McCormick Dementia Services – Caregiver’s Corner – Overnight Respite


Helpful Information

McCormick Care Group

McCormick Day Program’s  Overnight Respite

Starting on Friday, June 10, overnight respite stays will be offered 7 days per week.

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.

Booking Options:
3 night stay – arrive Monday at 9:30 a.m., depart Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $122*
4 night stay – arrive Thursday at 9:30 a.m, depart Monday at 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $159*

*Bus transportation and bathing are available for an additional fees.
Please note, the overnight fee is increasing by $5/night starting August 17.

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

We are experiencing high demand for our respite stay. We want to provide equal opportunity for our clients to experience an overnight stay, therefore at this time-we cannot accommodate monthly booking requests.

We will no longer be conducting a pre-screening questionnaire by phone.

Arriving on-site:
Once clients arrive on-site, clients and caregivers must remain in their car. If you feel as though you are waiting an extended period, please phone (519-439-9936, ext. 2346).  This limits the number of people in our lobby and potential for increased exposure. Staff will be outside to direct traffic. Screening will take place in the caregiver’s car, but will no longer include a temperature check.

Caregivers are asked to wear a mask at all times on-site, and we strongly encourage masks for clients as well.

Clients are monitored for symptoms throughout their stay. Each morning before additional day program clients arrive, all overnight respite clients will receive daily rapid antigen testing. With this new safety measure in effect, a signed rapid testing consent form is required in order to utilize our respite program.

If a client develops symptoms of illness during their respite stay, or tests positive on the rapid antigen test (RAT) 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 and need for testing. The nursing care manager will contact the public health unit to notify them of a potential case and seek further direction, including the need to identify other clients who may have been in close contact. The health unit will provide further direction, including the need to isolate and be tested or not.

If a symptomatic client’s test results are negative for COVID-19, proof must be provided to the RPN or social worker. If the client is still presenting symptoms, the client will be denied access to the day program for five days after the symptoms have resolved.

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.

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 movie nights.

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.

Clients will have their own personal room during the respite stay, which includes access to an adjacent washroom, with a toilet and sink.

Clients will be participating in recreational programming during the day, 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.

Staff PPE Requirements

All staff must wear a surgical face mask at all times.

Client PPE Recommendations

We ask that clients wear a surgical mask within the day program, with the exception of meals and periods of rest/sleep.

Caregiver PPE Requirements

All caregivers must wear a mask (cloth or surgical) when on-site for drop-off and pick-up.

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

3 night stay – arrive Monday at 9:30 a.m., depart Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
Cost totals: $122*

4 night stay – arrive Thursday at 9:30 a.m, depart Monday at 3:00 p.m.
Cost totals: $159*

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

The overnight fee is increasing by $5/night, starting August 17, 2022

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.