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Toyota Canada establishes motor skills rehabilitation clinic

Toronto, ON -- Toyota Canada Inc. and the Providence Healthcare Foundation recently broke ground on the Toyota Cana...


Health & Safety

September 1, 2006
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Toronto, ON — Toyota Canada Inc. and the Providence Healthcare Foundation recently broke ground on the Toyota Canada Motor Skills Clinic, a new rehabilitation facility in the Greater Toronto Area to help people regain motor skills lost due to illness or injury. The clinic was made possible by a $300,000 donation from Toyota Canada.

“Toyota’s goal is to help people enjoy the social and economic benefits of personal mobility,” said Kenji Tomikawa, president and CEO of Toyota Canada Inc. of Toronto. “But for many, illness or accident has restricted their ability to enjoy the freedom that comes from the simple act of walking or driving. We hope that our contribution means that each year, Providence Healthcare will be able to help in the rehabilitation of many people in the Greater Toronto Area.”

“At Providence Healthcare, our goal is to send people home and help prepare them mentally and physically to enjoy the activities they once cherished,” said Dr. Peter Nord, vice-president, medical affairs and chief of staff, Providence Healthcare. “Thanks to Toyota Canada Inc., we will create an environment that simulates a streetscape where patients can work with their therapists on how to safely manoeuvre in and out of a vehicle. Being able to get back into a car represents a return to independence.”

The Toyota Canada Motor Skills Clinic will be a specialized facility for people who are preparing to get back into an automobile following an illness or injury that has impaired their mobility. Examples include knee replacement surgery, amputation or stroke. The clinic will be a safe, controlled environment for therapy and will recreate a typical streetscape, complete with sidewalk, curb, paved roadway, trees, greenery and benches available for resting.

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Toyota vehicles will be used as therapists help patients relearn how to safely get into and out of a vehicle while using a wheelchair, walker or leg brace.