The government is investing in physiotherapy, giving 90,000 more seniors and eligible patients access to clinic-based services in more communities across the province. This new initiative will result in double the number of people who can access this type of care and increase the number of settings where physiotherapy services will be available. The number of people over the age of 65 in Ontario is expected to double from about 2 million to 4.2 million by 2036, (Ontario Ministryof Finance, 2011). This will result in more people living with chronic conditions, requiring healthcare and community supports. Research shows that families with children 19 and under cannot afford physiotherapy and go untreated resulting in more trips to the ER.
To address the growing population of seniors and the associated increases in utilization of healthcare, a key priority of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has been to focus on helping seniors stay healthy and independent. As part of this broad strategy, the MOHLTC has underscored the importance of having access to physiotherapy to support seniors to live in their homes for as long as possible
Work-Fit Total Therapy Centre, is a private clinic and a program under the Oakville Hospital Foundation. It was awarded Funding from the MOHLTC to be paid by the MH LHIN to become a Government Funded Physiotherapy Community Clinic.