When Margit Bennet’s partner, Tom, was diagnosed with dementia in 2011, the 92-year-old became his 24-hour caregiver, a road she’d travelled previously during her first husband’s illness before he passed away in 2003. But as Tom’s dementia progressed and he started to wander, the programs she’d previously accessed for caregiver relief were no longer able to support Tom’s needs.
“It was a blessing when I was connected with Caregiver Recharge service,” says Margit, an active senior who still drives and is adjusting to life on her own after Tom recently moved into a retirement home. “My daughter lives in Belleville, and having access to this program made it possible for me to visit her on weekends once a month while staff took care of Tom in our home.”- Margit Bennett, Caregiver
When you contact the Central Registry, a customer service representative will arrange for you to speak with a Care Coordinator who works on behalf of all Caregiver ReCharge service providers.
The Caregiver ReCharge Care Coordinator will assess whether you and your loved one are eligible based on the combination of assessments, information gathered about you and your loved one and referral priorities. The Coordinator’s decision will be based on established criteria.
Please note that services are not available to people living in retirement homes, long-term care homes and other care facilities.
There is no cost to caregivers for the program. The Caregiver ReCharge Services are funded by the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (MH LHIN) for caregivers who provide support to loved ones with high needs who live in the communities of Oakville, Milton, Halton Hills, Mississauga and South Etobicoke.