Community Support Services (CSS)
PERSON-CENTRED▪ PERSON-DIRECTED ▪ WELLNESS▪ BEST HEALTH▪ EXERCISE RIGHTS▪ DIGNITY▪ RESPECT▪ SAFETY▪ BEST CARE▪ RELIABLE CARE▪ WHOLISTIC SERVICES▪ INDEPENDENCE▪ COMMUNITY INTEGRATION▪ QUALITY OF LIFE▪ FAMILY & FRIENDS
WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO
Community Support Services (CSS) is a not-for-profit program offered by the North Shore Health Network and funded by the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). We are committed to providing services that help seniors remain in their homes safely, independently for a as long as possible and to be fully active in their community. Through our various programs we support people of all ages to remain in their best health. You can count on us to:
- Put the person first
- Ensure quality and excellence for each person
- Put safety first, each and every day
- Provide reliable care that meets the person's needs
- Provide the right services, at the right time, in the right place
- Provide responsive services
ASSISTED LIVING SERVICES / OUTREACH ASSISTED LIVING
Personal Support Workers deliver a range of essential supports for everyday living that promote independence and quality of life of seniors over the age of 60. These supports include Personal Care, Grooming, Showers, Help with routine housekeeping, Medication reminders, Friendly calls, Assistance with exercises, Support with mobility, Menu Planning, Grocery shopping, Meal Preparation, Support arranging transportation, Support with errands, Support with appointments (foot clinic, medical, dental, grocery shopping), Socialization.
There are no costs for these services. Contact the CSS for more information and to determine eligibility.
HOSPICE VOLUNTEER SERVICES
Hospice Palliative Care (HPC) is an approach to care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life by supporting the physical, mental, social and spiritual needs of the terminally ill. We provide Hospice Palliative Care to people living with a terminal illness and their family. Our Program has two main services that can be used at different points throughout the illness: Visiting Volunteer Services and Hospice Suite Services.
People living with a terminal illness and their families can access volunteer support, whether they are living: at home, in Long Term Care or in the Hospital Suite.
This support can include:
- Respite Care
- Spiritual Support
- Music Therapy
- Pet Therapy.
Our trained volunteers will be matched to you and your family for weekly or daily visits based on your needs and common interests.
PRIORITY ASSISTANCE TO TRANSITION HOME (PATH) PROGRAM
The program helps patients make the transition from hospital to home safely, smoothly and comfortably. The Program is offered to patients who are unescorted and have no means of transportation to return home upon discharge.
Patients may benefit from the following services:
- Transportation home
- Assistance with attaining prescriptions
- Settling in at home
- Providing a meal or snack
- Light housekeeping
- Referral to Community Support Services
MEALS ON WHEELS
Provides hot nourishing meals at a reasonable cost, to promote wellness and independence and to improve the nutritional status of individuals. Meals are delivered to the person's home by volunteers three days per week Mon.- Wed. - Fri. Subsidy available.
Available to older adults, frail elderly, people convalescing from hospital, terminally ill, chronically ill, people with a mental health or developmental disability, new mothers and caregivers.
The cost is $7.00 per meal or $5.00 with a subsidy.
There is nothing like the feeling of sharing a hot well-balanced meal while enjoying the simple pleasure of conversation, companionship and entertainment. Available to anyone over 65 years of age. Handi-transit services are also available.
MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION SERVICES
To ensure best health and overall well-being, volunteer drivers provide safe and reliable transportation to out-of-town medical appointments. Available to anyone in the community. Fees include Travel Grants and a small fee to the client.
A reliable safeguard to seniors who live independently, are alone and may be at risk. Contact our office to fill out an application and get set up.
INCOME TAX CLINICS
Volunteers assist eligible low income individuals/families and seniors prepare
their income tax and benefit returns.
Reliable drivers provide door-to-door accessible transportation for people who are unable to use the regular transportation options available in the community due to their physical, developmental or mental health needs. One way rides: $3.50 or $7.00 round trip within the town of Blind River. No cost for bus passes. Higher rates apply in some areas.
EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE!
CSS plays a vital role in the health and quality of life for seniors living in our community and provides peace of mind to the individual, their families and caregivers.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES
525 CAUSLEY STREET, P.O. BOX 970
BLIND RIVER, ON P0R 1B0
TEL: 705 - 356 - 2265 ext. 2455