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McCormick Dementia Services – Caregiver’s Corner – Overnight Respite


Helpful Information

McCormick Care Group

McCormick Day Program’s  Overnight Respite

Who is eligible to attend overnight respite? Clients who are currently attending our on-site day program are eligible for overnight respite. Our hospital bed is also available, which is required for some clients for safe transfers and proper position and care. Clients attending other day programs are not eligible for our overnight stay.

The maximum length of an overnight stay is 7 nights.

Booking Options:
1 night: $61
3 night stay – arrive Monday at 9:30 a.m., depart Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $157*
4 night stay – arrive Thursday at 9:30 a.m, depart Monday at 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $205*
7 night stay – $349*

*Bus transportation and bathing are available for an additional fees.

If you are interested in booking a respite stay, please contact our administrative assistant for booking availability.

If a client develops symptoms of illness during their respite stay, the emergency contact/primary caregiver will be contacted to pick up the client.

The client will be immediately isolated from other clients until their ride arrives and continued cleaning of the area will be performed.

Caregivers will be instructed to go home, self-isolate and contact their primary health care provider or public health unit to discuss symptoms.

Clients cannot attend the day program for 10 days from testing positive for COVID-19, and for 7 days after being a close contact with someone who has tested positive.

Clients are not able to attend the day program when displaying an symptoms of illness which may include respiratory or enteric symptoms.

Clients who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be excluded from the day program for 10 days after onset of symptoms.

Clients who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be excluded from the day program for 14 days after symptoms have resolved and clearance has been received from the public health unit.

The nursing care manager will be in contact with the public health unit of the confirmed positive case. The public health unit will provide specific advice on what control measures should be implemented to prevent the potential spread and how to monitor other clients and staff who may have come in contact with the infected person.

Once inside the program area, the client will participate in the programming room most suitable for them. Additionally, with staff supervision, clients can enjoy our secured garden space.

Clients engage in person-centred recreational programs until lunch. Programming varies but may include art, crafts, music, word puzzles, trivia, exercises, physical games, table games, Montessori activities, helping tasks and access to digital programming.

Recreational programming continues in the afternoon until 8:00 p.m.

Supper is served at 5:00 p.m.

Clients will be supported 24 hours per day by our nursing staff, which includes a Registered Practical Nurse (RPN) and a Personal Supporter Worker (PSW). In the evenings, more passive programming will be provided, which may include movies or tv shows.

Snacks and meals are served by our nursing staff. Modified textures (regular, minced, soft, puree) and fluids (regular, thickened) are available.

Our nursing team  is available at all times to provide any level of personal care assistance required (from supervision in the washroom to full mechanical lift for transfers and product changes).

Our nursing staff take pride in ensuring clients receive additional grooming attention while on-site. This may include having their finger nails cleaned, trimmed and polished (if interested), their hair brushed and potentially styled, and men’s faces cleanly shaved. Personal care products, including nail trimmers are labelled to avoid cross-contamination.

At this time additional services like foot care and the hair salon are not available.

All client medication and supplements must be stored with our nursing staff during their stay. These medications, including over-the-counter medications, must be prescribed by a physician/nurse practitioner, and must be in their original labelled bottles or a blister pack. Our staff cannot administer medications that are not in the accepted packaging.

This rule applies for both respite and on-site day program attendance.

Any clients requiring the use of oxygen therapy must also provide physician orders, or the oxygen supplier instructions, for its use.

While clients are staying respite, they are always in the day program space. We do not use long-term care rooms for our overnight clients.

Clients will have their own personal room for sleeping in, which includes access to an adjacent washroom, with a toilet and sink.

Clients will be participating in recreational programming during the day and afternoon, as well as have access to recliner chairs in a spacious area for additional rest and relaxation, if desired.

The day program space will undergo a deep clean after clients leave the day program at 3:00 p.m. daily.

Throughout the respite stay, routine cleaning is performed, including but are not limited to, high touch points such as light switches, table tops, chairs, railings, washrooms and program materials.

All staff are trained in Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) and will be responsible for keeping the day program clean.

Here is a printable list of items to pack for an overnight stay.

1 night stay: $61

3 night stay – arrive Monday at 9:30 a.m., depart Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
Cost totals: $157*

4 night stay – arrive Thursday at 9:30 a.m, depart Monday at 3:00 p.m.
Cost totals: $205*

7 night stay – $349*

*Bus transportation and bathing are available for an additional fees.

Please contact our administrative assistant (519-439-9336) for any billing concerns.

Transportation is available through the BGC (formerly known as the Boys & Girls Club). Arrangements can be made with our administrative assistant while booking your respite stay. Alternatively, caregivers can drive the client to and from the program at the designated times.

To report all absences at any time, please call our main telephone line 519-439-9336. Please leave a detailed message if our staff are unable to answer your call.

Fees are still charged in the event of an absence unless the respite stay spot can be filled.