Support for Families and Caregivers

Behavioural Supports Ontario

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Adult Day Programs

Adult Day Programs (ADPs) are an integrated service offering part-of-the-day or all-day supervised programming in a group setting.  They provide a “day out” for seniors and adults who require additional support to participate in social, physical and therapeutic recreational activities.  ADPs have a client fee and subsidies are available for individuals who are unable to pay the client fee. The ADP service assists the participants to maintain their maximum level of functioning, to prevent early admission to long-term care and provides respite for caregivers. ADPs are intended for individuals who are frail and elderly, individuals with Alzheimer Disease and other progressive cognitive disorders or dementias, and individuals with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). 

Components of the service include:

  • Social and therapeutic recreational activities,
  • Nutritious meals
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • Medication reminders
  • Daily exercise programs
  • Respite/support for caregivers

These programs are part of a comprehensive collection of services available to the elderly and their caregivers that allow caregivers to have a rest and the individual to socialize and receive the services they need on a regular basis.  Each program’s focus varies, with some programs specializing in serving populations with specific health needs, such as persons with dementia or difficulties with communication (aphasia). 

For more information on eligibility criteria and adult day programs, click here or visit the Healthline website.

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  • For information on specific adult day programs, click here.

Respite Services

ADP provides a form of respite for caregivers during the day. There are three additional types of respite services offered in the HNHB LHIN: In-Home, Overnight and Short Stay Respite. 

Respite is the provision of short or long-term caregiver relief. The service may include homemaking, some personal care, light housekeeping, attendant care, monitoring, supervision, and/or activation.

In-Home respite services include supervision within the individuals’ home environment for those who cannot be left alone due to safety concerns.  In-Home respite programs within the HNHB LHIN are intended to meet the needs of seniors who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia whose regular caregiver needs a brief period of relief or rest.

Overnight respite is available for individuals who require supervision or care for 24 hours or greater.

Short stay long term care respite provides supervision and care for a longer period of time greater than overnight respite.  Short stay long term care is available for individuals and caregivers who require respite for greater than three days within a long term care home. 

Individuals can access a combination of adult day programs as well as in home, overnight and short stay long term care respite. 

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  • For more information on respite services in the HNHB LHIN, visit the Healthline website.