Much needed TLC for those people with special health care needs

TLC clinic

A new program at Joseph’s Parkwood Institute is filling a gap in rehabilitative care for adults with disorders of childhood onset such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and developmental delay. 

“It is wonderful that the life expectancy of those living with complex needs, physical disabilities and other conditions continues to increase,” says Michael Barrett, CEO, South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). “We now need to ensure the health care system is changing to meet the needs of these children as they move into the adult-centred health care system.

In March, the South West LHIN announced $374,727 in base funding for the creation of the Transitional and Lifelong Care (TLC) Program. Here, Dr. Caitlin Cassidy, a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation, will work with nursing and other allied health care professionals to provide comprehensive, family-centred, rehabilitative care to those with significant health care needs. 

The TLC team also links patients and their families to care services in the community, and serves as a resource to these community services so they can best meet patients’ needs.

Read more about the new program and how one grateful family feels about its availability.