Caregiver Recharge News

We are pleased to announce that the Caregiver ReCharge service is now able to accept new referrals.  

In October 2015, we needed to stop accepting new referrals to give us the opportunity to assess, for eligibity, those referrals that we had already received.  We have now completed this process and effective immediately are able to receive new referrals.

You can make a referral in one of two ways:

Announcements

Caregiver Respite Program in the Mississauga Halton LHIN Awarded the 2016 Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety

The Caregiver Respite Program in the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) was recognized today for improving services and supports that enable caregivers to care for their loved ones and also take care of themselves.

The program’s improvement team was awarded the Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety by Minister of Health and Long-Term Care the Honourable Eric Hoskins at Health Quality Transformation 2016 on October 20, 2016. The Minister’s Medal provides an opportunity to recognize system champions who place the patient at the centre of the circle of care and have demonstrated exceptional work in collaboration and achieved sustainable results, while promoting system value and quality in the health care system. 

The integrated Caregiver Respite Program, developed through several partnering organizations and caregivers, has transformed fragmented and siloed services into care that is coordinated and integrated for those caring for loved ones at home. The doorway to everything you need to know about taking care of your personal needs while knowing your loved one’s care is in the best of hands, the respite program offers five services: emergency respite; out-of-home respite (short stay); adult day respite (day, evening and bathing service); in-home respite and caregiver counseling; and knowledge exchange and support. Caregivers can access all five services. In-home respite hours are based on assessed need and can be used by the caregiver as the caregiver chooses.

The program has a centralized intake which makes it easy to access services. Once admitted, respite advisors counsel and educate on the services available to the caregiver and coordinate entry into one or more services. 

Through the Mississauga Halton LHIN Regional Learning Centre, educators provide in-class or in-home education to caregivers in areas such as positioning, turning, feeding and changing dressings to enable caregivers to feel supported in their care. Educators also train and educate respite provider staff in a variety of caring skills for those with dementia, Alzheimer’s, difficult behaviors, etc.

The Mississauga Halton LHIN was also recognized for its Caregiver Respite Program with the prestigious 3M Health Care Quality Team Award in the category of Quality Improvement Initiative Across a Health System. 3M’s national awards ceremony held in Ottawa on June 7, 2016 encourages and recognizes innovation in health services.


Weaving a Mosaic of Support: Caregiver Respite in the Mississauga Halton LHIN

The Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) was recognized, for its Caregiver Respite Program, with the prestigious 3M Health Care Quality Team Award in the category of Quality Improvement Initiative Across a Health System. 3M’s national awards ceremony, held in Ottawa June 7, 2016 encourages and recognizes innovation in health services.

The Caregiver Respite Program developed through several partnering organizations provides coordinated and collaborative services for those caring for loved ones in the home. It is the doorway to everything you need to know about taking care of your personal needs, while knowing your loved one’s care is in the best of hands. The respite program offers five services:

  • In-home respite (Caregiver Recharge Service) and Caregiver Counsellors (Respite Advisors)
  • Out of home respite (short-stay)
  • Day Program respite (day program for out of home care, bathing program)
  • Emergency respite (supervised care in an emergency)
  • Caregiver support & resources (tips, tools and resources for caregivers)*

*Respite Advisors counsel and educate on the services available to the caregiver and coordinate entry into one or more services. Through the Mississauga Halton LHIN Regional Learning Centre, educators provide in-class or in-home education to caregivers in areas such as positioning, turning, feeding, changing and dressing to enable caregivers to feel supported in their care. Educators also train and educate respite provider staff in a variety of caring skills for those with dementia, Alzheimer’s, difficult behaviours, etc.

Caregivers can access all five services. For more information on all five Caregiver Respite Services, please visit:

http://www.mhlhinrespiteprogram.com/

Watch our integrated Caregiver Respite Services video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNIa9xONXhc&feature=youtu.be


2015 Partnering for a Healthier Tomorrow Awards Recipient: Pinnacle Award

On Wednesday, September 30th 2015, Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) health service providers, health system partners, colleagues and friends attended the inaugural Partnering for a Healthier Tomorrow Awards ceremony. The evening capped off with a surprise Pinnacle Award embodying high quality innovative care that was presented to Caregiver Recharge Services: In Home Respite in the Mississauga LHIN.

Delivered in partnership with Able Living Services, Thrive Group, Alzheimer Society of Peel, Home Instead Senior Care, Links2Care, Nucleus Independent Living and University of Waterloo, the Caregiver Recharge service was awarded the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) Pinnacle Award this year, for its proven results in reducing emergency department visits and hospitalization, long-term care home placement and caregiver stress. More than 130 senior caregivers received support through the service in 2015/2016. Approximately $860,000 health care dollars were saved as a result of avoiding or delaying institutionalization by providing in home respite services to informal caregivers in 2013. Watch our Caregiver Recharge Service video below in the following link:

http://www.mississaugahaltonlhin.on.ca/forhsps/partneringforahealthiertomorrowawards/recipientpinnacleaward.aspx