What’s intensive rehabilitation?
Intensive rehabilitation is a service provided down south. It helps you recover more quickly from injury/surgery so you can get back to the regular activities that you enjoy. It can be Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy, Social Services, or Psychology.
How long does it take?
It depends on the individual's situation. Typically, rehab can last from a couple of weeks to a couple of months.
- More active, more quickly—it’s easier for you to return to your regular activities.
- Learning about how to manage challenges.
- Access to specific resources, equipment and training that you need.
- Improved quality of life.
Deciding if you need it
Intensive Rehab means staying down south longer so you can recover more quickly and completely.
It’s your choice. To help you decide:
- Ask your health care team about your prognosis with intensive rehabilitation.
- Ask what services you need to help your recovery.
- Ask for a translator if you need one.
- Ask yourself how you feel about what you can or cannot do. How difficult will it be for you and your family?
What if I feel like I just want to go home?
It can be difficult to be away from your community and your relatives for a while, but if you choose to go home early:
- There’s no intensive rehabilitation at your CMC.
- Your recovery might be delayed and you might permanently lose the ability to do certain activities.
- You could be an increased burden to your relatives.
Remember: You can always try it and leave—going home first and then changing your mind can be more complicated.
Please note that for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic the Cree Health Board has imposed new health and safety measures for medical travel. These measures are subject to change. Please visit our COVID-19 page for the latest updates.