The GTA Rehab Network has released an environmental scan of short-term transitional care models (STTCMs) in the GTA.

The report provides an overview of how rehabilitative care is integrated within these emerging models to help providers better understand the role of STTCMs within rehabilitative care.

STTCMs were established to provide temporary care and accommodation outside hospitals for ALC patients while they await discharge to home or to long-term care.

The scan reviews 13 STTCMs in the GTA that have a bedded program with a rehabilitative care component. Their rehabilitative care is focused on re-activation—promoting social and physical activity to improve or restore function and independence.

The report provides an overview of each of the STTCMs, including a description of the program, the rehabilitative care services provided and the referral process.

The review suggests that STTCMs are addressing capacity challenges in acute care hospitals and providing an opportunity for patients to access rehabilitative care in the system. However, the duration and frequency of rehabilitation is lower than in high- and low-intensity rehabilitative care programs and is similar to convalescent care provided in long-term care.

For more information, please contact Sanja Milicic Iafrate, Project Manager.