On April 18, 2013 the Ontario government announced additional funding to CCAC physiotherapy services to ensure up to 60,000 more people per year will be served, benefitting 150,000 Ontarians.
CCACs are now the single point of access for in-home physiotherapy services. Streamlining access to physiotherapy services through CCACs ensures that Ontarians have access to an integrated, coordinated basket of services based on their needs, with assessment for physiotherapy being part of a more comprehensive assessment of supports.
These changes align with the recommendations in the report Living Longer, Living Well, which was submitted to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care in December 2012 to inform a seniors strategy for Ontario. The new system for providing in-home physiotherapy enables the delivery of various forms of physiotherapy services, including:
- Exercise and falls prevention classes for 68,000 more seniors in community settings
- One-on-one physiotherapy for all long-term care residents with assessed need, in addition to group exercise classes
- Physiotherapy within the home for 60,000 more seniors and people with mobility issues
- Expansion of clinic-based physiotherapy services across Ontario for 90,000 more seniors and eligible patients.
Overall, these changes to how physiotherapy, exercise and falls prevention services are delivered and funded will more than double the number of people who can access this care in the community and increase the number of places where these services are available.
To learn more about physiotherapy services in your area, contact your local CCAC.