St. Joseph’s Villa believes in maintaining abilities through comprehensive therapy programs for long-term care residents.

Our multi-disciplinary team works hand in hand to provide Restorative Care, focusing on restoring, maintaining and optimizing strength, function, mobility overall well-being for each resident. We help individuals achieve the best possible outcomes through Physiotherapy exercises, occupational therapy, proper nutrition, optimal communication and social interaction.

Villa residents live happy, healthy years with us!

Our Therapy Care Team & Programs

In partnership with Lifemark Services, our residents are supported with Physiotherapy and Occupational therapy consultation on site. In addition, physiotherapy/occupational assistants (OTA/PTA), who understand the abilities and goals for each resident, work in home areas to provide group exercise programs and individualized 1:1 PT treatment programs under supervision as prescribed by the Physiotherapist.

All permanent residents newly admitted to the villa will be assessed by the Physiotherapist. After an initial assessment, the Physiotherapist determines the need for 1:1 PT treatment for residents with potential to achieve realistic rehabilitative goals and recommend an appropriate treatment plan & its frequency/duration and discuss them with the resident and/or family. The treatment plans are implemented under supervision by the Physiotherapist assistants (PTA’s) and/or Physiotherapists. The progress of the treatments is reviewed by the Physiotherapist every three months to determine the need for continuation of 1:1 PT treatment. Resident will be discharged from 1:1 PT to other Programs/services when their goals are achieved/ have plateaued in their physical function/ have had a significant decline in status. All residents admitted to the villa will have access to the group exercise programs carried out by the Physiotherapy Assistants (PTAs) 3 times/week to maintain strength, flexibility, balance and fall prevention

The Occupational Therapist (OT) and the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) are also a member of the care team.  OTs assess residents’ performance of their everyday tasks such as eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, and toileting. OTs can then develop individualized, resident-centered programs that may include positioning, set-up by staff, adaptive equipment, pressure relief strategies and equipment to promote the same and cueing. The goal is to promote a resident’s ability to function to their full potential thereby increasing their independence and self-esteem. OTs also assess residents’ needs for adaptive equipment, as well as provide education on proper use. These devices may include mobility aids such as wheelchairs and walkers, as well as other equipment such as transfer poles, raised toilet seats, grab bars, reachers, dressing sticks, sock aids, or long-handled shoe horns. The OT prescribes mobility aids for qualified residents through the Assistive Devices Program (ADP), which may cover up to 75% of equipment or rental costs. Costs for residents who qualify for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) would be covered 100%.

As part of our resident and family centered approach, our therapy team can help enable Villa residents to participate and be active, regardless of any physical limitations. They make valuable, ongoing assessments and recommendations, as residents experience changes such as declining mobility, cognitive function, or even a medical diagnosis.

St. Joseph’s Villa does not supply mobility equipment.  The Occupational Therapy team helps residents and families to navigate through this process by providing mobility aide/vendor information. We also have information for alternative means of funding such as rental, private purchase or potential insurance coverage for prescribed equipment. All equipment purchases or rental costs are the responsibility of residents/family members.

Therapy Services

Wheelchair/Mobility Clinic

The Villa offers wheelchair assessment to residents for free.

Wheelchair, walking and seating assessments are conducted by our Occupational Therapist. Residents/ their families/ significant others are an integral part of this process. Equipment must be suited to the specific needs of the individual and are prescribed in order to achieve maximum benefit and insurance coverage. Residents may be eligible for 75% government funding towards the cost of their device and will be determined during the assessment.

The Villa does not supply mobility aides.

Wheelchair Maintenance

Villa residents are provided with a Wheelchair Maintenance program through Cowell Home Health. A technician visits the Villa weekly to address maintenance issues.


Group exercise classes are conducted in each home areas collaborative programing with Recreation Therapy that focus on maintaining residents –

  • Functional ROM
  • Flexibility
  • Muscle Strength
  • seated balance
  • fall prevention & Cognitive stimulation


Prescribed by Physiotherapist based on resident’s needs:

  • Range of motion
  • Strengthening
  • Stretching/flexibility exercise
  • Transfer training
  • Sit to stand training
  • Sitting and standing Balance training
  • Deep breathing and coughing techniques
  • Endurance training
  • Postural training
  • Modalities for pain management
  • Pre Gait and Ambulation training


Group exercise classes are conducted in each home areas collaborative programing with Recreation Therapy that focus on maintaining residents –

  • Functional ROM
  • Flexibility
  • Muscle Strength
  • seated balance
  • fall prevention & Cognitive stimulation


In addition to individual programs and consultation the OT and OTA support

  • wheelchair and walker assessment
  • wheelchair maintenance clinics

For more information, please contact the Therapy Department at (905) 627-3541 Physiotherapy -extension 2401 for north and south towers, extension 2126 for fifth floor  and extension 2402 for OT.