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Short Term Active Reconditioning (STAR)

The Short Term Active Reconditioning (STAR) Rehabilitation Program is for patients who have undergone general surgery; have a medical condition resulting in lengthy hospital stay; or have lost strength or mobility following a complex course of treatment at an acute care facility.

Referrals & Admissions

Inpatient Referral Forms

Inpatient Admission Criteria

  • Medically stable with no significant fluctuations in medical status within 72 hours.
  • Motivated to participate in rehab, has active rehab goals, and is able to participate in two sessions of active rehab therapy five to seven days a week.
  • Able to sit unsupported for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  • Patient's cognitive abilities and state of mental health support participation in active rehab.
  • Has a MMSE score of at least 20/30.

Special needs accommodated (on a case-by-case basis) include the following:

  • IV therapy (PICC and portacath only)
  • Intermittent oxygen therapy/home oxygen
  • Tracheotomy (must by corked)
  • Intermittent tube feeds (PEG tube only)
  • Ostomy

Outpatient Referral Forms

Download our Outpatient Referral Form on our referral information page.

Please include all relevant medical/therapy reports with your application

Outpatient Admission Criteria

  • Has active rehab goals and is able to participate and tolerate increasing amount of rehab therapy.
  • Has adequate cognitive communication abilities for rehab.
  • Has a reliable means of transportation.

woman drivingProgram Details

Patients are admitted based on a three-week stay admission criterion that tests their functional capabilities. Through individually customized therapy and support, patients work on rebuilding their strength, mobility, independence and restoring their overall health.

The STAR rehabilitation team is composed of a full range of rehabilitation professionals and medical specialists. They work closely with patients and their families to identify and achieve rehab goals, determine an appropriate length of stay and plan follow up care.

Patients can also access fee-for-service care such as massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic and chiropody services to complement their rehabilitation.

Referrals are accepted from across Ontario. If appropriate, patients may also be referred to our outpatient rehabilitation program and benefit from a seamless continuum of rehabilitation provided by a team of professionals that deliver high quality care in a team-based patient-focused environment.

Our short term active reconditioning patients

April 2014 - March 2015
  • Inpatients admitted: 197
  • Outpatient visits: 306
  • Average active rehab length of stay: 20 days
  • Average age of patients: 81 years old
  • Patients aged 55 or older: 97 per cent
  • Gender of patients: 53 per cent male, 47 per cent female


Location and contact

Short Term Active Reconditioning (STAR) Rehabilition Program

St. John's Rehab
285 Cummer Avenue,
Toronto, ON M2M 2G1

Phone: 416-226-6780
Fax: 416-226-5406

Email us

Program Brochure

STAR Rehabilitation program brochure

PDF Download Download our STAR Rehabilitation program brochure (PDF, 1.4 MB)

For referring organizations:
If you would like copies of our brochures for you and your patients, please fill out our Printed Material Request Form.