no duplication of therapy services elsewhere
How To Refer a Client to Rehab Day Services
An RDS Referral Form must be completed by a physician or other healthcare professional for each client for whom services are requested. All physicians from the Provincial Health Authority may refer directly.
Referrals can be made for Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Recreation Therapy, and/or Speech Language Pathology. Additional services also provided by the Rehab Team include Social Work and Psychology.
Social Work support is available to Rehab Day Services patients and families on a consultation basis. Social Work, within the realm of our Rehab Day Services Program, is a brief intervention service that strides to connect patients and family with existing resources and supports in the community.
What Clients Can Expect at Rehab Day Services
After receiving the referral from a physician or health care professional, the RDS Coordinator will contact the client with an intake questionnaire. Following that, appointments will be booked for assessment by the approriate therapies. The frequency, duration, and nature of therapy sessions vary from person to person depending on need. The client will work with their therapiests to set goals, determine the course of treatment, and anticipate a timeline for discharge. Clients need to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for exercise and practical footwear (ie. good walking shoes). Clients should also bring eyeglasses, splints/braces, hearing aid, and their own walking aids to their appointments.
The most important part of therapy is using what the client learns here for everyday life. The therapist will make recommendations or give "homework" to complete. The client is responsible to continue these activities at home to augment their therapy on RDS. An early introduction to community resources will occur to prepare them for transition to local exercise programs and leisure opportunities.
Therapy may also include sessions with therapy assistants for individual or group sessions. The client is expected to attend all sessions at the scheduled times.
RDS Scheduled Appointment Policies
Appointment(s) are scheduled 2 weeks in advance and are relayed in person or by telephone. The client is asked to pick up their schedule for the following 2 weeks at Rehab Reception.
We do our best to accommodate each client's schedule, however we cannot guarantee specific appointment times. Early notification of other appointments assists with our planning.
Clients should inform the coordinator if they need to access special transportation so that schedules can be given far enough in advance for the client to arrange their own transportation.
If the client is unable to attend an appointment, RDS must be notified as early as possible in advance. If 2 scheduled appointments are missed without proper notification, the client may be discharged. If 3 or more appointments are missed, the client's file may be closed and they would have to be re-referred when they are able to attend regularly.
The RDS Coordinator is available from 1:00pm - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Please leave a message if outside of this time. Your call will be returned as quickly as possible.
Rehab Day Services
7th floor, Saskatoon City Hospital
701 Queen Street
Saskatoon, SK S7K 0M7
Phone: 306-655-8825 Fax: 306-655-8813