The North East LHIN continues to work with our partners to implement improvements to rehabilitative care (such as physiotherapy and exercise classes and falls prevention) to ensure that seniors, eligible community members and Long-Term Care Home residents have access to the services they need to stay healthy, physically active and independent.
“Rehabilitative Care” is a broad range of interventions that result in the improved physical, mental and social well-being of those suffering from injury, illness or chronic disease.” (CCC/Rehab Expert Panel – Definitions Working Group, 2012).
Our work in rehabilitative care focuses on improving access for the residents of NE Ontario, and delivering efficient high quality care, in a system that ensures equity across our geography and across the care continuum. Our goal is to promote the use of best practices to enhance outcomes for people receiving rehabilitative care
that is delivered in homes, community-based locations, long-term care homes and hospitals.
The Rehabilitative Care Alliance (RCA) is a task-oriented group created by Ontario’s 14 LHINs to effect positive changes in rehabilitative care. The work of the RCA leverages existing rehabilitative care planning bodies and is focused on supporting improved patient experiences and clinical outcomes and enhancing the adoption and effectiveness of clinical and fiscal priorities.
The RCA completed its first mandate in March 2015 with the release of its 2013-2015 Report, Inspiring New Directions in Rehabilitative Care.
During its second mandate (2015-2017), the RCA will support the LHINs as they implement standardized tools, processes and frameworks developed in the RCA's first mandate; Assess and Restore (A&R) related initiatives; and quality-based procedures (QBPs).
More specifically, the RCA will support LHIN-led efforts in the following areas:
- Definitions & Capacity Planning: Implementation of RCA definition frameworks to provide clear definitions and standards of practice for all levels of rehabilitative care across the continuum. Implementation of the RCA capacity planning framework to support standardized planning for rehabilitative care services.
- Frail Senior/Medically Complex: Implementation of RCA tools that support a rehabilitative care approach for frail senior/medically complex populations to support operationalization of priority elements of the “Assess and Restore Framework to Support Aging in Place”.
- Outpatient/Ambulatory: Piloting the RCA's provincial standardized minimum data set for outpatient/ambulatory rehabilitation to inform evaluation and planning at the provincial, regional, and organizational and program levels.
- Quality-Based Procedures for Hip Fracture and Total Joint Replacement: Identification of standardized rehabilitative best practices and models of care for post-acute care in order to support QBP implementation.
- System Evaluation: Implementation of the RCA's system evaluation framework to support evaluation of rehabilitative care services, programs and system performance at the local, regional and provincial levels.
The second mandate will allow for continuity in planning as the RCA continues to build on the tremendous progress made to date in supporting transformation of rehabilitative care across Ontario.
For more information on the Rehabilitative Care Alliance, please visit www.rehabcarealliance.ca. If you have questions about the Alliance’s work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.