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Brain Health Conditions

  • Acquired brain injury (ABI) is any damage to the brain after birth not caused by a congenital or degenerative disease. Trauma, such as from a fall or accident, stroke, aneurysm, tumour, exposure to toxins and infections of the brain are some common ...
  • The services listed here provide information, training and resources to educate the public about addictions and addictive behaviour. Prevention efforts provide resources and education about addictions and addictive behaviour and seeks to minimize the ...
  • Alcohol and drug programs provide therapy and mutual support for individuals who abuse drugs and/or alcohol, to help them better understand their dependency and to support their efforts to recover.
  • Dementia is the loss of intellectual functions, such as thinking, remembering and reasoning, of sufficient severity to interfere with a person's daily functioning. It is not a disease in itself, but rather a group of symptoms that may accompany ...
  • A syndrome, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a nervous system disease that attacks the nerve cells. It is marked by muscle weakness and atrophy.
  • Autism is a developmental disorder affecting the brain`s normal development of a person`s social and communication skills. Diagnosis of autism usually occurs in early childhood.
  • Cerebral Palsy is a non-progressive paralysis that is caused by developmental defects in the brain or trauma at birth, resulting in loss of muscular control, spasms, weakness and speech problems.
  • Epilepsy is a neurological condition which causes seizures produced by a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain. Seizures vary in severity from person to person.
  • Heart disease includes coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, valve disorders, angina and congestive heart disease.
  • Services listed below provide treatment or care for people with addictions at either specialized residential facilities or through housing programs.
  • Residential homes and group or independent living homes offer structured and supportive environments for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • Special apartments and group homes provide permanent housing for people with a mental illness. Rent-geared-to-income, supervision and links to psychiatric services may be among the supports available. Mental health organizations may provide ...
  • Huntington disease (HD) is a hereditary brain disorder with devastating effects on both mind and body. A form of the disease called "Juvenile Huntington Disease" can appear in young people under 20 years of age. Currently there is no cure for the ...
  • Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision.
  • Parkinson's Disease is a slowly progressive neurodegenerative illness characterized by: tremors, stiffness, slowness of movement and difficulty with balance.
  • Gambling counselling programs provide emotional support, information and guidance though a variety of means including mutual support groups for people who are having difficulty controlling their compulsion to gamble, and for their families.
  • Schizophrenia is a severe mental disorder characterized by disintegration of the processes of thinking, contact with reality, and emotional responsiveness. Delusions and hallucinations are common, especially those that produce the feeling of a loss ...
  • A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. Strokes can cause mild to severe physical, emotional or mental disabilities. Rehabilitation can help people who have had a stroke to recover function and live as independently as possible. ...
  • Programs listed here help people who have survived a suicide attempt, or have experienced the suicide of a loved one.

Caregiver Support

  • Various programs and services support the important decisions you need to make about the future of your health, and health care.
  • The members of these services have joined together on a voluntary basis to support the passage and enforcement of laws and other social measures that protect and promote the rights and interests of seniors. Some organizations also advocate on behalf ...
  • A caregiver is someone who looks after a sick, frail or disabled relative, friend or neighbour. Supportive programs are available to help caregivers cope with their responsibilities and may include self-help, informal counselling, recreation and ...
  • Many complicated issues arise when a patient faces serious mental health impediments. The patient`s needs require assessment that balance their individual rights and public safety. The Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario is an independent tribunal ...
  • Counselling aims at assisting people to understand and overcome or manage personal problems, such as difficulties in relationships, anger, conflict, trauma, abuse, bereavement, and addiction. There are many types of counsellors usually specialized in ...
  • Crisis intervention programs can provide you with immediate assistance if you are very distressed, or feel as though you are in a life-threatening situation. If you feel frightened or unable to cope with a problem that requires immediate attention, ...
  • Federal, provincial, municipal, and Aboriginal service centres administer government functions and oversee the delivery of public services.
  • Programs providing health care and social services information and referral services.
  • Respite care offers temporary, substitute living arrangements or special care in the home for adults with disabilities in order to provide a brief period of relief or rest (usually more than twenty-four hours) for the family members, guardians or ...
  • Respite care offers temporary, substitute living arrangements or special care in the home for children with disabilities in order to provide a brief period of relief or rest (usually more than twenty-four hours) for the family members, guardians or ...
  • Respite care offers temporary, substitute living arrangements or special care in the home for seniors in order to provide a brief period of relief or rest (usually more than twenty-four hours) for the family members, guardians or other people who are ...

