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10 Things You Might Not Know about the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation

10 Things You Might Not Know about the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation

This is Jodi. Jodi had a traumatic brain injury as a result of a cardiac arrest at a very young age. Like every Stan Cassidy patient, he is supported by a full team of rehab professionals.

The Stan Cassidy Foundation is pretty proud to be associated with the super smart and incredibly caring bunch at the Stan Cassidy Rehab and we don’t mind blowing their trumpet for them.  It’s a place with a lot of “biggests” and “bests,” but on top of being smart and caring, the staff there is pretty humble.  So I wanted to share with you 10 things you might not know about The Stan Cassidy Centre.

1. The Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation is one of only two rehab facilities in all of Canada that treats patients throughout their entire lifespan, from birth until death.

  • Around the age of 16, paediatric patients are seamlessly transferred to the centre’s Adult Team, without having to transfer to a different facility.

2. Treatment is provided for complex brain and spinal cord injury and disease, such as autism spectrum disorder, complex stroke, ALS, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.

  • The centre is a happy place and I get to witness miracles – big and small – happening all the time.  Children sing and bike through the hallways – unaware that their games are their physiotherapy. 
  • Lots of patients arrive for their first time on stretchers with very little, if any, mobility; they may stay weeks or months, but when they leave, they do so under their own power. 

3. Clients of all ages from New Brunswick and PEI, and complex pediatric patients from Nova Scotia benefit from the centre’s services.

  • The Stan Cassidy Centre is home to the only paediatric rehab wing in the Maritimes, and it's complete with bright colours, cartoon sea animals and some of the nicest people I’ve ever met.

4. The interdisciplinary team approach at the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation ensures all aspects of a patient’s needs are addressed – physical, mental and spiritual.  Medical disciplines work together daily to provide client‐ and family‐centred treatment.

  • When the network around a patient is supported, the patient is supported.  The greatest degree of independence and dignity for each and every patient is always the goal.

5. Services include a full suite of assistive technologies – adaptive seating, adaptive driving, augmentative communication and rehab engineering.

  • Not too many hospital-like facilities have a full-size machine shop, machinists, an inventor and test vehicles on-site, but this one does.
  • When I see an ALS patient, who knows he doesn’t have a lot of time left, given the ability to drive his own wheelchair with his toes, I know I am witnessing the full extent of human kindness provided in an inventive way.

6. Services are delivered through five different avenues – in-patients, out-patients, outreach, tele-rehabilitation and expert consult.

  • While many patients do stay long-term in the centre’s Nursing Unit, more are seen through extended out-patient visits, whether for a day, a week or a month.
  • Entire teams also visit patients – in person or virtually – in their home communities:  supporting families, schools and other care environments until the patient has what they need to succeed.
  • Stan Cassidy Centre experts provide consults to local healthcare professionals to ensure continuity of care and improve the standard of rehab care throughout Maritime communities.

7. The Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation is a “teaching hospital” – an accredited training centre for professionals in rehab medicine, therapy and nursing disciplines from across Canada. 

  • Paediatric experience at the Stan Cassidy Centre is a core requirement for a rehabilitation residency at Dalhousie University.

8. The Stan Cassidy Centre is a research facility – about 15-20 research projects are on-going at any time.

  • Research drives healthcare forward.  It makes diagnosis and treatment faster, more accurate and more effective.  It makes it more humane and more human.  It leads to discoveries like the cause of a disease or new treatments, and contributes to the pursuit of cures.
  • Providing care is a good thing; providing leading edge care is even better.

9. The Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation is home to:

  • More transitional living suites than any other rehab in Canada.
  • The only rehab engineering clinic east of Quebec.
  • The only accessible driver assessment and training van in Atlantic Canada.
  • The only fully functioning therapeutic park in Canada.

10. The Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation is a lead partner in:

  • The most complex gait lab in Canada – with the University of New Brunswick (UNB).
  • The second largest powered prosthetic clinic in Canada – run with the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) at UNB.
  • The largest myoelectric control course in the world, also with UNB’s IBME.

For more information on the Stan Cassidy Foundation and how you can help the Stan Cassidy Centre provide leading edge care, click here.

Alissa Lee
Executive Director
Stan Cassidy Foundation


danielle   |   December 4 2014

hello alissa:

thank you for including me in your fist ever blog- I’m quite honored- thanks for believing in my story.

I also want to congratulate you on this wonderful idea!

I trust it’s going to help get donations,

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