The Home and Community Care Program assists community members to remain independent in their homes and community by being the entry point to in-home health services and community support services. The supportive care is provided in collaboration between the Home and Community Care Program and/or by family and friends (known as caregivers who provide informal care).
There are many benefits for community members who access Home and Community Care services. Some of the benefits include: care provided to community members with dignity while promoting and maintaining his/her independence, postpone admittance to hospital or nursing home, allow a client maximum freedom and comfort of receiving care in their own home, individualized care based on assessed needs, and support for the families while keeping them together in the community.
Home Management is services coordinated by the Home Care Manager to ensure clients maintain a high quality of life within their own home and community. The Personal Support Workers provide essential services such as personal care consisting of bathing, personal hygiene and assisting with dressing. The Personal Support worker also assists the clients with home making duties such as dishes, washing floors, cleaning bathrooms and dusting.
Diner’s Club is a free meal service that is intended to increase opportunities for nutritional and social support for Home & Community Care clients. A meal is provided once weekly on Wednesdays at the Atikameksheng Community Centre. A monthly presentation is offerred on a topic identified by Home and Community Care clients. Participants asked for a wide variety of topics and would stay for presentations of interest to them.
Transportation Days provide Home and Community Care clients who do not have a vehicle or family member to drive them, a means of transportation to shopping, banking, post office, Diner’s Club and other necessary errands.
Sudbury area trips – Mondays: 9 am to 4 pm
Lively area trips – Wednesdays: 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Adult Day Programming:
The Adult Day Program provides physical, spiritual, social, and emotional activities for frail or socially isolated older adults. Our goal is to enable seniors to achieve and maintain their maximum level of functioning in their daily activities. As well, the program hopes to prevent premature institutionalization. Adult Day Programs also provide respite and education for caregivers.
Ongoing Adult Day Programs include:
Tea time is a great social time for the participants who attend the program every Tuesday from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. The participants are able to enjoy doing a pre-planned craft or activity. The attendees are encouraged to give idea of some of the crafts they would like to do for the upcoming month. As well, guests would visit such as St. Johns pet therapy, or workers with mental health information.
Friendly Home visits/ Hospital & Nursing Home Visits
There are still community members who do not attend any programs but do welcome a home visit. They may just want to talk about community events or issues they have. Visiting helps community members who no longer have family close by to visit them. As well, community members who no longer are able to live in the community are visited in the hospital or nursing home.
Food Bank Days
Transportation is provided to and from the food bank in Lively on the third Thursday of every month. Occasionally, there are requests for additional trips to the food bank, and are provided if possible.
Walden Walking Group
There is a large population of people 50+ in the community. This program has increased from being offered once a week to 3 times a week. It is held every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
Traditional Workshops or Teachings
- Berry Picking & making preserves
- Traditional Foods/ Diabetes cooking classes
- Attend spiritual activities/ workshops/ events
- Pow wows
- Assist transportation to ceremonies
All Souls Day
Each year the senior’s look forward to making new wreaths for their loved ones that have passed on. We will spend the month of October assembling them wreath with new flowers a ribbon with the family name. In the past years, I would have a co-worker assist us picking Princess Pine picking. Each year, a flyer is sent to the community to come and make a wreath.
Each year we celebrate dinner serving a traditional Turkey dinner. The event is posted for HCC clients and elders to sign up. Transportation is provided to and from the event.
This program is well attended. In the past few years we have included a dinner with a movie. The seniors pay for their own dinner and the program pays for the movie ticket.
Lisa Groulx, Home Care Manager
25 Reserve Road
Phone: (705) 692-3651 ext. 229