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VON offers more than 75 different home care, personal support, and community services to enhance each client’s quality of life by providing them with the personal assistance and the support needed to make them comfortable in their own home. We’ve been doing so for more than 110 years.

Caregiver Supports & Programs

Adult Day Program

Designed to provide respite for family caregivers and to support and maintain client health, ability and independence, these programs are an opportunity for the frail, elderly, disabled or cognitively impaired adult to make friends. Activity workers and volunteers coordinate activities such as exercise classes, card and word games, communal outings and crafts.

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Alzheimer Day Program

The program provides specialized therapeutic, social and recreational activities for people with Alzheimer disease and related disorders in a secure environment. Staff offer creative programs to build the strengths of the clients.

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Caregiver Support and Education

VON provides information, emotional support and education to family caregivers. Participants gain hope and insight through the experiences of other caregivers and build a network of support. A series of videos is used to encourage reflection and discussion.

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In-Home Adult Respite

Caregivers of family members with Alzheimer's or other chronic illnesses frequently do not have respite time for themselves to go for coffee with a friend, or get some needed rest. They shoulder the responsibility of care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained personal support workers and/or volunteers are available to meet the needs of the client and free the caregiver from a feeling of total responsibility for a few hours or shifts of care. Respite may include homemaking services, recreation and stimulation activities.

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In-Home Children's Respite

Respite is available to families of chronically ill children who are physically or intellectually handicapped. A VON nurse and the child's caregiver develop a plan of support for the family and the patient. For a minimum of 6 hours per week, trained health aides provide personal services to free up regular caregivers. The same health aide is assigned to the client each week to ensure continuity of care.

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Overnight Respite Services

VON operates several centres where seniors, the intellectually challenged and people with chronic conditions can come to a home-like setting custom-built for care, to allow caregivers much-needed rest. There is nursing care and recreational and therapeutic activities. Clients are assisted by a multi-disciplinary team that monitors their progress.

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