Physiotherapy for Seniors and other Patients
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, there are many exercise and falls prevention classes available through several community service providers. Across our local communities, provincially-funded providers include 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.
Home and Community Care Support Services Central is a first point of access. 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 may be offered to 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 may also be available for eligible patients with mobility issues. Anyone requiring in-home physiotherapy will be assessed by a Home and Community Care Support Services 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's clinic directory.
Ministry of Health Fact Sheet: Publicly-Funded Physiotherapy Clinics in Ontario