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SJHH / Health Services/ Outpatient Services/ Day Therapy Programs/ Transitional Program

Day Therapy - Transitional Program

What this program does…

The Day Therapy Transitional Program is a time limited program for patients recently discharged from Hospital in which a dedicated team of health care professionals work with you to improve your health and function.

Members of the team will also:

  • Help you set your own goals based on your needs.
  • Help you connect with resources in the community to ensure you are able to maintain your improved level of functioning.

Our program encourages and supports the use of current knowledge and treatment practices supported by extensive research and expert opinion.

How this program helps...

This program is here to help you after you have been discharged from the hospital. You could also be referred to this program as a preventative measure to keep you from needing to come into hospital. Sometimes people still need help improving their functionality at home when they leave hospital.  For example, you may come to the program to learn how to build your muscle strength so you can walk better.  You may want some help following a healthy diet or information about preparing meals in your home.  The program offers many ways to help you manage in your home and in your community.

Your Care Team

Your Social Worker (SW) will assist you by providing support around issues such as: stress finances, medication coverage, community resources and personal help.

Your Occupational Therapist (OT) will help you improve the daily life skills you need to manage at home such as washing, dressing and cooking.  If you need special equipment, the OT will help arrange this.  The OT can also do therapy to improve how your hand and arm work or help you with problems with your memory or concentration.

Your Physiotherapist (PT) will help you learn how to walk as well as you can.  If needed, you will learn how to use a wheelchair, walker or cane to get around safely.  The PT will also work with you to increase your strength and balance.

Your Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) will see you if you have problems with speaking, understanding what is being said, or swallowing.  The SLP will work with you and your family to help you communicate with others and/or improve your swallowing if needed.

Your Recreational Therapist (TR) will help you find and /or continue leisure activities you enjoy.  The TR will talk to you about things you can do in your home and in the community to help you get involved and stay active.

Your Dietitian (RD) will see you to discuss your nutrition needs and work with you to plan meals for home to help you stay healthy. The Dietitian may give you information about programs such as Meals on Wheels.


50 Charlton Avenue E.
Hamilton, Ontario
Bishop Dowling Wing
Level 0, Room D015-2
Tel: 905 522-1155 Ext. 32721

Referral Process

You may be referred as an inpatient while in Medicine Services, Rehabilitation, Complex Care, or from the emergency department or Internal Medicine Rapid Assessment Clinic (IMRAC), ext. 37300.

Preparing for Your Visit

You must arrange your own transportation to the Day Therapy Program. You can drive or come by DARTS, bus or taxi. A family member or friend may also drop you off and pick you up.

What to bring with you:

  • Your Health Card
  • Your Medications or insulin (if required)
  • Blood Glucose Meter
  • Snacks and bottle of water
  • Please wear non-slip shoes and comfortable clothes that you can move freely in.
  • Please bring any equipment you may require to get around such as a cane or walker.

We ask that you do not bring any valuables with you as the hospital cannot be responsible for lost or stolen personal items. 

Maps & Directions

Drop off:

Hospital main entrance to Dowling Wing elevator. Bishop Dowling Level 0 room D015-2 or enter at Martha Wing entrance on Charlton Avenue. Bishop Dowling Level 0 room D015-2. Please report to Day Therapy Reception.

Please click here to see a map of our Charlton Campus.

After Your Visit

All recommendations for home care will be discussed during your day therapy visit. Please note that reports may be forwarded to other health professionals at your request with a signed release of information.