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 What We Do

Individuals with childhood-onset disabilities are living longer and a significant number of those individuals require ongoing support as adults to help them stay healthy and active and avoid complications that can lead to health problems or stays in a hospital. The transition from the pediatric rehabilitation system to adult care isn’t always easy. A unique service created by UHN-Toronto Rehab and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital changes that.

The LIFEspan Service is a Nurse Practitioner-led transition service that provides youth who have cerebral palsy or acquired brain injury (ABI) with a "bridge" between pediatric and adult rehabilitation care. This service uses a consultative model which means the LIFEspan team provides recommendations and coaching as opposed to continuous, ongoing therapy.

At Holland Bloorview, the LIFEspan team assist youth from 14 to 18 years of age prepare for the transfer to adult care. After "graduation" at age 18, eligible youth referred to the adult transitional LIFEspan service at UHN-Toronto Rehab for a single point of access for specialized rehabilitation. Self-management is a key principle of this model, focusing on helping youth and their caregivers develop skills to manage their own care and navigate the adult system, with the ultimate goal of transitioning to services within their local community. Youth will be ready to graduate from the LIFEspan service at UHN-Toronto Rehab and fully transition into their local community when they have met their rehab goals and/or all available resources and education have been offered.

Services

Toronto Rehab offers a wide range of services to meet the needs of people with disabilities. LIFEspan works closely with Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), Community Health Centres (CHCs), family doctors and other care and support agencies. Available services include:

  • Nutrition counseling
  • Spasticity management
  • pain management
  • speech language therapy consultation
  • mobility assessment and supports consultation
  • consultation around exercise programs
  • short term supportive counseling
  • development of independent living skills such as cooking, learning to drive, managing finances and accessing the public transit system​

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People who come to LIFEspan benefit from the expertise of a wide range of skilled rehabilitation professionals who work together. Some team members work at both Holland Bloorview and Toronto Rehab to provide a reassuring, familiar face and to help coordinate the transfer of your care. The LIFEspan team includes a:

  • consulting physiatrist (a doctor specializing in rehabilitation medicine)
  • life skills coach
  • nurse practitioner
  • occupational therapist
  • physiatrist (a doctor specializing in rehabilitation medicine)
  • physiotherapist
  • social worker
  • speech language pathologist
  • youth facilitator