Helping Ontario's Seniors Stay Healthy and Active

Exercise And Falls Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions For Health Care Professionals

What are community exercise and falls prevention classes?

Seniors’ exercise classes focus on improving and maintaining functional performance through strength and balance to prevent injury and falls.  Classes may be led by trained instructors, including trained peer facilitators or support workers. They are not required to be led by a registered physiotherapist.

Falls prevention classes provide seniors with instruction on how to reduce the risk of falling. Classes are led by regulated professionals including registered physiotherapists and nurses, occupational therapists and kineseologists. The topics covered are varied and may include identifying fall hazards, conducting home assessments and ways to move around safely.

Are exercise and falls prevention classes publicly-funded?

Yes. Group exercises classes are publicly-funded but are separate from physiotherapy.

Who is eligible?

Community exercise and falls prevention classes are open to all seniors and do not require a referral from a health care provider.

How can patients register for publicly-funded exercise and falls prevention classes?

For information on how to access exercise and falls prevention classes offered in a patient’s community, please visit your Local Health Integration Network website or call the Seniors' INFOline at 1-888-910-1999 or TTY: 1-800-387-5559.

How many classes will patients receive?

There are no limits to the number of classes a senior can participate in.

Typically, community exercise classes run year round at multiple times per week.

Community falls prevention classes typically run at multiple times per week in 12 week sessions. There can be multiple sessions within a year, but locations and the frequency may vary by community.

Contact your Local Health Integration Network for information on locations and times for both community exercise and falls prevention programs.

Do patients have to pay for exercise and falls prevention classes?

There is no charge for participants.

Where can I find exercise and falls prevention classes in a patient’s area?

Classes are offered in retirement homes, community centres and other community locations.

For more information on exercise and falls prevention classes offered in your community, please visityour Local Health Integration Network website or call the Seniors' INFOline at 1-888-910-1999 or TTY: 1-800-387-5559.

What if patients live in a long-term care home?

All long-term care homes receive funding to offer on-site exercise and falls prevention classes. Home staff can answer questions about participating in available exercise classes or other recreational programs.

For More Information

For information on in-home physiotherapy, patients can contact their local Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) by visiting healthcareathome.ca.

For information on physiotherapy in long-term care homes or primary care settings, residents and patients should speak to their long-term care home administrator or regulated health professional (physician, nurse practitioner or physiotherapy provider).

Call ServiceOntario, Infoline at:
1-866-532-3161 (Toll-free in Ontario only)
In Toronto, (416) 314-5518
TTY 1-800-387-5559.
In Toronto, TTY 416-327-4282
Hours of operation : 8:30 a.m – 5:00 p.m

If you have questions about physiotherapy and/or exercise and falls prevention programs, please call the Seniors' INFOline:
1-888-910-1999
TTY: 1-800-387-5559

If you prefer, you can email your question to: Infoline.MOH@ontario.ca