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Expanding Physiotherapy for Seniors and Patients

Update: August 22, 2013

On August 21, 2013, at Divisional Court, a panel of three judges unanimously ruled that the application for judicial review of the new physiotherapy funding model was dismissed.

Central LHIN will continue to implement the recently announced improvements to physiotherapy, exercise and falls prevention classes as it had intended to do on August 1, 2013. We will continue to work with our partners, including community support service agencies, community health centres, long-term care homes, and the Central Community Care Access Centre so that services are provided for those who need them and there are no service disruptions.


On April18, 2013 the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care announced that more than 200,000 additional seniors and patients across the province will benefit from improved access to high-quality physiotherapy, exercise and fall prevention classes and the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) looks forward to taking an active role in this important work for seniors, patients and their families.

Each of the 14 LHINs is working closely with the Ministry’s teams to put into action each of the five areas of focus. In the coming months, the LHIN will be working with health care partners and service providers to ensure enhanced access to and continuation of:

  • exercise and falls prevention classes for seniors in community settings;
  • one-on-one physiotherapy for all long-term care residents with assessed need, in addition to group exercise classes;
  • in-home physiotherapy for seniors and people with mobility issues to clear current waitlists; and,
  • clinic-based physiotherapy services across Ontario for seniors and eligible patients.

In addition to the services outlined above the LHIN will also be working towards:

  • the integration of physiotherapy into family health care settings, including Family Health Teams, Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics, and Community Health Centres.

There is a lot of work to be done, timelines are action oriented and LHIN teams are at the beginning stages of their work. An important part of this work is engaging stakeholders through various means as the implementation rolls out. As we ramp up, the LHIN will be using its website (www.centrallhin.on.ca) to share information and keep our communities, providers and partners as up-to-date and informed as possible.

If, after reviewing the information on our website, you have questions regarding the work underway at Central LHIN, please contact Kevin Petersen at Kevin.Petersen@LHINS.ON.CA or 905-948-1872 ext. 221.

Expanding physiotherapy is about ensuring seniors and their families have access to quality services and supports in order to lead healthy and independent lives. This LHIN is committed to consulting with patients, health care partners and service providers to ensure those in our communities with the greatest need benefit from these improvements.

Ministry News Release - More Seniors to Benefit from Physiotherapy and Exercise

Ministry Backgrounder - More Physiotherapy, Exercise and Falls Prevention for Seniors


Information on Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes for Seniors in Community Settings

As part of Ontario’s commitment to help more seniors stay healthy and active, the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has chosen Better Living Health and Community Services (Better Living), Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Organization (Carefirst) and Circle of Care to provide group exercise and falls prevention classes. Classes began operating at many sites on August 1, 2013, with additional exercise and falls prevention classes beginning over the past few months at sites located across the Central LHIN.

Read More: July 25, 2013 Central LHIN News Release - More Seniors to Benefit From Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes in Central LHIN 

The Central CCAC is the first point of access for participants.  Please contact the Central CCAC at 1-888-470-2222 for class information and refer to the CCAC Central Healthline website for an up-to-date list of sites hosting exercise and falls prevention programs across the Central LHIN.


Community Physiotherapy Clinic Services

The government is investing in physiotherapy, giving 90,000 more seniors and eligible patients access to clinic-based services in more communities across the province.

Click HERE for a list of publicly funded physiotherapy clinics closest to you in the Central LHIN. More publicly funded clinics will be added in the coming months. Check back regularly for clinic location updates.

For further information please view the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website 

Ministry News Release - Expanding Physiotherapy to More Communities 

Ministry Backgrounder - Expanding Community Physiotherapy Clinic Services

New Feb. 7, 2014: For a list of community resources which will assist in the discharge-planning component of publicly funded physiotherapy services, please see: Community Resource Document for Clinic-based Physiotherapy Providers 


Primary Health Care Physiotherapy – Call for Applications: **CLOSED**

More than 300 family health care organizations  - including Community Health Centres, Family Health Teams, Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics and Aboriginal Health Access Centres – have been sent application packages by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to support the delivery of physiotherapy in these settings.  The deadline for applications to the Ministry is July 23 and organizations are now working with the Ministry to confirm the process for this area of focus.  


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Helping Ontario's Seniors Stay Healthy and Active

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