July 2020 Newsletter

RCA releases COVID rehab guide for frail seniors

The RCA has released a new guide to best practice rehabilitative care for frail seniors in the context of COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic has restricted frail seniors in the community to their homes, apartments and retirement homes. As a result, this already vulnerable population is at high risk of social isolation and physical deconditioning. As […]

New resources support transition to tele-rehab

Most providers have turned to virtual care to deliver rehab during COVID-19. The RCA has gathered a series of resources to assist in this transition. The RCA hosted two popular webinars in May and June on the use of tele-rehab during COVID-19. Presenters shared key considerations and practical tips for setting up virtual rehab. Presentations […]

RCA releases report on post-fall pathway pilot

The RCA has released a report on its pilot of the post-fall rehabilitative care pathways for frail seniors. The evidence-based care pathways for primary care and emergency departments are designed to connect frail older adults who fall with rehabilitative care to reduce functional decline and prevent additional falls. The pilot — taking place in Hamilton, […]

RCA obtains ambulatory data for future reporting

The RCA plans to expand its annual rehabilitative care system performance report to include ambulatory rehab data. The RCA secretariat recently obtained the 2018/19 data submitted to NACRS Clinic Lite and undertook an analysis and review of this data. An RCA task group is working with the ambulatory rehab data to determine which indicators to […]

RCA continues support for bundled care rollout

The RCA continues to support the Ministry in its rollout of bundled care across the province. Working with Ontario Health (Quality), the RCA conducted a survey of bundled care providers earlier this year to gather input on their experiences implementing bundled care. The information will be used to identify opportunities for improving processes and communication […]

Capacity planning shifts to COVID-19 focus

The RCA’s capacity planning initiative is realigning to assist regions with COVID-19 planning. The needs-based approach to capacity planning combines best practice guidelines and current evidence with patient feedback to determine future need. The RCA is currently exploring how this approach could help regions as they address the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on […]

Rehab in the news

The Toronto Star recently published two feature stories on rehabilitative care in the context of COVID-19. The stories describe the challenges of maintaining rehab services amid the current restrictions, as well as the important role rehab will play for individuals recovering from COVID-19. Flattening the curve of COVID-19 took its toll on people recovering from […]