Client Stories

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

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Referral process and expectations

The Central Registry is a centralized point-of-access for the Caregiver ReCharge Services in the Mississauga Halton LHIN.

We work on behalf of all Caregiver ReCharge service providers to prioritize referrals and to assess and determine eligibility. We also act as a centralized repository for information about the Caregiver ReCharge Services and manage the LHIN-wide waitlist for services.

What to expect when a referral has been made

  • A Respite Coordinator will contact the Caregiver and conduct assessments of the Caregiver and/or Care Recipient, as needed
  • The Central Registry will determine eligibility and service allocation based on established criteria
  • The approved referral will be sent to the most appropriate Caregiver ReCharge service provider
  • The service provider will work directly with the Caregiver to develop a customized service plan
  • Once a service plan is in place, respite services will begin.

As the referring source, you will be notified of the status of the referral.

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