**We are now providing individual and group support via phone or online. Please check our Program Guide for updated offerings.**
We provide lots of support for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, caregivers, family members, and care providers. Whether the diagnosis is recent, unknown, or longstanding, we are here for you throughout the journey.
Telephone / Email Support: You can speak with or email one of our family support staff if you have specific questions or you wish to have regular ongoing contact.
Home Visits: Arrange to have family support staff visit you in your home or at another convenient location.
Office Visits: Arrange to meet family support staff at our Whitby office (NE Corner of Thickson & Stellar Dr.).
Satellite offices open in North Durham: Arrange to meet family support staff at one of our new satellite offices in Port Perry, Beaverton or Uxbridge.
Revera, Port Perry Villa, Kent Terrace
15987 Simcoe St.
Brock Community Health Centre
720 Simcoe St., Room 117A
|2nd Wednesday of every month from 8:30 a.m. to 12noon||3rd Wednesday of every month from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.|
|Last Tuesday of every month from 8:30 a.m. to 12noon|
Please contact one of our First Link Counsellors at 1-888-301-1106; Michelle Pepin ext. 5224 or Simone Ma ext. 5241, or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment at any of the above locations.
Referral to Community Services: We provide referrals to health care professionals and support services in our community. We will help you make sense of our often complex system of care and services.
Information Packages: You can receive a package by email or mail on a range of topics tailored to your needs, including diagnostic techniques, medications, caregiving issues and treatments.
Care Partner Support Groups
Early-Stage Support Groups: Education and support is extremely beneficial from the very early stages of the disease. For those in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia, this confidential group offers an opportunity to learn more about dementia and how to address challenges that arise. We can also help to connect you with helpful resources and community services.
Care Partner Support Groups: Support groups are offered to family care partners and friends throughout Durham Region. Attending a meeting provides an opportunity to exchange information and concerns in a supportive environment with others who understand. Meetings last approximately two hours and are facilitated by family support staff and trained volunteers. We offer a selection of daytime and evening sessions in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Oshawa, Bowmanville, Port Perry, Uxbridge, and Beaverton. If you have never attended one of our groups before, please call ahead to register. Click here to view a full list of our groups.
The Reitman CARERS Group
This eight-week program is for family caregivers of people with early and mid-stage dementia. An Accredited program of the Sinai Health System Reitman Centre CARERS Program, this is a fully integrated, comprehensive dementia care program that introduces the innovative use of standardized patients - actors trained to simulate real-life situations - so that caregivers, guided by expert clinical coaches, will learn how to deal with common challenging situations. CARERS (Coaching, Advocacy, Respite, Education, Relationship, Simulation) Program. The focus is on practical skills based tools and emotional supports needed to provide care for family members with dementia.
• Develop more effective problem solving skills
• Develop practical skills to improve communication and manage dementia related behaviours
• Have opportunities to learn new skills by practicing them with the help of standardized patients who are volunteers trained to work with caregivers to simulate specific challenging situations encountered at home
• Receive guidance and coaching through individualized role playing scenarios in order to learn new and more successful ways to cope with common caregiving dilemmas
• Have the chance to process their emotional reactions to caregiving;
• Develop an enhanced sense of capability, feel less isolated and can continue to provide care in the community.
The Reitman TEACH Group
The TEACH program is a four-week program for care partners of persons with dementia. It is an innovative therapeutic group intervention aimed at providing education and enhancing coping skills of care partners TEACH (Training, Education, and Assistance for Caregiving at Home) Program.
The group will cover topics such as:
• Self Care
• System Navigation
• Planning for the Future
• The Changing Relationship
For more information on the CARERS or TEACH programs, please contact our office on:
905-576-2567 or 1-888-301-1106
*NEW* Program Guide
Click here to view our NEW Program Guide full of programs, services and educational workshops!
Ready, Set, Plan
We all need to plan ahead. There may be a time that someone else may suddenly need to help care for you, such as if your care partner were to become sick.
If and when this happens, filling out the information below and keeping it updated with any changes will help. You are encouraged to share this plan with a family member, friend or neighbour you trust or at least to let them know of the existence of this plan and where it can be found.
We have books, videos and information for children and teens. The Remember Me support program provides information and support to children aged 7 to 13 years.
Where No One Faces Dementia Alone