Our health care system faces capacity constraints from a growing population but also from the very real successes of the medical system. More people are surviving both birth and disease conditions that only a few decades ago would have been fatal. This increased survival means that people are now living with more complex health conditions than before. Optimizing their health prospects may require access to rehabilitation and complex care services. Changing life styles are also adding to the potential disease burdens that can benefit from rehabilitation and complex care.
This report discusses the challenges facing the rehabilitation and complex continuing care (CCC) hospitals in Ontario. There are four major themes in the report:
1) Activity Limitations and Major Trends: The trends associated with temporary and permanent disability or restrictions on daily living;
2) Rehabilitation and CCC Demand Influences: The consequent demands on the requirement for rehabilitation and complex continuing care services;
3) Usefulness of Rehab for Disability and Capacity Concerns: Major issues affecting the optimal use of our rehab/CCC system
4) Usage Patterns: The current pattern of usage in the rehab/CCC system;