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What is Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program (AREP)?

The Arthritis Society offers client based programs and services for those living with arthritis in Ontario via the Arthritis Rehabilitation and Education Program (AREP).

Our physiotherapists, occupational therapists and social workers have advanced training in the management of arthritis. They are available to assess and provide a variety of services and ideas to help people of all ages living with arthritis.

By enrolling in this personalized program, people with a confirmed diagnosis of arthritis learn:
  • how to manage pain
  • updates on medication
  • exercise to reduce stiffness, increase strength and improve fitness
  • how to feel less tired
  • how to protect joints and use helpful devices
  • ways to cope with the emotional impact of arthritis
  • how their family can help them
  • ways to adapt to their home or workplace
  • how other services in their community can help

How much does AREP cost?

These services are free (funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care).

AREP operates under the terms of a ‘Multi-Sector Service Accountability Agreement (M-SAA)’ with the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). As per the transparency requirements of the agreement, please find the most up-to-date copies of the ‘M-SAA Agreement’ and our ‘Declaration of Compliance’ below. These documents are available for public view and hard copies may be obtained at all Arthritis Society operating locations in Ontario. 
  • M-SAA agreement [PDF]
  • Declaration of Compliance [PDF]

How do I participate in AREP?

To participate, contact the nearest Arthritis Society office in Ontario to book an appointment. To be eligible to participate you must have a confirmed diagnosis of arthritis by a physician.

Contact The Arthritis Society in Ontario

How do I refer patients to AREP?

If you are a health professional and would like to refer a patient to our program, you can use this referral form [Word]. You can print the referral form and mail or fax it to the nearest Arthritis Society office in Ontario.

Contact The Arthritis Society in Ontario
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