South West LHIN Selects Community Support Service Agencies to Provide
Services to Seniors
LONDON, ON, July 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Seniors in the South West will have
improved access to exercise and falls prevention classes, beginning
August 1, 2013.
The South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has identified a
number of Community Support Service providers that will participate in
a two-phased approach. This approach will first maintain and then
increase access to exercise and falls prevention classes. The South
West LHIN will work closely with these community organizations to
ensure that exercise and falls prevention classes will continue to be
available to seniors currently receiving classes from registered
Exercise and falls prevention classes will be set up in multiple
locations throughout the LHIN to ensure access for more seniors. No
fees will be charged and there will be no limit to the number of
classes a senior may attend. A list of class locations and contact
information will be available on the southwesthealthline.ca website.
These changes are part of the government's plan to expand access to
exercise and falls prevention classes, as well as physiotherapy
services, to more communities throughout Ontario. This new approach is
more accountable, patient-centred and reinforces Ontario's commitment
to help more seniors stay healthy and active.
"It is a priority of the South West LHIN to ensure that exercise and
falls prevention classes currently supported with public funds are
maintained. We have identified seven successful organizations that will
work with approximately 60 retirement homes, seniors' apartments and
other community sites to ensure the smooth transition of exercise and
falls prevention classes. We will then move forward to expand access to
exercise and falls prevention classes for seniors throughout our LHIN."
- Jeff Low, South West LHIN Board Chair
"We are taking direct action to ensure that over 68,000 additional
seniors - about 130,000 in total - will have access to high-quality
exercise and falls prevention classes. That more than doubles the
current number receiving this care in the community. Just as important,
this care will be expanded to a number of small and rural communities
that are currently underserviced."
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
By directly funding vital services such as physiotherapy, exercise and
falls prevention classes, Ontario is able to improve the availability
of these services across the province and significantly boost access
for seniors and others in need.
The changes to physiotherapy cover five streams of services:
In-Home Physiotherapy - The South West CCAC will become the single point
of access for all in-home - retirement and home care - physiotherapy.
Long-Term Care Home Physiotherapy and Exercise - Long-Term Care homes
will receive direct funding to provide one-on-one physiotherapy and
Physiotherapy Clinics - Expansion of clinics to increase capacity and
improve geographic access of publicly funded physiotherapy for people
referred to physiotherapy clinics by a physician or nurse practitioner.
Group Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes - Exercise and falls
prevention classes will be provided through certified staff and
volunteers at retirement homes by community support service
organizations and will no longer be provided by physiotherapy
Primary Care Physiotherapy - To provide program-based physiotherapy in
primary care settings where there is currently limited integration of
Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes
Falls prevention classes and regular exercise help seniors stay active,
healthy and independent.
Ontario is investing $10 million for exercise and falls prevention
classes for approximately 130,000 seniors throughout the province.
The South West LHIN is working closely with the seven successful
providers, identified for phase one, to ensure that exercise and falls
prevention classes are also available to seniors currently receiving
classes from registered physiotherapists. These providers include:
ONECARE Home and Community Support Services
Spruce Lodge Home for the Aged
St. Mary's & Area Home Support Services
VON (Victorian Order of Nurses) Middlesex-Elgin
In phase two, further retirement home and community setting providers
will be identified to provide exercise and falls prevention classes.
For more information on changes to physiotherapy and exercise services
please visit www.southwestlhin.on.ca
Read about the government's plan to expand physiotherapy services and exercise and falls prevention classes.
SOURCE: South West Local Health Integration Network
For further information:
Faadia Ghani, Communications Specialist
519-672-0445 ext. 2595