Expression of Interest: Capacity Planning Working Group

The RCA is announcing a call for expressions of interest to join a new Capacity Planning Working Group. Please see below for further details. Background In 2015, the Rehab Care Alliance published a Capacity Planning Framework and Toolkit to standardize the approach used by Health Service Providers (HSPs) and legacy LHINs when undertaking capacity planning […]

Bringing a rehab lens to ALC leading practice implementation

Given the interconnections between ALC reduction, rehab for older adults and senior-friendly care, the RCA continues to offer its essential rehab lens to organizations implementing ALC leading practices. This critical perspective complements specialized geriatric and patient/care partner voices to truly realize the potential of initiatives designed to reduce ALC days. As rehabilitative care is provided […]

Proposal to implement provincial tele-rehab hub

In partnership with UHN/Toronto Rehab and Dr. Catherine Donnelly from Queen’s University, the RCA has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Health’s recently-announced Models of Care Innovation Fund outlining the implementation of a provincial tele-rehab hub called “Rehab Connect Ontario.” If funded, the proposed hub would be staffed with occupational therapists (OTs) and physiotherapists (PTs) who […]

Developing a new model for specialized rehab

The Specialized Rehab Task Group is working to develop a common set of key principles that will guide a Hub and Spoke model for specialized rehab. When finalized, the model will ultimately be used to locate the “hubs” and “spokes,” as well as outline their respective accountabilities. Next steps include analyzing data to identify access […]

Influencing the future of rehab in Ontario

On September 12, stakeholders participated in the first of two design intensive sessions co-led by the RCA and The Potential Group. The agenda was informed by a series of interviews and focus groups held over the summer, which included patient/care partner representatives as well as participants from Ontario Health corporate, Ontario Health regional leads, hospital […]

Release of updated DAPP and related tools

In August, the RCA released an updated Direct Access Priority Process (DAPP) and related checklist. Originally developed in 2015, the DAPP supported implementation of the Assess & Restore Guideline to help older adults with a reversible loss of functional ability who are at risk of losing their independence. Since then, the Rehabilitative Care for Older Adults Living […]

In progress: paramedic post-fall pathway

The RCA is working with paramedic services and local specialized geriatric services in numerous regions to adapt and implement its post-fall pathway for use by community paramedics. As they are often called to assist people who have fallen and not been transported to hospital, paramedics are ideally positioned in the patient journey to refer these […]

Further integrating rehab care standards across Ontario

Following the release of the updated bedded framework for rehabilitative care last spring, the RCA has been meeting with regional rehab committees to present information on the changes to the framework. The goal of this effort is to support further integration of rehabilitative care standards across the province; to date, the group has presented the […]

System evaluation: preparing for 2024 report

Each year the RCA releases a provincial System Performance Report, including a summary report and dashboard. These tools consist of 14 indicators and benchmarks that provide insight into system performance across the rehabilitative care continuum. Efforts are currently underway to obtain, clean and prepare the data tables necessary for the refresh of the System Performance […]

Rehab Provider Experience Survey

In September, the RCA launched its second Rehab Provider Experience Survey to gather the perspectives and experiences of providers across Ontario. Results are being tabulated and will be shared via the RCA website, as well as incorporated into the provincial system performance report published in early 2024. As a reminder, results from the 2022 survey […]