Hello Lived Experience Advisors,
I just want to mention two more items:
1. The Lived Experience Resource Exchange for April and May 2017 is ready & online at http://dementiacrossroads.ca/discussion-archives.php . This is a summary of all of the key findings of all the online, face to face and telephone conversations that have taken place with the SE Ontario Lived Experience Network for this two month period. Find out what matters to people who matter!
2. Please be aware of a very important Provincial Live (typed) Chat conversation that will be taking place. On Wednesday, June 21st from 6:30 -8:00PM, we will be holding a province-wide online (typed) chat on www.dementiacrossroads.ca as a part of the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) Provincial Lived Experience Advisory.
The topic for our chat conversation will be focusing on Adult Day Programs and we will be joined by special guest Michael Campo (Senior Policy Advisor) from the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care. As you may know, the Ontario Dementia Strategy has made Dementia Day and Evening Programs a key area of investment in their strategy. In our past advisory conversations, we have heard a lot of positive feedback from people with lived experience about the value of these kinds of programs. For example, in our May Lived Experience video/teleconference meeting, members shared insightful communication strategies that are used between Adult Day Program staff and family care partners/caregivers such as communication binders and living diaries. The purpose of this chat will be to learn more about what’s working well in adult day programs and what barriers may need to be addressed to enhance the programs.
More specifically, we will be asking the following questions:
1.What elements make an adult day program successful?
2.What barriers or challenges have you faced in accessing adult day programs?
3.What services are not currently offered within adult day programs, but should be?
4.What advice would you give to policy makers to enhance access to or enhance the impact of adult day programs in your community?
What an amazing opportunity this is to share our lived experiences with those who will be planning these kind of programs! We hope you will join us and look forward to your feedback.
Sharon Osvald, Lived Experience Facilitator (South Eastern Ontario and Behavioural Suppports Ontario)