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 […]

Rehab Transitions Self-Assessment Tool

The Rehab Transitions Self-Assessment Tool was designed by the Rehab Transitions Quality Improvement Working Group to support clinicians, practice leads, managers and decision-makers in conveying essential patient information to in-home rehab teams when a patient transitions home from hospital. It is intended to serve as a self-assessment tool that can be referenced by individuals, organizations […]

Compiling an inventory of bundled care options

Work is underway to develop an inventory of community clinics across Ontario that accept patients who receive bundled care. Through an applied Health Research Question to ICES, the RCA has obtained NACRS Clinic Lite data on rehab utilization, clinical features and patient-reported outcomes. The data is currently being analyzed and, over the next several months, […]

Thank you for your leadership: Dana Corsi

The Rehabilitative Care Alliance wishes to acknowledge the many contributions of Dana Corsi as she transitions from a leadership role at the RCA. In addition to her current roles as Regional Geriatric Rehab Lead for the North East Specialized Geriatric Centre (NESGC) and Advisor, Alternate Level of Care for Ontario Health, Dana has served as […]