Non-profit organization resources include those provided by the Alzheimer Society of Canada and various national, provincial and city groups. Some Supportive Living and Long-term Care facilities are operated by charitable organizations.
Alzheimer Society of Canada
The Alzheimer Society of Canada is the main non-profit charitable organization providing assistance to people with dementia and their family and caregivers. In spite of its name, this organization provides services for all types of dementia. It is often one of the first points of contact and support for newly-diagnosed people with dementia and their family. They not only provide a wide range of resources but offer much-needed emotional support through one-on-one visits with a staff member as well as through support group sessions. They are also a point of referral from doctors and also refer to other agencies including outreach groups and AHS Home Care. The society website contains a wealth of information for people with dementia, caregivers, health-care professionals, first responders and financial advisors. It also partners with other organizations involved in related activities such as mental health and caregivers. In addition to its Provincial Office, the Alberta and Northwest Territories branch of the society has offices in various cities including Medicine Hat.
The Alzheimer Society has released two reports to provide guidance for the development of a national strategy for dementia:
- The Canadian Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Partnership: Strategic Objectives.
- Improving Dementia Care Worldwide: Ideas and Advice on Developing and Implementing a National Dementia Program.
These two documents are recommended in the previously-mentioned Canadian Senate Report to serve as guidance in the creation and development of Canada’s National Dementia Strategy.
Other Provincial and National Groups
Other than the Alzheimer society, the Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation deals specifically with dementia:
Other organizations are related to caregivers and seniors concerns. These include:
- Alberta Continuing Care Association (ACCA)
- Caregivers Alberta
- Carers Canada
- Canadian Alliance for Long Term Care (CALTC)
- Canadian Home Care Association
- Caregivers Coalition of Southeast Alberta
Medicine Hat Groups
In Medicine Hat, medical equipment loans are offered by:
REDI is a local organization that provides Community Access to People in Continuing Care grants for residents under 65 years of age in Long-term Care facilities. The grant allows residents to hire Companions to help them go out into the community and to participate in local events. The program can also bring events into the facility for residents with limited mobility.
Supportive Living and Long-term Care Facilities
- See list of facilities (non-profit and for profit) in Medicine Hat prepared by the City of Medicine Hat Seniors Services
- The Alberta Health Accommodation Search website can be used to obtain information concerning specific Albertan facilities. A list of facilities in a specific city is available on the website by entering the name of the city in the search box.
- Rates for Designated Supportive Living (DSL) and Long-term Care (LTC) facilities.