What is rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation is more than a service delivered by a therapist. Rehabilitation works to support wellness and quality of life, and improve the ability to participate in meaningful life.

Rehabilitation can help people:

  • Develop skills for the first time
  • Recover from unexpected illness
  • Manage long-term medical or neurological conditions
  • Self-manage long-term conditions
  • Recover and regain skills after a major trauma
  • Maintain skills and independence when conditions progress
  • Access advocacy for people who are vulnerable and need support

Rehabilitation in Alberta

Rehabilitation occurs in hospitals, clinics, community settings, long-term care facilities, schools, and other locations.  Ask your doctor, health professional, or other care provider for more information about services you might need.

Community rehabilitation refers to services that are available in Albertans’ communities, outpatient clinics or other settings. For information and list of available services, visit Community Rehabilitation.

Who does Rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation professionals partner with patients, families in providing services.  Along their rehabilitation journey, people may encounter one or more of these providers:

  • Audiologists
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Therapy Assistants
  • Recreation Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Spiritual Health Practitioners
  • Child Life Therapists
  • Physicians, Physiatrists, Surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Dietitians
  • Orthotists / Prosthetists
  • Kinesiologists

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