Restorative Care at Hotel Dieu is a progressive, dynamic, goal-oriented, and time-limited process.

Our Restorative Care Program enables an individual with an impairment to identify and reach his or her optimal mental, physical, cognitive, and/or social functional level. Our treatment approach is based on the belief that each person is responsible for his or her continuing health and wellness. Our rehabilitation clinicians are supported in and committed to enhancing programs and practices that focus on patient-centered care and specifically surrounding increasing autonomy and quality of life.

Emphasis of treatment is on promoting activity, increasing strength, endurance, independence and ability to manage activities of daily living. This is accomplished through a partnership with patients and families, rehabilitation specialists, and appropriate community resources.

Patients are admitted from an acute care hospital and/or their own residence after an acute event or illness, with the goal of improving functional ability and facilitating a safe return to the community. After their stay on the unit, patients return to their homes, or to a supportive setting more suitable to their needs.


Restorative Care Programs provide low intensity therapy over a longer period of time. Patient length of stay varies depending on the individual and their goals. A patient stay can range from a minimum of 2 weeks up to a maximum of 90 days. Discharge planning starts upon admission, it is important that this conversation happens early and that patient and family are preparing throughout their stay for the return home, or to a supportive setting.


  • Are medically stable and physically and cognitively able to participate in restorative programming designed to enable patients to return home by increasing their strength, endurance and ability to manage activities of daily living;
  • Patients are expected to have a discharge location, typically home;
  • Have identified goals for rehabilitation/restoration that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-limited;
  • Have no behavioural or mental health issues, which cannot be mitigated through the use of strategies, resources and/or environmental modifications, and which limit the patient’s ability to participate.

Further details about our program are available in the following pamphlet: