Physiotherapy for Seniors and other Patients

To promote the health of seniors and other patients, and help them continue to live safely in the community longer, the Central LHIN funds a number of physiotherapy services, and group exercise and falls prevention classes.

Physiotherapy can be an important part of achieving the best possible health through active living, or returning to good health and wellness. You might benefit from physiotherapy if you are recovering from an illness or injury, regaining your mobility, or need support to maintain your abilities as you age. 

Central LHIN works with many partners – including community support service agencies, community health centres and long-term care homes – to ensure physiotherapy services are widely available for those who need them. Progress is also being made towards integration of physiotherapy into family health care settings such as Family Health Teams, Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics, and Community Health Centres.

More information is provided below on the various physiotherapy service options that may be available to you or your family.

Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes for Seniors in Community Settings

As part of Ontario’s commitment for more seniors to stay healthy, active and independent, the Central LHIN funds group exercise and falls prevention classes through Better Living Health and Community Services, Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Organization and Circle of Care.

Classes focus on improving functional performance through strength and balance, and preventing frailty, injury and falls. They are held at a variety of community settings, including retirement homes and community centres, located across the Central LHIN.

Central LHIN home and community care is the first point of access for participants.  For details, call 1-888-470-2222, or go online at www.centralhealthline.ca for an up-to-date list of sites hosting exercise and falls prevention programs across our region.

Fact Sheet: Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes

One-on-one physiotherapy

In addition to group exercise classes, Central LHIN also funds one-on-one physiotherapy for long-term care home residents with assessed need. One-on-one physiotherapy helps frail seniors recover better from illness, surgery or injury.

In-home physiotherapy

In-home physiotherapy may be provided through Central LHIN Home and Community Care, for eligible patients with mobility issues. Anyone requiring in-home physiotherapy will be assessed by a Central LHIN Care Coordinator as part of a comprehensive assessment of supports that may be appropriate to help them continue to stay safely at home.

Community Physiotherapy Clinics

OHIP-funded clinic-based physiotherapy services are available across Ontario for seniors and eligible patients. These clinics provide assessment, treatment services and rehabilitation following an injury or hospital stay. To access services provided through an OHIP-funded clinic, you will need a referral from a doctor or nurse practitioner. A list of OHIP-funded physiotherapy clinics can be found on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's clinic directory.

Fact Sheet: Publicly-Funded Physiotherapy Clinics in Ontario 

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