In the last year some members of the CARP Lanark County chapter board of directors have had personal experience with assisting elderly family members with complex medical issues. Based on those experiences, we believe that people frequently don’t know how to find, or how to qualify for, the medical services they need. The board decided to create a program to provide information about navigating the Ontario healthcare system.
We have received funding from the Government of Ontario to create a workshop and host the workshop three times across Lanark County. A meal is included at a nominal cost of $5 (free to CARP members).
Registration is required and is now open for the following three locations:
• October 20, 5 pm – 9 at Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St. (register by Oct. 13)
• November 3, 9 am – 1 at Smiths Falls Kinsmen Community Pavilion, Lower Reach Park, 12 Old Sly’s Road (register by Oct. 28)
• November 17, 9 am – 1 at Perth Civitan Hall, 6787 Hwy 43 (register by Nov. 6)
Call Lisa Ryan at 613.256.1031 ext. 62 during business hours or send an email to [email protected] to register. Please specify the names of each attendee, if each is a CARP member and which event location you are attending.
The program will address the following topics:
• Aging in place (in-home support services, transportation services)
• Residential options (retirement residences, assisted living, long-term care)
• Special medical services (physiotherapy, chemotherapy, dialysis, assistive devices, etc.)
• End of life options (palliative care, hospice)
One confirmed speaker for the Smiths Falls event is the Honourable Sharon Carstairs. While in the Senate Carstairs served as Minister with Special Responsibility for Palliative Care. Carstairs was chairperson of the Special Committee on Aging which issued a report that helped get palliative care added to the core curriculum in Canadian medical schools.