St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph (SJHCG) offers a number of outpatient rehabilitation programs at the Hasenfratz Rehabilitation Pavillion. These programs support people of all ages who need general rehabilitation after a medical event, accident, or stroke.

The rehabilitation team brings a wide range of specialized skills and knowledge to help each person achieve optimal independence and greater quality of life. The healthcare team includes: the patient and supporting family members, physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, rehab assistants, nursing professionals, and more.  SJHCG runs 5 outpatient rehabilitation programs:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Rehabilitation

Adults who have a chronic lung disease such as COPD, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, bronchiectasis, cystic fibrosis, or pulmonary fibrosis can benefit from this 8 week program that combines education and physical exercise to help the patient gain control and manage their breathing condition.

Learn more about SJHCG’s COPD Rehabilitation Program

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation

The Musculoskeletal program helps people living with musculoskeletal and joint dysfunction achieve their highest possible degree of independence. Such dysfunction can result from surgery (such as joint replacement, soft tissue reconstruction, and amputations) or occur after a cast is removed from a healed bone fracture. Our team also provides assessments and recommendations for those who have sustained repetitive strain injuries, degenerative or inflammatory conditions, and other chronic pain syndromes.

Falls Rehabilitation

The Falls Rehabilitation program aims to support those who are at high risk of falling because of impaired balance, most often associated with neurological, orthopedic, or arthritic conditions. The healthcare team works with the client to improve his or her functional activity and balance. They will also determine the most appropriate assistive mobility device to meet an individual’s needs.

Splinting and Hand Therapy

The Splinting and Hand Therapy program provides assessment and treatment to those who are suffering from an acute condition that affects the use of their arms, wrists, or hands. Such conditions can include post-operative repair of tendon or bone structures, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, stroke, and spinal cord injury.

Amputee Clinic

The specialized amputee team includes a physiatrist, prosthetist, and physiotherapist who assess the client’s prosthetic needs and provide education on prosthetic use, including walking with confidence and performing daily activities with your prosthesis.

Drivers Assessment Program

This program gives individuals the chance to have a professional evaluation of their ability to safely operate a vehicle. Participants are tested for their vision, perceptual and cognitive capability, reaction times, and their understanding of the rules of the road. An occupational therapist helps clients get the assessment and remedial help they need to ensure safe driving. The program also offers an educational component to help clients understand how personal health issues can affect driving safety.

Clients are referred to this program by their physicians through the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Test results and recommendations are discussed with the client and his or her physician, as well as representatives of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, with whom the final decision about licensing resides.

As it is not covered by OHIP, there is a cost for this service.

If you or someone you know needs to be assessed, please follow the links below to get more information and to download a referral form (to be completed by a physician).

Therapy Advantage

The goal of this program is to expedite timely access to physiotherapy services for client conditions that are not eligible for our hospital funded outpatient rehabilitation services.

Conditions that are appropriate for this program include:

  • Neck and low back strains
  • Soft tissue repetitive/acute muscle strains
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Injuries related to Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) and WSIB claims
  • Assessments for home mobilization programs
  • Education on Prevention
  • Strategies

As it is not covered by OHIP, there is a fee associated with this service.

Individuals may self-refer. A referral from a healthcare provider is not required to access this program.


For more information about rehabilitation services available at SJHCG, please contact the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network at 310-2222.