The Alzheimer Society of Niagara Region offers a range of programs and services that operate along the continuum of care reflecting the journey through the disease process. Our programs respond to the need for individualized home-based support and education, while providing further opportunities for education, socialization and support in community settings. Since we see people in the context of their own homes and local communities we can assess first hand their needs and identify existing capacities. This enables us to provide a meaningful response – one that ultimately builds supportive, caring environments.
Our Client Support Services offer individualized support and education by case counsellors with expertise in dementia, most of whom are regulated health professionals. Case counsellors travel to local communities across the Niagara Region, providing outreach in the form of home visits as well as offer phone support and drop in support. These services are comprised of our Caregiver and Family Support Program, Intensive Support Program, Supporting Independent Living Program as well as Drop-in and Phone support.
We provide an inclusive community environment where persons with early-stage dementia and their family partners in care can strengthen their inner resources and sense of well-being through opportunities to share experiences, benefit from mutual support and participate in the planning, development and evaluation of programs designed specifically to meet their identified needs and wishes. Programs include the Early-Stage Wellness Activity Program and Beyond Words Early-Stage Learning Series.
These cafés offer a welcoming place for people to meet up regularly for a coffee, share experiences and participate in "healthy brain" activities in their local community. Each session will begin an informal "First Steps" session where individuals concerned about cognitive change and dementia can ask questions and become familiar with community resources and supports. Cafés are currently available in Grimsby, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, Thorold and Welland.
Psychogeriatric Resource Consultants (PRC’s) provide education, training, and consultative support to staff at long term care homes, CCAC's, and community agencies.
Caregivers who are connected with our Client Support Services may take advantage of the Caregiver Café. This program provides an opportunity for individuals in a caregiving role to take part in stress relieving activities.
Individuals living with dementia in the community who are connected to our Client Support Services Programs may benefit from engaging in meaningful activities with one of our trained volunteers. Friendly visitors come into the home once a week and help to decrease social isolation of the person with dementia while also giving care partners some personal time.
The Therapeutic Living Centre (TLC) is a 'community hub'. Services focus on creating supportive environments within the Niagara community that promote the continuous involvement of people with dementia in family and community life.
Last Updated: 05/03/17