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North Simcoe Muskoka

If you have questions regarding changes to physiotherapy services within the NSM LHIN please contact: Beth Ward, Advisor, Planning Integration, Evaluation and Community Engagement

705-326-7750 Ext. 3232


More physio for seniors is our plan - Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Toronto Sun - Sunday, October 20, 2013

"There has been a lot of confusion about changes being made to publicly-funded physiotherapy in Ontario, so I welcome this opportunity to set the record straight. It’s important for seniors to know we’re expanding access to publicly-funded physiotherapy, and that over 200,000 people will benefit from these changes.

The reality is we’re doubling the number of publicly-funded clinics, eliminating the wait-list for in-home physiotherapy and significantly expanding access to exercise and falls-prevention programs. "

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Expanding Access to Physiotherapy for Seniors and Patients

On April 18, 2013 the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced that more than 200,000 additional seniors and patients across the province will benefit from improved access to high-quality physiotherapy, exercise and falls prevention classes. The NSM LHIN looks forward to taking an active role in this important work for seniors, patients and their families.

Each of the 14 LHINs is working closely with the ministry’s teams to put into action each of the five areas of focus. In the coming months, the NSM LHIN will be working with health care partners and service providers to ensure enhanced access to and continuation of:

  • exercise and falls prevention classes for seniors in community settings;
  • one-on-one physiotherapy for all long-term care residents with assessed need, in addition to group exercise classes;
  • in-home physiotherapy for seniors and people with mobility issues to clear current waitlists; and,
  • clinic-based physiotherapy services across Ontario for seniors and eligible patients.

Expanding physiotherapy is about ensuring seniors and their families have access to quality services and supports in order to lead healthy and independent lives.

Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes

As part of Ontario's commitment to help more seniors stay healthy and active, the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN has chosen Victorian Order of Nurses, Simcoe County (VON) and the North Simcoe Muskoka Integrated Regional Falls Program (IRFP) to continue providing publically funded group exercise and fall prevention classes.

Information & Resources

Community Exercise Classes

  • Barrie - 705-737-5044 Ext. 221
  • Collingwood - 705-355-2200
  • Midland / Penetanguishene - 705-355-2200
  • Muskoka - 705-787-1996
  • Orillia - 705-326-7021

Retirement Homes Exercise Classes

  • 705-737-5044 Ext. 248

Falls Prevention Classes

  • 705-325-2201 Ext. 3851