• A rehab patient in a wheelchair is learning to use a touch screen to control the sink height in the Independent Living Simulation Suite

    Independent Living Simulation Suites

    The most important journey takes you home.

Thanks to a community of donors and visionary supporters, two new Independent Living Simulation (ILS) Suites have opened at the QEII’s Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre and are seeing their first patients.

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A result of the Revitalizing Rehab campaign

Patients find themselves in the QEII’s Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre under range of different circumstances such as a stroke, motor vehicle collision, surgical complications, or a long-term progressive neurological disease, like multiple sclerosis. Whatever the case, the conditions of many patients are life-altering and the road to recovery is often a challenging one.

Initially built in 1977, the Rehabilitation Centre needed significant improvements. Restoring the therapeutic pool, which had closed, and updating the Independent Living Simulation (ILS) Suites has transformed the patient experience.

This campaign immediately resonated with the community - donors saw the need and stepped up in a big way. 

A $1-million gift by the Hansen MacDonald family led our Revitalizing Rehab campaign, which saw the community come together and raise $2.6-million to construct The Grace Hansen Therapeutic Pool and two new ILS suites for patients receiving care at the QEII’s Nova Scotia Rehabilitation and Arthritis Centre.