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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 LIFEspan Service is a Nurse Practitioner-led transition service that provides youth who have cerebral palsy or acquired brain injury with a "bridge" between pediatric and adult rehabilitation care. This service uses a consultative model which means the LIFEspan team provides recommendations and coaching instead of continuous, ongoing therapy.
At Holland Bloorview, the LIFEspan team assists youth from approximately 14 to 18 years of age in preparing for the transfer to adult care. After "graduation" at age 18, eligible youth are referred to the adult transitional LIFEspan Service at UHN-Toronto Rehab for a single access point 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. This transition typically occurs around age 30.
UHN-Toronto Rehab offers a wide range of services to meet the needs of people with disabilities. LIFEspan refers and collaborates with Home and Community Care Support Services (HCCSS), primary care providers (family doctors and nurse practitioners) and other care and support agencies. Available services may include:
You will be contacted with information about your first appointment.
Please bring the following to your appointment. Not all of these items may be needed for your appointment. Our clinic or your referring doctor will let you know what you must bring.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign in.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment may take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments may take 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on how many providers you see. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, you will receive a contact list for your health care team. After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. We make every effort to return your call in a timely manner.
Toronto Rehab is dedicated to the role of educating patients and families. Whether you want to make sense of your condition or learn more about general health topics that matter to you most, our resources can help you find the information you are looking for.
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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 Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and UHN-Toronto Rehab to provide a reassuring, familiar face and to help coordinate the transfer of your care. The LIFEspan team includes a:
Phone: 416 597 3422 ext. 5308
Monday – Friday8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Referral is from the LIFEspan Clinic only.
As an extension of the LIFEspan Service, we would like to introduce the new Future Cares Initiative. This initiative supports clients and their families as they envision, voice and plan for their future. Areas of focus include housing, finances, building meaningful social and recreational connections, managing health conditions and disability as one ages, estate planning and other legal considerations. Support in these areas is offered in a variety of ways including one-to-one support, groups, workshops and other events.
The Future Cares Program Team includes:
When you arrive, you will sign in with the receptionist. You will need your health card (OHIP card) to sign-in. If you do not have an OHIP card, please bring another form of government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
You may be given a Measuring Health Equity Questionnaire to fill out. This form contains questions about your background. We collect this information to find out who we serve and what unique needs you may have. The form is voluntary and you can choose ‘prefer not to answer’ to any or all questions. However, the information you choose to give us will help us improve the quality of care for you and others.
First appointments take longer than follow-up appointments. Your first appointment can take 2 hours or more. Follow-up appointments usually take 15 to 30 minutes. We do everything we can to stay on time but sometimes unforeseen circumstances may delay your appointment.
At the end of your first appointment, the nurse or doctor will give you a contact list for your health care team. If you don’t get a contact list, feel free to ask for it.
After every appointment, a member of your health care team will tell you about your next visit. Be sure you understand what is going to happen next. For example, know the time and place of your next visit or if someone will call you with this information.
If you are unsure about what your next steps are, don’t be afraid to ask a member of your team. We are here to help you.
We understand that reaching us by phone can sometimes be difficult. Often our phone lines are busy or are turned over to the message centre so our staff can prepare for clinic visits or help other patients. We make every effort to return your call within 24 hours. Our staff will try to reach you 2 times. If we are not able to reach you directly you may need to call us again.