In this section, you will be able to access information about upcoming Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes special events and activities, as well as get recaps and summaries of recently held initiatives.
For further information about any agency initiatives please call 324-7323.
ASSISTED LIVING SERVICES FOR HIGH RISK SENIORS
Community Care recently announced the implementation of new Assisted Living Services for High Risk Seniors. The program supports the needs of high risk seniors to enable them to reside at home by providing personal support, homemaking, security checks and reassurance services, available at any time.
CCCKL is collaborating with the Central East Access Centre to operate from a central “hub” area (Village Housing in Lindsay, 65 Melbourne St. W.). Access Centre care co-ordinators will identify and transition 30 existing clients who will benefit from the CCCKL Assisted Living Services. The clients must reside within the service boundary of the hub. Eligibility and admission criteria as well as business processes have been developed to support the program’s implementation.
Presently, CCCKL staff are participating in education sessions in order to receive the clients, as well as to participate in joint home visits with Access Centre care co-ordinators.
The Assisted Living Services for High Risk Seniors program will help reduce unnecessary hospital emergency department visits, as well as premature admissions to long-term care homes, by providing seniors with the necessary supports to stay safely in their homes. The program enables the community to more fully address needs of high risk seniors, expand cost-effective and accessible options for community-based care, and enhance knowledge exchange among different service providers by sharing best practices and training.
Contact Community Care at 705-324-7323 for more information about the Assisted Living Services for High Risk Seniors and to discuss eligibility.
NEW ADULT DAY PROGRAMMING FOR DEMENTIA-SPECIFIC OLDER INDIVIDUALS LAUNCHED
With dementia rates on the rise, a new Adult Day program launched by Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes will be welcome news for local residents and their caregivers.
CCCKL has expanded its Adult Day programming, with new services in Lindsay that are dementia-specific. The agency now offers Adult Day programming for individuals with dementia on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, at the Lindsay Christian Reformed Church (206 Angeline St. N.).
CCCKL’s Adult Day programming provides a range of social, physical and recreational activities, designed to meet clients’ needs. Located in communities across the city, the agency’s Adult Day centres offer activation, socialization, and safe environments for participants, who are supervised by trained program staff and volunteers.
“While clients with dementia can and will be welcome to continue to attend mixed Adult Day programs in the City of Kawartha Lakes, this programming will be specifically adapted for people with Alzheimer Disease or related dementia,” said Joan Skelton, Director of Community Support Services. The new programming is tailored to participants’ individual functional and cognitive levels.
In the City of Kawartha Lakes, close to 1,600 people have been identified as having some form of dementia. That number is expected to more than double in the next 30 years. As well as support for dementia, there is a growing need for respite services for their primary caregivers. Attending a day program provides activation for individuals, and respite for caregivers.
CCCKL currently provides Adult Day programs several times a week in Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Little Britain and Omemee.
Potential clients for the Adult Day program receive a comprehensive health assessment from the local Community Care Access Centre, and annual reassessment by CCCKL. Following referral from the Access Centre, further consultation is undertaken with clients and caregivers to develop individualized service plans.
Contact Community Care at 705-324-7323 for further information about the dementia-specific program or any agency Adult Day services.
GOOD FOOD BOX AT CAMBRIDGE STREET UNITED
COMMUNITY CARE’S “SHINING STARS”
FOOT CARE SERVICE EXPANDS TO BOBCAYGEON
A much-needed service offered by Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes is expanding in order to assist more local residents. The Foot Care program offered by CCCKL’s Community Health Centre is now held monthly in Bobcaygeon. The clinic will be held at the Bobcaygeon Senior Citizens Centre (100 Head St.) on the second and third Friday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The agency has offered a foot care program for many years in the Kirkfield and Little Britain areas. “We are now pleased to be able to expand that service to residents of Bobcaygeon and the surrounding area,” says Margot Fitzpatrick, Clinical Program Manager of CCCKL’s Community Health Centre. “The service will be provided by a Registered Practical Nurse who has specialized foot care training. The focus is on prevention, early intervention and education, which helps to keep people mobile and decrease the risk of developing foot problems and conditions that can lead to serious health issues.”
As people age, the chances of developing foot-related complications increase. Diabetics can often develop a variety of foot afflictions. Foot problems most often happen when there is nerve damage (neuropathy), which results in loss of feeling in the feet. Poor blood flow or changes in the shape of feet or toes can also cause problems.
“Our foot care nurse will assess clients’ feet for circulation, sensation, swelling and the potential risk of ulcer development and falls,” Margot says. Treatments available include nail trimming and filing, care of corns and calluses, basic treatment of warts, ingrown toenails, fungal and thick nails, as well as skin care.
An initial assessment costs $25, and subsequent appointments are $20.
To make an appointment with any of CCCKL’s foot care clinics, contact the Community Health Centre at 705-879-4100.