On April 18, 2013 the Ontario government announced that Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) will receive $33 million in new funding to provide in-home physiotherapy services for up to 60,000 more people. Starting August 1, 2013, CCACs will be the single points of access for all publicly funded in-home physiotherapy services. The new funding will be used to reduce waiting lists for physiotherapy and expand services that help seniors stay safe at home.
Overall, the changes to how physiotherapy services are delivered and funded will more than double the number of people who can access this care in the community and increase the number of places where these services are available. The changes will also provide Ontario taxpayers with increased accountability for this investment and the achievement of positive health outcomes for seniors and others.
The changes build on recommendations in Dr. Sinha’s report “Living Longer, Living Well” that identify the need for better access to physiotherapy services, exercise classes and falls prevention to promote seniors’ health and help them live safely in the community longer.