We can all relate to feelings of disruption and uncertainty right now. At Toronto Rehab, we are focused on the wellbeing of our patients, colleagues, families, and community, as we face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Physical distancing is a new phenomenon, and its impact on patient therapy, care and research is evolving daily.
As we work to reduce the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus, we’re as dedicated as ever to the vital role of rehab in helping our patients regain mobility, maintain health, and manage pain. To that end, most outpatient areas have introduced innovative, virtual therapy, via telephone or video.
WAYS YOU CAN HELP
We are grateful to those who have contacted us to find out how they can support Toronto Rehab’s response to COVID-19. Ways you can help through your support of our COVID-19 response include:
- Combatting Social Isolation: UHN has introduced a temporary no-visitors policy to protect patients and staff, and reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering our buildings. While this is a necessary step, it puts our inpatients at greater risk of depression and anxiety. Social isolation has also been found to exacerbate any preexisting medical conditions, from cardiovascular diseases to Alzheimer’s. Urgent action is needed to mitigate the mental and physical health consequences of social isolation. Your giving will help support technology (virtual visits with loved ones), recreational therapy, and assistance in maintaining hygiene and wellbeing.
- Virtual Rehabilitation: Remote delivery of rehabilitative therapy, via telephone or video, is an ideal model to support ongoing patient care - especially for the most vulnerable. Toronto Rehab is leveraging our experience delivering online therapy, and scaling it more broadly across our programs. Most patients are responsive to virtual care options, and feel comforted in knowing that Toronto Rehab has found an innovative way for them to stay connected to their care team. Donor support is needed to help increase the infrastructure around our rapidly-expanding virtual rehabilitation services.
- Equipment and Beds: Health professionals, support staff, and other team members are helping facilitate optimal patient flow and earlier discharges, wherever possible, in Toronto Rehab’s inpatient units. To support hospitals in prioritizing the escalating needs of COVID-19 patients and protecting the wider community, Toronto Rehab is also opening a new unit at our University Centre site to provide an alternative level of care for those awaiting long-term beds who require safe and continuing medical attention. Hospital beds and other equipment are urgently required to effectively furnish this new unit and support our evolving healthcare role.
- Front-line Staff Assistance: During this time of crisis, our care teams are challenged to maintain their resiliency and wellbeing. They are being redeployed and finding new ways to care for their patients but also have the health and safety of themselves, and their loved ones, to protect. To support these heroes, we are working with supporters to provide assistance with parking expenses so front-line staff can avoid public transit and supplying hotel accommodations as required to keep staff and their families safe.
To help us escalate our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please Donate Today
For up-to-date UHN information and resources about COVID-19, visit www.uhn.ca/covid19