Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle

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Indigenous Care Coordinator/Homemaking & Dementia Supports

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Indigenous Care Coordinator/Homemaking

Services provided throughout North Simcoe County and Muskoka Regions.

Services Provided

The Indigenous Independent Living Care Program is provided to older adults (55 +) and to adults with age related health conditions and/or disabilities who self-identify as First Nations, Metis or Inuit.

Services include home-making and assisted living.

The program offers

  • light housekeeping
  • laundry
  • meal preparation
  • social visiting
  • local trips to shopping centres/banking
  • and telephone reassurance.

For more information, please contact the Indigenous Independent Living Care Worker at:

(705) 818-3080 or iilc@banac.on.ca


Dementia

This program will increase access to dementia services for the Indigenous populations in our region.  This will be done in two ways.  The first is by undertaking an education and awareness campaign to support earlier identification and reduce stigma.  The second is by increasing community support services to Indigenous families managing dementia.  The identification of individuals and families living with dementia will be undertaken with support and collaboration with the First Nation Health Directors.

The program goals are to address health promotion and disease prevention by raising awareness.  Not knowing the signs and symptoms of dementia contributes to the stigma experienced by people living with dementia, who may not come forward to seek early treatment. Families are also impacted, as they are often not aware of early signs and therefore unable to help family members seek medical care and interventions.   A strategy for health promotion and disease prevention will likely result in more identification of dementia, and an increase in service needs.

This program will address the needs within the Indigenous communities of the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN.  According to updated Census 2016 information provided by the County of Simcoe, the NSMLHIN geography has a population of 22,515 individuals who would self-identify as Indigenous, almost 5% of the total population.  There are few Indigenous-specific services that provide support to individuals and their care-givers living with Dementia.

By increasing education and awareness about dementia, existing and new services will be better positioned to improve the quality of services by understanding the unique needs of caring for patients with dementia

We will support integration by linking existing Indigenous community services together to provide coordinated support to families and care-givers who are living with dementia.

If you want more information, please call the worker at 705-734-1818.