New Program Aims to Sustain Unpaid Caregivers Caring for People Living with Dementia

June 07, 2018

‚ÄčAn estimated 214,000 Ontarians live with dementia, and that number is expected to double in the next 20 years. New funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term care will enable Sinai Health System's Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer's Support and Training to lead province-wide implementation of its nationally acclaimed programs. 

Enhancing Care for Ontario Care Partners will support families or other unpaid caregivers who are providing care at home to people living with dementia. Through this program, and in close collaboration with the Alzheimer Societies of Ontario, sites in each of Ontario's 14 LHIN regions will be funded to hire professional staff to be trained by the Reitman Centre to deliver its innovative, evidence-based skills-training and emotional support interventions. The goal is to help caregivers across the province deal with the stress and complexities of dementia caregiving. The program will be made available to 15,000 people caring for a loved one with dementia over the first three years of the Dementia Strategy.

Enhancing Care for Ontario Care Partners is part of the Ontario government's new Dementia Strategy and will include:

  • Reitman Centre developed face-to-face group programs for family or other unpaid caregivers caring for those with dementia at home.
  • Live video conference group services developed by the Reitman Centre across Ontario.
  • Online suite of resources, mentoring and peer consultation to caregivers.
  • Development of dementia care resources for primary care clinicians.
  • Training for health professionals.

The program has begun implementation across Ontario, and the first partner agencies have started active intake of caregivers to the program.

To learn more about the Cyril & Dorothy, Joel & Jill Reitman Centre for Alzheimer's Support and Training, click here.

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