There’s more to health care than doctors and hospitals – Ontario’s not-for-profit community support services providers are the quiet heroes of the health care system, and they have some amazing stories to share.
October is Community Support Month, an opportunity to celebrate the services which help seniors and people with disabilities live independently in their own homes for as long as possible. There are over 25 unique community support services, including attendant care, adult day programs, Meals on Wheels, respite for family caregivers, personal care and home support, transportation to medical appointments, and supportive housing programs… to name just a few! The not-for-profit organizations that provide these services are supported by their local communities, and rely on over 3 million hours of work donated by volunteers each year.
All Ontarians deserve the opportunity to live in the comfort of our own homes and communities. Community support services make this goal a reality by going beyond meeting a client’s current needs, and actually preventing more serious needs in the future. They keep people out of emergency rooms, hospitals and long-term care, helping Ontarians in need stay happy and healthy, and making the entire health care system more sustainable.
In Toronto, West Toronto Support Services has made an impact.
“To us, stories about the impact of community support services may be extraordinary, but to the dedicated staff and volunteers of these organizations, they’re all in a day’s work,” says Deborah Simon, CEO of the Ontario Community Support Association. “This October, please learn more about how you can support these community-based organizations by donating your time or much-needed funds.”
There are many different types of community support services. Here are specific celebration dates set aside for each type:
|October 5||Congregate Dining Day|
|October 2 – 8||Meals on Wheels Week|
|October 9 – 15||Community Care Worker Week|
|October 3||Respite Services Day|
|October 10||Transportation Services Day|
|October 16 – 22||Adult Day Program Week|
|October 7||Supportive Housing Day|
|October 14||Friendly Visiting/Telephone Reassurance Day|
|October 21||Home Help/Maintenance Services Day|
Join the conversation on social media at #CommunitySupportStories.
Across the province each year, over one million people receive home care and community support services – and the need is growing. The Ontario Community Support Association (OCSA) champions a strong, sustainable home and community support sector for all Ontarians. Our not-for-profit, community-based member organizations provide a wide variety of health and wellness services which help a full range of clients including seniors and people with disabilities remain independent in their own homes and communities. These compassionate and cost-effective services improve quality of life and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations, emergency room visits and premature institutionalization. They are the key to a sustainable health care system for Ontario. For more information, visit www.ocsa.on.ca.
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