Referrals to the Caregiver Support Programs can be made by calling McCormick Dementia Services directly (519-439-9336) and speaking to a social worker.
All referrals to the day program go through Home and Community Care South West Local Health Integration Network at 1-800-811-5146. Anyone can call and request a referral to the day program. A case coordinator will meet with the client and their caregiver and complete a standardized assessment form (Resident Assessment Instrument or RAI). The case coordinator determines eligibility for the day program. Once approved, the case coordinator will send the assessment document to McCormick Dementia Services.
Once the referral is received, the McCormick Dementia Services social worker contacts the family and arranges an appointment for the applicant and their caregiver(s). This visit gives us a chance to gather more information and allows the applicant to see the day program area and meet some of the staff. The applicant spends at least an hour in the day program, while the caregiver(s) provides social/emotional/recreational information to the social worker and complete(s) other documents. During this process, the McCormick Dementia Services team, the client and his/her caregivers together decide on the appropriateness of the program for the applicant. Days are chosen and space is offered if available or the applicant’s name is placed on the wait list. The whole process can take up to two hours.
Transportation to the day program is available from the BGC (formerly known as the Boys’ and Girls’ Club) seniors transit service, which shuttles clients within the London city boundary. This service is arranged by the McCormick Dementia Services administrative assistant and confirmed by calling the applicant’s contact person. The family may choose to transport the day program client, if desired.
Some of the documents requiring completion can be downloaded and completed in advance of the appointment. Others will be presented during the appointment. Documents available to download include: