What's New at Community Care
In this section, you will be able to access information about upcoming Community Care special events and activities, as well as get recaps and summaries of recent initiatives. For further information about any agency activities, please contact us at 705-324-7323.
Members of the Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group's We CARE Committee present Community Care with a $25,000 donation towards youth grief programming. L to r: Commonwell's Scott Crone, Regena Scott, Jennifer Hope, Michael Leach and Paul Spry, Community Care Foundation Treasurer Allison Chenier and Hospice Services Manager Ryan Alexander.
Commonwell Donates $25,000 to Youth Grief Support Program
Local young people who have experienced the life-altering loss of a loved one will be given support to assist them, thanks to a $25,000 donation from the Commonwell Mutual Insurance Group. The donation will be directed to the "Kids Grieve Too" program offered by the Community Care Health & Care Network's Hospice Services.
"We are deeply grateful to Commonwell for this generous gift," says Community Care Chief Executive Officer Catherine Danbrook. "Such funding will enable Community Care to continue to provide grief support programs to local residents, and to respond to increasing demand for support."
The Commonwell support comes through the company's We C.A.R.E (Creating A Ripple Effect) Program, which exemplifies a commitment to keep the communities in which it operates going strong. In total, the Commonwell has chosen to support 3 recipients for 2017 through C.A.R.E and $75,000 has been committed to similar programs of Community Care, the Rural Ottawa South Support Services and Community and Primary Health Care of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville.
"In delivering grief support programs for all ages, we believe that no one should have to grieve alone. As the leading provider of grief support in the City of Kawartha Lakes, our programs are offered at no charge, in order to remove a potential barrier to care. Grief support programs do not receive government funding. Thus, we rely upon the generosity of the community and supporters to keep the programs free of user fees," Danbrook explained.
It is estimated that at least 1 in 20 children age 15 and younger will experience the death of a parent. This equates to more than 600 children in the City of Kawartha Lakes. In order to provide grief support services to such young people, the Kids Grieve Too program offers interactive group activities aimed at helping children better understand their feelings of loss, and responds to the challenges of grief at different ages.
2016-17 Annual Report now available
"Portraits in Caring" is the theme for the 2017 Annual Report from Community Care, and we're pleased to have the smiling faces of Grace King and Julie Marquis on our front cover. Their story of support and care for each other is featured in the Annual Report, which is available Here.
In the past year, the organization made tremendous advances to our Strategic Plan, as we pursued the overall vision of Building Healthy Communities. We have continued to create collaborative environments that foster integrated health system thinking, planning and evaluation. And, we remain focused on improving health experience and health outcomes for our local community - while decreasing costs to the system as a whole.
Enjoy the Annual Report, and contact us if you would like a printed copy.
Shoppers Drug Mart Foundation Helps Residents Cope with Infant Loss
Support from the Shoppers Drug Mart Foundation will help Community Care's Grief Support services in developing a new Coping With Infant Loss program. The Foundation's $5,000 donation comes through Shoppers' local community involvement program and the Putting Women's Health First funding stream.
As an extension to existing grief programs that Community Care offers through Hospice Services, Coping With Infant Loss will be designed to help parents with the intense feelings following the unexpected and shocking loss of a pregnancy or a baby's life.
"Losing a baby in any way is one of the most difficult experiences that a mother will ever endure," said Ryan Alexander, Manager of Community Care's Hospice Services. "Mothers need a professional with expertise in perinatal bereavement. Complicated grief occurs in a large portion of such bereavement cases. That's where our Coping With Infant Loss program will be of help."
"It is an honour and privilege for Shoppers Drug Mart to support women's health programming, and Community Care in delivering these local services to benefit women," said Lisa Gibbs, Director of Community Investment with SDM.
The Coping With Infant Loss program will allow participants to receive support through monthly group sessions. One-to-one support will also be available. Organizers hope that the program will help parents experience change in feelings of hopelessness, pain and their overall mental and physical wellbeing.
More information about Community Care's Hospice Services is available here. Find out about the Shoppers Drug Mart Life Foundation here.
HDR supports the Foundation
Community Care expresses its gratitude to architectural, engineering and consulting firm HDR Inc., for generously supporting the Community Care Foundation (Kawartha Lakes) with a $2,500 donation.
HDR's support will be directed towards services provided by the Community Care Health & Care Network that do not receive government funding - including the Community Dental Clinic and Hospice Grief Support programs.
Support from corporate and individual donors is vital as Community Care strives for better health outcomes by reducing barriers to care and responding to needs.
Community Care breaks ground on future facility
A major milestone in Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes' 31-year history was celebrated recently with the official groundbreaking at the future site of the agency's new and improved Community Health Centre (CHC). The new facility will bring together all of the agency's current CHC progams and services, and will allow for future growth that the agency expects to be needed to meet increasing health care needs of local residents.
The new facility will be built at 21 Angeline St. N. in Lindsay. The site will be the home of the current CHC programs - primary care, health promotion, dental care and the Geriatric Assessment Intervention Network (GAIN) team, along with some administrative departments. The agency hopes to be able to move other services that it offers to the new facility in a future second phase of development.
"This is a significant milestone for the future of Community Care," said Board Chair Paul Davidson. "It will definitely help bring our vision of community-centred care a big step closer to reality."
The current Community Health Centre, located at 108 Angeline St. S. in Lindsay, was opened in 2009. The new facility will enable Community Care to provide expanded, more cost-effective services and allow for future growth. Officials said that the proximity to Ross Memorial Hospital signals the importance that the agency places on working partnerships with other local health care groups such as the hospital.
Community Care Board of Directors Chair Paul Davidson served up pieces of celebratory cake at the groundbreaking ceremony.
For highlights from the groundbreaking ceremony, Click Here
Agency Receives Accreditation Status Once Again
Officials at Community Care are pleased that the agency has continued to meet the requirements of the Accreditation Canada program and has received full accreditation status for 2016 - 2020.
The agency recently participated in the Accreditation Canada survey, which helps organizations strengthen their quality improvement efforts by identifying what they are doing well and where improvements are needed. Organizations that are accredited by Accreditation Canada can hold their status as a mark of pride and as a way to create a strong, sustainable culture of quality and safety.
The recent survey was the fourth time since 2004 that CCCKL has participated in the process.
"Accreditation Canada commends Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes for its ongoing work to integrate accreditation into its operations to improve the quality and safety of its programs and services," the report states.
Click Here to access the full Executive Summary from Accreditation Canada.