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Support for Families and Friends

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As a family member and/or caregiver, we understand that your loved one’s illness can also have a significant impact on you. We recognize that an essential part of an individual’s recovery is the support and care of families and friends, so we would like to extend this support to you. Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences has a variety of resources that can provide help and support.

Family Resource Centre
The Family Resource Centre (FRC) is a dedicated, therapeutic space for families to share knowledge, access resources and connect with other families for support and encouragement. Open Family Discussion Group runs Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

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905-430-4055 Ext. 6970.
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Family Council
Working in partnership with Ontario Shores, Family Council supports and empowers family caregivers affected by mental health and addiction issues in alignment with Ontario Shores’ Mission, Vision and Values. The Family Council consists of up to 15 volunteers that are representative of families from various clinical programs at Ontario Shores.

Frequently Asked Questions
Questions frequently asked by family members and caregivers of Ontario Shores patients.

Dementia Support Group
This is a support group that provides information and support regarding Dementia every other Thursday from 1:30-3:00 pm. Speakers present a topic from 1:30-2:00, followed by a group support session from 2:00-3:00 pm. For more information contact Social Workers Nancy Burns ext. 6788 or Kit Cheung ext. 6291.

Resources for Caregivers of People with Dementia
Caregivers play an important role in a patient’s journey with dementia and the inter-professional care team at Ontario Shores aims to include caregivers as much as possible. We understand that the impact of dementia and the experience at Ontario Shores may be challenging for a caregiver. Here we provide resources and links to additional supports and information for the caregiver of a person with dementia.

Ontario Shores Library

Family Caregiver Charter of Rights

Online Health Library
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