When Margit’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, Caregiver
A resource manual for developing an effective assisted living for high risk seniors program in your community
This manual was developed by the Mississauga Halton Local Integration Network (MH LHIN) to provide LHINs and health service providers with an understanding of how the Supports for Daily Living model works, evidence of the positive impact the service can have on health system performance, and the background knowledge and guidelines to help you develop a Supports for Daily Living service in your respective communities.
This manual was developed to outline, in a single document, the commonly agreed upon guidelines for the operation of Supports for Daily Living services. The standards align with the Assisted Living Services for High Risk Seniors Policy (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, 2011) and are a complement to the Mississauga Halton LHIN’s Supports for Daily Living Manual.