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Assessment and Diagnosis
Assessment and Diagnosis
Assessment and Diagnosis
Assessment and Diagnosis
Assessment and Diagnosis
Assessment and Diagnosis
Assessment and Diagnosis
Assessment and Diagnosis
Assessment and Diagnosis
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Assessment and Diagnosis
Early Onset Assessment
  Evaluates the individual from the perspective of cognitive status and may include various aspects such as functional, behavioural, neurological, neuropsychiatric, and psychiatric assessment. Such evaluations may come from the perspective of more than one medical specialist (e.g. neurologist; psychogeriatrician) and more than one non-physician health professional (e.g. nurse, occupational therapist)
Family Physicians
  Normally the first point of contact with the health care system. Focus is on prevention, early detection and treatment of general health care problems through regular physical examination. For diagnosis and treatment of specific conditions, family physicians may refer patients to a specialist.
Geriatric Medical Assessment
  Evaluates the individual’s medical status, using specialized knowledge of the health and illnesses of the elderly
Driving Assessment - A & D
  Driving assessments determine an individual’s medical fitness to drive.
   
Counselling and Support
Crisis Intervention
  Service that provides support and crisis intervention in critical situations to vulnerable and at-risk individuals, including persons with dementia and/or their caregivers. The goal of the service is to stabilize the crisis situation, and to begin to develop a plan for the longer term.
Support for Caregivers
  May be on a one-to-one basis with professional counsellors, or arranged on an informal basis with peers. May also be programs that offer a facilitator led group session in which unrelated groups of individuals, couples or families discuss their attitudes, feelings and problems related to their caregiver role including managing responsive behaviours and, with input from other members of the group, attempt to achieve greater self and interpersonal understanding and adjustment and explore solutions to their problems. May be ongoing or time limited.
Support for Persons with Dementia
  May be on a one-to-one basis with professional counsellors. May also be
facilitator lead group sessions in which unrelated groups of individuals, couples or families discuss their attitudes, feelings and problems related to the diagnosis and, with input from other members of the group, attempt to achieve greater self and interpersonal understanding and adjustment and explore solutions to their problems. May be ongoing or time limited. Generally facilitated by a professional in the field.
   
Education Outreach
Dementia Specific Formal Education, Training and Support
  Education and training on dementia and related topics for caregivers and for health care professionals. Fees may be applicable
Education for Caregivers
  Education on dementia and related topics offered through workshops, learning series and special events such as conferences and forums.
Education for Persons with Dementia
  Education on dementia and related topics offered through workshops, learning series and special events such as conferences and forums.
Resource Centre / Library
  A resource centre provides information services and resources to the public. The collection has a primary focus on dementia specific materials in many different formats including books, videos, journals, and reports.
   
In Home and Community Services
Community Care Access Centre / In-Home Services
  Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) are not-for-profit community agencies, which are responsible for the direct provision of information and referral services, placement coordination services and case management. On behalf of individuals in the community, they are also responsible for the indirect delivery (through contracts) of: 1. Professional services such as: nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, social work, nutrition therapy, speech and language pathology; 2. Personal care support with activities of daily living (e.g. bathing, transferring, dressing) and respite. CCACs are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and governed by government-appointed Boards of Directors.
Adult Day Programs
  A support service, which provides supervised programming in a group setting for adults to assist them to achieve and maintain their maximum level of functioning, to prevent premature and inappropriate institutionalization, and to provide respite and information for caregivers.
Components of the service include planned social, recreational and physical activities, meals, and transportation (if required), personal support/attendant care and minor health care service (e.g., monitoring medication).
Usually located in a hospital, senior's centre or other community location, the service is provided for all or part of a day, or, in a few locations, during the evening. User fees may apply. Application is made through the Community Care Access Centre.
Home Support
  Includes a wide range of services such as homemaking, friendly visiting, telephone assurance, and meals on wheels; they are designed to provide support so that the individual can continue to live independently in their own home or apartment These services can be provided for all or part of a day; user fees may apply
Personal Health Care Services at Home
  Support services which promote independent living through assistance with personal health care activities such as:

1. personal hygiene (washing and bathing), mouth care, hair care, preventative skin care, routine hand or foot care;
2. transferring or positioning into chairs, vehicles or beds;
3. dressing and undressing;
4. assistance with eating;
5. assistance with toileting;

Personal health care is provided by personnel with specialized training, who can assist clients with their activities, or help to ensure their safety while they complete the activities themselves
Respite Care at Home
  A support service in a client's home to provide short term relief for family and friends from their caregiving role, and to help relieve stress placed on family relationships.
   