Healthy Lifestyle

  • The organizations listed here provide counselling for the blind and those with impaired vision. Services include individual and family counselling relating to vision loss, parent, peer and family support groups and referrals to other agencies. They ...
  • Diet, nutrition and weight control programs evaluate an individual's nutritional history and dietary intake to develop a plan which ensures that the person's nutritional needs are met. Weight control programs may also help individuals who have an ...
  • Group exercises and falls prevention classes help seniors and people with disabilities living in the community stay healthy and active. Classes are publicly-funded and held at various community locations.
  • Fitness centres and health clubs provide activities for all ages aimed at maintaining and improving people’s physical good health.
  • Headaches and migraines are conditions in which the individual experiences diffuse pain, which may be acute or chronic, in different portions of the head. The pain may vary from a dull ache to an acute pain that is almost unbearable, and may be an ...
  • These programs distribute information and/or provide education to promote healthy aging. Seniors are encouraged to understand how their lifestyle affects their physical and mental health and to develop personal practices that enhance their total ...
  • Incontinence is a loss of bladder and/or bowel control. It is a symptom, not a disease that can occur at any age due to a number of underlying causes. Incontinence can always be cured, treated or managed successfully. The following organizations ...
  • Good Mental Health has a major positive impact on your overall well-being. These organizations offer a variety of programs that promote and maintain healthy minds. Programs aim at developing self-esteem, helping overcome mental health adversity such ...
  • Pain can interfere with work, sleep and overall enjoyment of life. If you are living with pain, support is available to help you cope and improve your quality of life. Most painful conditions can be treated.
  • Sleep and wake disorders include a variety of conditions in which the person has difficulty falling or staying asleep, abnormal behaviours during sleep or trouble staying awake during the day.
  • Most smokers have a physical dependency on nicotine, which is found in tobacco. Smoking cessation programs use one or a variety of techniques including aversion therapy, hypnosis, acupuncture, acupressure, and individual and/or group therapy or ...

Housing and Transportation

  • This section lists non-profit, public or cooperative housing organizations assisting people on low incomes.
  • Assisted living programs provide services to people who require daily personal support and essential homemaking to live independently.
  • Modifications can be undertaken to make a home barrier-free for people with physical disabilities or mobility challenges. Financial assistance may be available.
  • Residential homes and group or independent living homes offer structured and supportive environments for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
  • Special apartments and group homes provide permanent housing for people with a mental illness. Rent-geared-to-income, supervision and links to psychiatric services may be among the supports available. Mental health organizations may provide ...
  • Long-Term Care Homes are subsidized facilities providing nursing and personal care to individuals who are no longer able to live independently. Many long-term care homes also offer short term respite care. Long-term care homes are also known as Homes ...
  • Providing transportation to the public for a fee, the system runs on set routes at a scheduled time. Public transportation may offer specialized services for residents with mobility limitations.
  • These programs monitor residential care standards and/or advocating on behalf of facility residents.
  • Residential care offers medical and personal care for adults who can no longer be cared for at home. Respite care may also be available at these locations.
  • Residential facilities are designed to enable retired individuals and other elderly people to have a form of independent living, while sharing common interests and access to supportive services.
  • Supportive housing programs are available in designated residential buildings (apartments or group homes) to people who require daily personal support and essential homemaking to live independently. Eligible individuals include the frail elderly, ...
  • Wheelchair accessible transportation is available through public transportation services, community organizations and private companies.
  • The Disabled Parking Permit is a portable sign displayed on any vehicle in which an individual with a disability is the driver or a passenger. The permit allows the vehicle to park in a wheelchair designated parking space.
  • Transportation for the elderly, people receiving medical treatment and those with disabilities who are mobile (ambulatory). Most transportation services are provided by volunteer services and a nominal fee may be charged.

