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 illness or disability increases your dependency on others for support, it can often lead to questions about independent living and whether or not you can still manage living in your own home.
Supports for Daily Living is a model for community-based assisted living that provides high risk seniors with access to pre-scheduled and/or urgent/on-call personal support, essential homemaking services and safety and reassurance checks seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Perhaps you have been using home care services offered through the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), but recent changes in your health mean they’re no longer adequate to meet your needs. Transitioning to our services may help bridge the gap between regular community-based home care services and long-term care.
Non-medical in-home services are provided by trained personal support workers (PSWs) and are customized to meet the individual needs and preferred schedule of each senior. A full range of services is available through scheduled visits and/or on-call urgent response anytime during the day, evening and overnight hours.