Legal and Financial Services
Advance Care Planning Services
  Advance care planning is the process of making choices now, while the person is capable, about how a person wishes to be cared for in the future if he/she becomes incapable of making decisions. It is also about giving someone we trust the information and authority to act on those wishes for us. Personal care decisions are decisions about health care (including medical treatment), diet, housing, clothing, hygiene, and safety

"A Power of Attorney for Personal Care (sometimes called a 'personal power of attorney') is a legal document. With this document you give someone the power to make personal care decisions on your behalf if you become mentally incapable of making them yourself. This person is called your 'attorney'. (He or she is not usually a lawyer - in Canada the word 'attorney' does not mean a lawyer, as it does in the U.S.A.)"

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO and Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE),
Power of Attorney for Personal Care, March 2001.
Capacity Assessment Services
  "Capacity assessment is a formal assessment of a person's mental capacity to make decisions about property and/or personal care under the Substitute Decisions Act, 1992 (SDA). Under the SDA, assessments are made in some situations where, as a last resort, individuals need to have someone else make decisions for them on a long-term basis. If a person is found incapable of making decisions regarding property and/or personal care, a guardian may be appointed or a power of attorney may become effective, depending upon the circumstances."

"Questions and Answers on Capacity Assessment, Capacity Assessment Office
c/o The Public Guardian and Trustee, September 2002, Ontario, Canada
Elder Abuse Services
  Elder abuse includes any act of commission or omission that results in harm to an elderly person. Programs and services are aimed at preventing, identifying, investigating and/or mitigating the effects of elder abuse. Programs are specific to each organization. Please refer to each specific organization for more detailed information.
Financial Aid / Subsidies
  Financial aid and subsidies that might help seniors, persons with dementia and their caregivers.
Income Tax Clinics (seasonal)
  Professionals and/or trained volunteers help older adults and low-income individuals and their families to complete their tax return forms. Fees may apply.
Legal Services
  Agencies providing legal advice, consultation or representation. Service fees may apply. Please refer to each organization for specific information.
   
Residential Care
Community Care Access Centre / Placement
  Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) are not-for-profit community agencies, which are responsible for the direct provision of information and referral services, placement coordination services and case management.

CCACs can provide help with three different types of placement:

1. Long-term care facility;
2. Short-term stay;
3. Crisis placement (when the client's support network has broken down and immediate admission to a long-term care facility is necessary. In this instance the client will be placed in the first suitable facility that becomes available. Clients may transfer to another facility they prefer at a later time).

If clients need services while waiting for placement, CCACs make the necessary referrals and connect them to the appropriate services and service providers.

CCACs are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and governed by government-appointed Boards of Directors.
Long Term Care Homes
  Long Term Care Homes are residential settings that provide care on a 24-hour a day basis to individuals whose needs can no longer be met in the community. Long-term care homes include nursing homes and homes for the aged. Placement into a long-term care home is arranged through the Community Care Access Centre (CCAC).
Retirement Homes
  Retirement homes are privately owned rental accommodations for seniors. While services vary between homes, retirement homes usually provide meals, laundry services, recreational activities, assistance with medication, and assistance with baths.
Generally, retirement homes are designed for seniors who need minimal to moderate support with activities of daily living activities, however some homes are open to persons with dementia.

The Government of Ontario does not subsidize, regulate or monitor standards in retirement homes. Costs vary according to room accommodations, meal plans, services and personal care needs of the resident. A private room can cost between $1500 and $5000 per month.
Short Term Stay/Respite
  Designed to support clients during recovery from an illness or to provide a respite break for caregivers. These stays are for a short, specified time up to a maximum number of days per year.
   
Safety and Environment
Home Assessment
  A service that assesses the potential physical dangers faced by people with memory and cognitive deficits living alone or with family. Solutions to these potential dangers are proposed and/or arranged.
Wandering Safety
  Safely Home ( formerly the Alzheimer Wandering Registry) was developed by the Alzheimer Society of Canada with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). This program is designed to help individuals with Alzheimer Disease and other related dementias return home safely following an episode of wandering. Registration is voluntary.

When registered, vital information about the individual is confidentially stored on a police database where police anywhere in Canada can access it.

There is a one-time fee to cover the cost of an identification bracelet, a Caregiver Handbook and ID Cards. Contact the service provider for current information.
   
Transportation
Driving Assessment
  Driving assessments determine an individuals medical fitness to drive.
Transportation Services
  A support service that provides escorted or unescorted transportation to
medical appointments, shopping and to various social activities and
programs. Services may vary between agencies. Fees may apply.
   
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