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The Koschitzky Centre is a leading-edge centre to help family caregivers cope with the physical and emotional demands of looking after a loved one who is cognitively and/or physically frail. It brings together a range of Baycrest’s services for caregivers include counselling, education and support groups, and online support for those taking care of people with early onset dementia. These services are recognized as a national leading practice by Accreditation Canada.

Baycrest Dementia Helpline for Families: A support resource for families caring for a loved one with dementia

Support is available for family caregivers, who are caring for a person with dementia at home or have a loved one with dementia in long-term care. For caregivers who feel isolated, overwhelmed or depressed, and need support. This non-crisis service provides emotional support, over the telephone, by trained social workers and volunteers. Counselling is provided Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with additional peer volunteer support available Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Fee: None
For more information: 416-785-2500 ext. 2223

Caring for Others

The goal of the online caregiver support groups is to provide enhanced care to dementia family caregivers through the development, facilitation and evaluation of Internet-based, online clinical interventions and social-connectivity by trained social workers.

Fee: None
For more information: Call 416-785-2500, ext. 2526

Caring for Your Loved One

This six-week education and support group is for children of parents with dementia who live in the community.

The program and group discussions are based on the education guide Caring for Your Loved One, teaching caregivers about dementia and how to deal with related issues. The program is offered twice per year, in the fall and spring.

Ongoing support is provided for graduates of this course through the Alumni Support Group.

Fee: None
For more information: Call 416-785-2500, ext. 2998

The Changing Relationship

This eight-week education and support group is designed for individuals living in the community who are caring for spouses with dementia. The group provides an opportunity to meet other caregivers facing similar issues and teaches you how to draw on your strengths to face new challenges. The program is offered twice per year, in the spring and fall, and is held on Tuesday mornings.

Fee: None
For more information: Call 416-785-2500, ext. 2480 or ext. 3199.

Memory-Link Spousal Support Group

This educational support group is for spouses and partners of clients with severe memory impairment who are participating in the Memory-Link program. This support group is held once a month, on Wednesday evenings from September to June.

Fee: None 
For more information please call 416-785-2500, ext. 3179.

Palliative Care Information Group

This group provides support, information, assistance with decision making, ethical issues, coping with grief and loss for families, community health-care personnel, or anyone interested in Palliative Care. Classes are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month during the day.

Holocaust Resource Programs

Baycrest’s expertise in caring for aging Holocaust survivors is world-renowned. Our specialized programs are provided for Holocaust survivors and their children. The Holocaust Resource Program offers consultation, counselling, and educational services for clients, families and survivors at Baycrest and also in other long-term care facilities. Skilled staff members manage a number of ongoing support groups for child survivors and children of survivors. These services are part of The Koschitzky Centre for Innovations in Family Caregiving.

Café Europa

Baycrest’s Café Europa is a special, monthly drop-in place for Holocaust survivors, living in the community, to come and enjoy a social morning. The Café is for people who survived concentration camps, labour camps, exile, were in hiding or members of resistance and partisan groups.

It is a change to visit with old friends, meet new ones, hear stimulating lectures, join a lively discussion, listen to music and have a good time.  The program operates on alternate Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon and is held in the Freeman Family Day Centre located on Baycrest’s main campus. Kosher refreshments are provided. A social worker coordinates the program and is available to Café Europa visitors.

Fee: None
For more information please call 416-785-2500, ext. 2271

Holocaust Child Survivors and Hidden Children’s Group

This is a support and discussion group for survivors who were 17 years old or younger when the war ended.

Fee: None
For more information please call 416-785-2500, ext. 2271

Second Generation Support Group for Adult Children of Aging Holocaust Survivors

This is a support and discussion group for children of Holocaust survivors. Participants share their experiences, identify their needs and discuss ideas for helping themselves and their aging parents

Fee: None
For more information please call at 416-785-2500, ext. 2271