Inpatient Rehabilitation Units (IRU)

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Units (IRU) at Lakeridge Health offer short-term inpatient rehabilitation programs for people recovering from a fracture, joint replacement, amputation, or weakness resulting from surgery or a medical condition. Our goal is to help you get back your strength and independence to support your plan to return home.

Your health care team in the hospital has many different members. We encourage you and your family member/partner-in-care to be involved in your care.

Your health care team will include:

  • You! You are the most important member of your health care team, and your full participation is essential to your success in the Rehabilitation program!
  • Doctor: “I prescribe your care and treatment.”
  • Nurse: “I provide you with the care and treatment.”
  • Pharmacist: “I make sure your medications are safe and effective.”
  • Occupational Therapist: “I help you keep or improve your ability to perform daily activities”
  • Physiotherapist: “I help you keep or improve your physical abilities.”
  • Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Assistants (OTA & PTA): “I provide the care and treatment assigned by your Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist.”

Your health care team may also include:

  • Care Coordinator from Home and Community Care: “I will discuss homecare services that are available to you.”
  • Chaplain: “I will provide supportive non-intrusive/non-judgmental counseling that will address your emotional, spiritual and religious care needs, whether you adhere to any faith tradition or not without exception."
  • Registered Dietician: “I help you with problems or concerns with your nutrition.” · Social Worker: “I am trained in counseling techniques to help you solve problems, make decisions and improve your feelings of wellbeing.”
  • Speech-Language Pathologist: “I help with communication and swallowing difficulties.”

Location and Contact Information

We have two Inpatient Rehabilitation Units at Lakeridge Health. You will complete your inpatient rehabilitation at the location with the first available bed.

Lakeridge Health Oshawa

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (5th Floor, F Wing)

1 Hospital Court Oshawa, ON, L1G 2B9

Tel: 905-576-8711 Ext: 33304 Fax: 905-721-4794

Lakeridge Health Whitby

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (3rd Floor)

300 Gordon Street Whitby, ON, L1N 5T2

Tel: 905-668-6831 Ext: 53017 Fax: 905-665-2400

What to expect during your stay

  • You will be assessed by members of your health care team.
  • A plan will be made between you and your health care team to support your recovery.
  • A proposed discharge date will be written on the white board in your room within a few days of being admitted to the hospital. How long you stay in hospital is different for each patient.
  • You will be expected to participate in your therapy program to the best of your ability. It is important for you to be as active as possible while in hospital. This will help improve your overall health.
  • A Care Coordinator from Home Community Care may meet with you before you go home to determine what in-home services you might be eligible for.
  • If needed, referrals for follow-up appointments and outpatient therapy will be completed for you.
  • We have free in-room incoming and outgoing telephone services and free wireless internet service available to you and your family member/partner-in-care. We can also support virtual communication with your loved ones.
  • Monthly parking passes are available by contacting the Parking Office.

What you should bring:

  • Comfortable, loose fitting clothes
  • Sleepwear such as pajamas and/or housecoat
  • Shoes with non-slip soles
  • Personal items such as toiletries, hearing aids, glasses, dentures, incontinent products
  • You may be asked to bring your mobility aid such as a cane, walker or wheelchair
  • Please ensure your personal items are labeled. Leave valuable items at home as we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Tips to help you recover:

  • Make notes of your questions to discuss with your team
  • Be active in your own health care
  • Understand your abilities and limitations
  • Set your realistic goals and priorities
  • Discuss with your therapist what you can do on your own to help you keep moving forward.
  • Remember to balance your activity and get rest to avoid fatigue
  • Celebrate every success!

Your family member/partner-in-care can help you by:

  • Cheering you on!
  • Communicating with your health care team
  • Attending therapy session to help prepare for home, if appropriate
  • Assisting you with therapy activities at home
  • Purchasing any recommended equipment for you prior to going home, if necessary
  • Attending a discharge support meeting, to talk about going home, if one has been booked for you

More information

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit (IRU) brochure 

Lakeridge Health Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Clinic

Lakeridge Health Amputee Rehabilitation