The Change Foundation reported almost a third of Ontario’s population are caregivers providing care to a family member or a friend. Many caregivers feel socially isolated and do not recognize caregiving as a distinct role, separate from being a good friend, child, parent or spouse. They are often not recognized for their caregiving role or perceived as needing support.
The ENRICHES Collaborative, funded in part by the government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, was initiated in Nov’ 2015 and brings together local health and community leaders to address the complex challenges facing caregivers 55+ experiencing social isolation in Toronto.
ENRICHES (Engagement to Reduce Social Isolation in Caregivers at Home and Enhance Seniors) is comprised of five core partners: Alzheimer Society Toronto, Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario, North York Community House, Woodgreen, and the Reitman Centre at the Sinai Health System, serving as the coordinating organization.
We aim to reduce social isolation and increase social engagement in caregivers through the following four strategies:
Caregivers in need of support
Caregivers in various programs to strengthen their social networks and
Caregivers to information, services and resources to enable social participation
System capacity across
is an award winning, nationally recognized centre of clinical, training and research excellence whose mission is to develop and implement innovative models to support and sustain family carers of diverse communities, train professionals in addressing their needs and generate new knowledge through research. The Reitman Centre CARERS group program delivers evidence-based, targeted and tailored skill-building interventions providing family carers with tools and support to manage day-to-day care of persons with dementia at home. The Reitman Centre provides individual and group treatment and is situated within the Department of Psychiatry of the Sinai Health System in Toronto. For more information please visit: www.mountsinai.on.ca
In August 2018, the IFA will host its 14th Global Conference on Ageing entitled “Toward a Decade of Healthy Ageing” www.ifa2018.com. The IFA believes that the caregiving relationship is a fine balance between the needs of the caregiver and those of the loved one receiving care. Combating ageism is one of the main conference themes through which delegates will be addressing abuse against older persons, access to health and social care, end of life care and access to work within the context of being a caregiver. For more information please visit: www.ifa-fiv.org