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Renfrew County

EDUCATION

LIVING WITH DEMENTIA

The Dementia Link™ Living with Dementia learning series is designed specifically for people in the early stage of dementia, their family members, friends and caregivers. This learning series will provide participants with information, support, and an opportunity to meet others in a similar situation. Participants will learn positive approaches and how to focus on maintaining abilities for now and in the future.

Participants will have the opportunity to obtain information and resources, ask and have questions answered, talk with others in a similar situation, discuss experiences and express their feelings in a safe environment.

The Dementia Link™ Living with Dementia learning series occurs over three 90 minute sessions and participants receive a workbook of information and resources to take home.

Please contact a Dementia Care Coach at 888-411-2067

SUPPORTING DEMENTIA

The Dementia Link™ Supporting Dementia learning series is for caregivers of people living with dementia. This learning series will provide caregivers with information about symptoms that may accompany the progression of dementia and strategies for support. 

Caregivers will gain information, support, and have an opportunity to discuss experiences and express their feelings in a safe environment. Using a positive approach, Supporting Dementia focuses on maintaining and enhancing caregiving skills and abilities for now and in the future.

The Dementia Link™ Supporting Dementia learning series occurs over two 120 minute sessions. 

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MAKING THE DECISION; UNDERSTANDING AND ACCESSING HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE

The Making the Decision session is in partnership with the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County. The session guides caregivers through the decision-making process of transitioning someone into Long Term Care and navigating the challenging emotions that often accompany this decision. Information will be provided about home and community care services in the Champlain region, including eligibility criteria and application process for services. Participants will also have an opportunity to connect with a Dementia Care Coach for ongoing support and information about community services.

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FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR CAREGIVERS

As dementia progresses, there may come a time when a person living with dementia begins to struggle with their finances and affairs. Some everyday tasks begin to become too complex and may not get done. Your role as a caregiver may start to expand, eventually including financial management, despite the possibility that you may not have experience managing another person’s finances.  The session will explore and help participants understand various financial supports available including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Disability tax credit
  • Canada caregiver amount
  • Managing finances in retirement
  • Trusts
  • Power of Attorney

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Caregiver Support Series (Online and In person)

The Caregiver Support Series is a five-session series designed for caregivers who provide support to someone living with mid-stage dementia. The series is co-facilitated by The Dementia Society’s very own Teepa Snow certified Coaches and Consultants and is modelled around Teepa Snow’s Positive Approaches to Care. The series provides an educational forum introducing several relevant topics, and also fosters support among the participants and facilitators. The sessions are intended to be interactive and exploratory, encouraging and assisting participants to apply what they’ve learned to their own, unique situations. The series is held in-person and online. The virtual format allows for participation from the comfort of one’s own home or other location of choice, thus not requiring any type of travel. Equipment needed is minimal – a computer or laptop with a microphone and a camera, with access to the internet. The platform to connect – Zoom – is easy to use, and is free.

Topics covered during the Online Care Partner Support Series

Session 1 – Facing Dementia

Session 2 – Skills and Coping

Session 3 – Awareness Skills and Lessons

Session 4 – The Long Haul

Session 5 – Time Use and Wrap up

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CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS

Our caregiver support groups are designed to help educate caregivers with up-to-date information that can help improve their quality of life as well as the life of the person with dementia who they are supporting. 

Support groups provide a safe environment where everyone can learn, express, and understand and work through emotions. Additionally in this supportive environment, people help each other by offering mutual understanding and support. Support groups are collaborative and are led by a Dementia Care Coach and a peer support volunteer. Drop-ins are welcome at any location. 

Click HERE for Renfrew County Support Groups Schedule

CAREGIVER AND PERSON LIVING WITH DEMENTIA SUPPORT GROUPS

Our caregiver and persons living with dementia support groups provide a safe and welcoming environment where people can support one another by sharing their thoughts, ideas, frustrations, and coping strategies in a caring, non-judgmental atmosphere.

Support group meetings begin by providing each participant an opportunity to share what is most important to them. The group is formatted so that both caregivers and persons living with dementia have an opportunity to speak with one another about their individual concerns and strategies. Support groups are also led by a Dementia Care Coach and a peer support volunteer.

Call and ask to speak to a Dementia Care Coach today for registration details, and for information about which group best fits your needs.

We have groups offered throughout Renfrew County, including Arnprior, Barry’s Bay, Pembroke, Eganville, Deep River, and Renfrew.

SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL PROGRAMS

We have responded to the needs of people living with dementia, their caregivers and their families and moved our recreational and support programs on-line, offering programs every weekday and on-demand. Access our recorded art, music and many other programs on our YouTube channel.

Many persons with dementia and their caregivers appreciate having more social contact and being able to remain engaged in their community. Participating in group activities reinforces a sense of belonging and reduces social isolation for persons with dementia and their caregivers. It can also be fun!

COMMUNITY PRESENTATIONS

We provide education and training about dementia and available support services for people living with dementia, caregivers, and their families. Our education is designed to inform about the specific needs of persons living with dementia, caregivers, and their families. 

Informed by current research and contemporary practice, our education offers a learning pathway to help improve the quality of support and quality of life experienced by people living with dementia, caregivers and the community. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation in your community, please contact us at 888-411-2067 or e-mail renfrewcounty@dsorc.org.

Stay Up-To-Date and Become Involved

The Dementia Society in Renfrew County provides a unique community of support for those facing dementia in all of its forms. We are created by our community, for our community.  Stay up-to-date by following our Facebook page and receiving our e-bulletin. If you would like to become involved by volunteering or hosting a 3rd party event, please reach out today and Contact Us.

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