COVID-19 Newsletter Update April 2020
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Dear Toronto Rehab Foundation Donors and Friends,

As valued members of Toronto Rehab’s community, we are increasing our updates to you during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic response. We are grateful to those who have contacted us to find out how you can support Toronto Rehab’s response to COVID-19 and we are working with Toronto Rehab's leadership, including Dr. Bayley, to keep you apprised of our activities and greatest needs in this time of crises.

We hope you remain healthy and safe and know that we are available for any inquiries you may have.
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, Toronto Rehab is as dedicated as ever to the vital role of rehabilitation 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.

Our Areas of Greatest Need for donor support include:
   Virtual Rehabilitation: 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.
   Combatting Social Isolation: Because many of our patients in lower income groups may not have FaceTime, Skype or minutes on their phone, with donor support, we are purchasing tablets and smart phones with WiFi access for those in our inpatient units. Only a few minutes on the phone with a loved one can go a long way toward reducing feelings of loneliness and isolation.
   Evolving role in protecting and caring for our patients and the wider community: There is currently an increased need for hospital beds and other equipment as we support our patients and partner UHN hospitals. 
Visit our Toronto Rehab Foundation website for more information about our COVID-19 response. For up-to-date UHN information and resources about COVID-19, visit
Thank you for your ongoing support. 
With warm regards,
Gillian Howard
Interim President and CEO
Our COVID-19 Care Innovators
During this challenging time, Toronto Rehab teams are finding innovative ways to promote wellness, safety and spirit for patients and staff. For example, Toronto Rehab's Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) inpatient unit staff (shown above) have introduced sing-alongs every morning and encourage patients to join in from inside their room, or in their doorway. We applaud our incredible care teams for their innovative efforts in combatting social isolation, delivering virtual rehabilitation, and reducing the risk of entry and spread of COVID-19. Learn more
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