April 28, 2016
What is rehabilitative care?
Rehabilitative care, better known as ‘rehab’, helps individuals, including those who are aging or living with various health conditions, improve their function, mobility, independence and quality of life regardless of impairment. Individuals would seek rehab care for: limited or painful movement of hands, arms, legs or other parts of the body; difficulty with physical activities like sitting up, standing or walking; difficulty with balance; problems with breathing, swallowing or talking; trouble problem-solving, focusing or paying attention.
The Rehabilitative Care Alliance (RCA) is a province-wide collaborative, funded by the LHINs, whose purpose is to implement positive changes for rehab care across Ontario. 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 is supporting the LHINs as they implement standardized tools, processes and frameworks developed in the RCA's first mandate.
Here in North Simcoe Muskoka, the Local Health Integration Network and our partners have actively been working to develop a regional rehabilitative care program that would help individuals receive care in their local communities, closer to their homes and support networks. A coordinated regional rehab program, based on individual community needs and the work completed by the RCA, would promote locally provided, safe quality care, robustly monitored through performance measuring and reporting.
Currently rehab care in North Simcoe Muskoka is provided in different settings: community – NSM Community Care Access Centre in-home services, VON’s Enhanced SMART (Seniors Managing Active Roles Together) exercise program, balance and fitness programs at South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, and cardiac rehab at Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital; long-term care homes – convalescent care program; hospital – complex continuing care at three NSM hospitals and general rehab at three NSM hospitals. The services provided in long-term care and hospital are regional programs, available to all residents of North Simcoe Muskoka. The LHIN and our health service providers will be aligning local patient needs to the system and program design work of the RCA, focused on the redefined Care Connections vision of integrated networks of care at the sub-geographical level – Barrie, Collingwood-Wasaga Beach, Midland-Penetanguishene, Muskoka, Orillia and their surrounding areas.
The NSM LHIN would like to thank the Victorian Order of Nurses, Simcoe County for providing the picture of Marion participating in the Enhanced SMART community rehab program.
For further information on accessing rehabilitative care in North Simcoe Muskoka, you can call 2-1-1 or access online through www.nsmhealthline.ca .