COVID-19 Survivorship

Comprehensive Physiotherapy Program of Care for COVID-19 Survivors

ReActive Physiotherapy is thrilled to announce that we are now offering a private, community-based physiotherapy program using telehealth to all Ontarians that are COVID-19 survivors. This program will assess and screen individuals and reduce need for in-hospital services. Physiotherapy services via telehealth will address physical and mental well-being for patients with suspected or confirmed cases, those in isolation and self-quarantine, as well survivors of COVID-19.

COVID-19 Survivor Program of Care FAQs:

1. How do people join this program?

Typically, individuals are told about our program from a doctor – either a Family Medical Doctor or the Doctor that managed you in the hospital. You could also find us on the internet or from a friend. You don’t need a referral from your doctor, but it’s helpful to let them know that you are interested in this physiotherapy program. Some extended health benefit plans require physician referrals for reimbursement.

Clients can be any of the following…

  • Clients with a presumptive case or confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Clients should be at home, managing symptoms of COVID-19 but do not have a fever – temperature (36.1°C to 37.2°C)
  • Clients should no longer be short of breath at rest
  • Clients recovering from all symptoms of COVID-19 who are frail or have comorbidities impacting independence
  • Clients that experienced significant functional decline during COVID-19 (ICU-acquired weakness)
  • Clients wanting to return to physical activity or resume occupation
  • Clients that are isolated and at risk of loneliness, needing safe physical activity recommendations to help improve mental well-being
  • Clients on home oxygen can be treated

2. What do I need to participate this this program?

Technological Requirements

  • Stable internet access
  • Device with a camera, microphone and speaker (e.g. PC, Mac laptop or desktops, tablets or smartphone (iPhone or Android)
  • Valid email address to receive instruction and connection to audiovisual

3. What does this program involve?

A physiotherapist will contact you to make an appointment and give you forms to complete. You will be given a 1-hour assessment time for a telehealth appointment. You will receive an email to confirm your appointment and a live “link” will be sent for you to connect 5 minutes before your appointment. (Please see other information about telehealth below)

Your first visit will be 60 minutes long with a registered physiotherapist. In your assessment, your physiotherapist will ask you detailed questions about your COVID-19 illness and any side effects. They will have you fill out a few forms to get detailed information about your recovery.

Your physiotherapist will use audio and video to safely assess your …

  • respiratory system (breathing pattern, rate and how strong you can cough)
  • range of motion
  • strength
  • balance
  • exercise capacity
  • You will also be asked questions about your mental well-being

Your physiotherapist will give you education about your condition and what you can do to manage it at home. You will be asked about your goals for recovery and with the physiotherapist, you will make a plan to get on the road to recovery. You will be given exercises to do at home between visits.

4. How many visits will I need?

Follow up visits will be booked at least 1 x per week. Visits will be 30 minutes in length with a registered physiotherapist. Your goals will be progressed each week. Typically, clients need 3-8 visits to achieve their goals.

5. What does the program cost?

Telehealth Physiotherapy Assessments are $120
Telehealth Physiotherapy Follow Ups are $75
All major extended health benefits like Green Shield and Sunlife cover this program. Contact your insurance company for details of your coverage.

6. What will I get out of this program?

Your rehabilitation will focus on your individual needs. If you are having a difficult time breathing, specific exercises will be given to improve how much air is moving around your lungs and make sure you have an effective cough to clear phlegm.

If COVID-19 made you fatigued and weak, your physiotherapist will give you safe and specific exercises and coaching. We know that people who contracted SARS in 2003 and early data about COVID-19 shows us that this illness can have lasting effects. Most people recovering from a respiratory illness need some rehabilitation to get back to doing the things they were before.

Finally, there are mental health benefits to taking positive steps towards your recovery.

You will be given …

  • education materials
  • demonstrations of all exercises
  • exercise videos with detailed descriptions to watch at your convenience

personalized cardiovascular training

7. How do I make my first appointment?

Call ReActive Physiotherapy at 519-601-5522 or email at info@reactivephysio.com

8. What if I have to miss a session?

Telehealth visits can be schedule and rescheduled during normal working hours. 24 hours’ notice is appreciated when rescheduling.
Covid-19 Update: We're excited to NOW offer in-person therapy sessions. Please email us at info@reactivephysio.com, call us at 519-601-5522 or book your appointment through our client portal system. We are continuing to offer our very popular virtual physiotherapy as an alternative to in clinic care.
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