Assessment Team Members
Prior to admission to treatment the majority of clients are seen for a two day multidisciplinary assessment. The purpose of this assessment is to determine appropriate treatment recommendations and to ensure all necessary investigations are completed prior to treatment. The assessments are completed by the following health care professionals:
- Physical Therapists
- Occupational Therapists
- Ph.D. Psychologists
- Rehabilitation Coordinators
At the completion of the assessment, the assessment team members meet to discuss their clinical findings. and determine appropriate treatment recommendations. To conclude the assessment conference, the assessment team meets with the client to discuss their clinical findings and treatment recommendations.
Not all assessment clients are recommended to attend FIT for Active Living program for treatment. Recommendations our made based on the client's rehabilitation needs.
Treatment Team Members
Work as part of an interdisciplinary team to provide a clinical picture of clients involved in the assessment process and/or the treatment program. The Physical Therapist is responsible to provide biomechanical assessment and treatment for all spinal and peripheral joints, and work with the team to generate diagnoses, problem solve and create ongoing rehabilitation plans which will best meet each client's individual rehabilitation needs. Physical therapy treatment can include, but is not limited to manual therapy, education regarding your problem and self management of it, acupuncture, exercise prescription, vestibular/balance retraining, recommendation for assistive devices/walking aids/orthotics.
Assist clients to reach and maintain their highest level of function in occupational performance areas by treatment of client limitations, education and modification of the home and work environment. Occupational therapists provide a range of assessments and treatment including: facilitating graduated return to work/home/community activities, prescribing functional conditioning and work simulation programs, conducting functional capacity evaluations and functional ability evaluations, application of ergonomic principles and prescribing adaptive equipment to facilitate independence.
Provide an assessment of a client’s overall fitness levels and develop conditioning programs to improve overall fitness and address specific musculoskeletal or cardiovascular concerns. This is achieved through individual and group strength, flexibility, cardiovascular, aquatherapy, core stability programs.
The Exercise Therapists aid clients to the return of active leisure pursuits and provides wellness and fitness education.
Assess and treat mental health problems and psychosocial concerns related to the motor vehicle collision. The assessment process involves asking clients a number of questions about pain, mood, anxiety, stress, sleep, coping mechanisms, family and other social supports, and any other issues that might be affecting their mental health and physical recovery. Treatment involves psychotherapy (talk therapy) to help clients cope more effectively with any of these areas which are causing them difficulty. Psychologists at the FIT Program can be involved quite heavily or very little in a client's overall treatment program, dependent on the client's needs.
The Rehabilitation Coordinator facilitates client intake, participates in assessment and treatment, act as client/insurer liaison, act as a client advocate both within the program and the community and provide support for client goal setting. The Rehabilitation Coordinator assumes responsibility for the collection, distribution and documentation of client information, for facilitating client conferences and providing the required follow-up in the active treatment phase
Dieticians provide education on proper nutrition for the maintenance of a healthy body weight, diabetes management and cholesterol reduction.
Although some clients may see every health professional listed above, the treatment components and professionals involved in your care is based on your rehabilitation needs.