Strengthen. Standardize. Support.
The Rehabilitative Care Alliance works with partners across the province to strengthen and standardize rehabilitative care through better planning, ongoing evaluation and quality improvement, and the integration of best practices across the care continuum.
Initiatives, News & Events
Analysis underway to support provincial rehab workforce planning
The provincial Rehab Workforce Task Group’s exploration of system-wide rehabilitative care labour concerns is well underway. This is the first rehab-focused approach to understand the current state of the workforce and lay the foundation for a robust provincial health human resources rehabilitative care strategy. To support this work, preliminary analysis of results from the first […]
Adapting specialized rehab guidance for the provincial context
Specialized rehabilitative care is required for some patient populations to ensure good patient outcomes and efficient care. Last year, the University of Toronto’s Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation group, alongside the GTA Rehab Network (GTA RN), identified ten rehabilitation populations that require a specialized approach: acquired brain injury (ABI), amputee, burn, cardiovascular, complex trauma, oncology, pediatric, […]
Facilitated implementation series supports rehab care for older adults
The Rehabilitative Care Alliance and Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario have launched a Facilitating Implementation Conversations series with regions (Sault Ste Marie, Thunder Bay and Ottawa) interested in adopting the Rehabilitative Care for Older Adults Living With/At Risk of Frailty Framework. Early adopter regions are providing input to improve the series, which offers a joint rehabilitation/specialized […]
Total Joint Replacement Rehab Guidelines
The RCA's best practice guidelines for rehabilitative care for patients following total joint replacement and shoulder arthroplasty provide a basis for informing and improving quality care to support better patient outcomes, increased efficiencies and bundled care. RCA tools and resources support implementation of the best practices at the system and organization level.
Older Adults with Frailty
The RCA and Provincial Geriatrics Leadership Ontario recently released a best practice framework to guide rehabilitative care for older adults living with/at risk of frailty. Work is now underway to develop resources and self-assessment tools to support implementation by organizations, Ontario Health Teams and regions.
Rehab Care Standards
The RCA's bedded and community based frameworks establish standardized levels of care for rehabilitative care programs. These frameworks establish how programs are categorized (level of care), the components of care provided and the human resources needed to deliver that care. Establishing consistent definitions provides clarity for patients, families and referring professionals and can support planning at the local and regional level.
The RCA is working to enhance awareness of the role community-based rehabilitation plays in helping people return home and in enhancing or maintaining function. This work includes identifying opportunities to spread innovative, cost-effective models of rehabilitative care.