Managing Finances

  • Drug Benefit programs assist people on low incomes with the cost of prescription drugs.
  • Unemployed or underemployed people with disabilities can get help through drop-in resource centres, job search assistance programs, and job-skills workshops. Employment counselling and career planning services provide information on the labour ...
  • Financial Assistance programs provide people in financial need with basic income support and temporary assistance for urgent and special needs. Also listed here are programs that assist contributors, such as Employment Insurance (EI) and Canada ...
  • Government and community programs offer financial assistance to persons with disabilities for income support and to help with the costs of equipment and home modification.
  • Financial assistance is available to help pay rent and utilities so people can remain in their homes.
  • A Power of Attorney is a legal document naming a specific person to act on your behalf (sometimes called a substitute decision maker) in case you become incapable of making your own decisions. There are three kinds of Power of Attorney: personal care ...

Support Programs & Services

  • Adult day programs (ADP) provide part-of-the-day supervised programming in a group setting for dependent adults, such as the frail elderly, individuals with Alzheimer’s, or individuals with disabilities. Services may include leisure activities, meals ...
  • Anger management programs provide education and/or therapeutic opportunity to deal with anger in a positive, functional way. Programs may be court-ordered or voluntary. Participants may include people who internalize their anger as well as those who ...
  • Children and youth with disabilities have physical, developmental, mental or emotional challenges, illnesses or injuries that prevent or interfere with their ability to perform intellectual or physical tasks, or which can significantly limit their ...
  • Community mental health programs provide a variety of services to help support people who have serious and ongoing mental health issues living in the community. Services offered include information and referral, advocacy, case management, housing ...
  • Food banks provide food items on an emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Banks usually provide a one to three day supply of food, once a month to once every three months, per individual or family. Identification for each family member ...
  • Geriatric services provide health care specifically related to aging, in particular the frail elderly who have multiple health problems or who have difficulty managing on their own.
  • Health care services offered at home, at school, and in the community, as well as access to supported living programs and long-term care, are coordinated by Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to ensure people of all ages can make informed ...
  • Home help, housekeeping and homemaking services help people to live independently in their own homes by assisting with routine household. They offer the services of domestic workers and/or volunteers who provide assistance with housecleaning, ...
  • Personal support encompasses such care as grooming, dressing, bathing, transferring, bed care, medication compliance, simple wound dressings, blood sugar and blood pressure monitoring and respite care. This care is usually performed by a personal ...
  • Independent living support or attendant care helps people with disabilities to keep themselves and their home in good condition. Care is provided in the home and can include personal hygiene, grooming, dressing, transferring and positioning, meal ...
  • Life skills programs assist persons with a disability to learn the basic skills of daily living. Services may include training in the ability to travel about the community alone; to live independently in a private residence; to maintain health ...
  • Meals on Wheels services prepare and deliver regular hot or frozen meals to the elderly or individuals with disabilities. Check the listings to find the service in your area.
  • Mental health programs for children and youth provide preventive, diagnostic and treatment services in a variety of community and hospital-based settings to help them achieve, maintain and enhance their state of well-being, personal empowerment and ...
  • Hospital programs provide support and treatment for individuals of all ages who have acute or chronic mental or emotional disturbances. Services may be provided on an inpatient or outpatient basis.
  • Rehabilitation services provided in the home can include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, case management and vocational evaluations.
  • Personal safety and injury prevention are essential components of healthy living whether at home, school, at work or while participating in leisure activities. Resources exist in the community, schools and in the workplace that address threats to ...
  • Programs and services that assist seniors and people with disabilities with shopping and errands.
  • Telephone reassurance programs provide regular phone calls to seniors and people with disabilities who live alone to check on their health and safety. Security check programs involve someone actually visiting the home. The checks are performed by ...