Terms of Reference

The Central LHIN Dementia Network represents all organizations, institutions, agencies and associations in south Simcoe, York Region and northern Toronto (Central LHIN south) that provide or have an interest in dementia care. All members may participate in the Central LHIN Dementia Network activities, and lend their voice to the leadership of the Network through the Steering Committee.

VISION: To promote high quality, dignified and compassionate services and supports for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias across a seamless continuum of care respectful of diversity and individual choice.

1. Mandate

The purpose of the Central LHIN Dementia Network is to serve as a vehicle to facilitate people and resources coming together locally and regionally to improve the system of care for people living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias, their families and caregivers.

In order to do this the Steering Committee will:

(System Coordination and Networking)

  • Develop two-way communication and engagement mechanisms across the Central LHIN Dementia Network partners
  • Strengthen linkages across LHINS with other Dementia Networks
  • Act as contact/liaison with the Central LHIN and with other organizations/groups in the Central LHIN with regard to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias
Develop two-way communication and engagement mechanisms across the Central LHIN Dementia Network partners

(Consultation and Integration)

  • Consult with Dementia Network partners to share and adopt best practices and promote quality services to persons with dementia, their families and caregivers
  • Work together with partners to implement strategies and activities to achieve the goals of the Network Identify issues and gaps in the system of care for people living with dementia and their caregivers


  • Enhance the education and training of persons with dementia, their families and their professional caregivers

2. Membership

Role of the Network Members

The Network membership is open to any organization/individual that is interested in Alzheimer’s or related dementias and works or resides in the Central LHIN region.

Network members are responsible to:

  • Work in collaboration and communicate with Network members and their colleagues
  • Identify issues of concern to the Steering Committee
  • Identify best practice and quality care initiatives to the Steering Committee
  • Participate in Task Groups
  • Attend quarterly Network meetings
  • Attend Annual Workplan Session

Role of the Steering Committee

The Steering Committee acts as contact point and liaison between the Network members and the Central LHIN.

It is responsible to:

  • Coordinate activities and ensure mandate of the Dementia Network is achieved
  • Ensure ongoing communication and consultation processes with all Network members
  • Approve and implement Annual Workplan decisions
  • Establish Task Groups as required
  • Organize bi- annual meetings of the membership
  • Prepare Annual Report (including recommendations) for Central LHIN

The Steering Committee will include representatives from York Region, North York and south Simcoe agencies. Membership on the Steering Committee will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that it includes broad representation across the continuum of care and across major stakeholder groups.

The Steering Committee is composed of up to 10 individuals and will include representatives from among the following stakeholder groups:

  • Alzheimer Society
  • Psychogeriatric services
  • Central LHIN Community Care Access Centre (CCAC)
  • Long Term Care services
  • Community support agencies

Formal and informal partners and caregivers will be asked to advise on activities of the Network through invitation.

The Central LHIN Dementia Network will be chaired by a member of the Network, based on his/her willingness and knowledge of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. There will be a Chair and a designated alternate.

The term of the Chair will be two years (with option to be renewed).

3. Reporting Relationships

The Dementia Network goals and activities will be written in a Logic Model/workplan. Annual work/tasks will be developed collectively through an annual planning session with all Network members.

The Steering Committee will report to the Central LHIN Seniors Advisory Network and Central LHIN Neurological Committee (serves those under age 65) on an annual basis about the activities of the Network and its Work Groups.

4. Meetings

The Steering Committee will meet quarterly with additional ad hoc meetings as required for information and decision making purposes.

The leadership of the Steering Committee membership will include but not be limited to:

  • Chair - appointed by the Network members
  • Individual members invited to serve on the Steering Committee because of their interest, knowledge and expertise Members serve two year terms, which may be renewed by invitation of the Steering Committee.

5. Decision-making

It is intended that a consensus model of decision-making will be used whenever possible and that voting will only be used when consensus cannot be reached. The consensus model will encompass the following parameters:

Have all Network members had the opportunity to discuss the issue?
Do members understand the decision to be made?
Can members live with the decision?
Can members defend the decision?
Are members committed to act on the decision?

6. Review

The Terms of Reference will be reviewed annually.

Approved: April 2008


Last Updated: 11/08/2017