St. Joseph's Community Outreach Programs have been recognized as among the best in Canada. Interdisciplinary in approach, they take a holistic view of health and well-being.
The programs, which include Out 'n About, the Alzheimers Day Program, the Norfolk Frail Elderly Program, Fergus Day Out Program and the Acquired Brain Injury Program are designed for people who want to live their lives to the fullest and maintain their independence despite limitations imposed by Alzheimers Disease, brain injury, illness, or conditions that contribute to frailty.
Our outreach programs are innovative and creative in their response to community needs, finding many fruitful opportunities for collaboration – in our own facility and within our community – to improve the quality of care available to Guelph and Wellington County residents. This interdisciplinary team approach makes it possible to solve problems before they escalate to a point where hospitalization or admission to a long-term care facility are the only options. Ensuring that seniors have the support they and their families need to avoid premature admission to long-term care or hospital makes good sense, saves dollars, and contributes to the well-being of our whole community.
The St. Joseph's philosophy of care counsels us to look at the person and the family as a unit with needs that go beyond the physical to include emotional, social, recreational, and spiritual components. To ensure that we're meeting all the needs of the people who participate in our programs our interdisciplinary team co-ordinates skills and expertise from many fields – geriatrics, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech/language pathology, mental health services, nutrition (through the University of Guelph), and recreational therapy – to help people live their lives to the fullest.
Participants are not the only people who benefit from our programs. Often family members need help as they try to care for their parent or grandparent, while juggling the demands of raising their own families and maintaining their employment. The Community Outreach Service not only offers a welcome and reliable respite from the demands of providing care 24 hours a day, it also gives family members vital information they need to cope with high-risk behaviour and other challenges of providing care in a way that is effective and healthy for everyone, including themselves. In addition, the connected nature of our service provides families with important links within the community so they can make optimal use of the health care services available to them.
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