Baycrest@Home is a new suite of services that draws on our expertise in caring for older adults to address gaps left by traditional home care.

After a development phase, Baycrest@Home widened its reach in spring 2020 and was perfectly timed to help families in the community that were increasingly isolated at home because of COVID-19.It offers virtual and web-based resources, social worker support, programs and services that are easily accessible from home via phone, video conferencing and the internet. It includes discussion groups, chair exercise, brain games, trivia, relaxation classes, instructional art, spiritual care, a storytelling club and more.  Families have access to virtual home safety assessment, nursing advice, and assistance with navigating the health system, virtually on demand. A number of pilots exploring the use of connected devices in the home to improve safety and comfort are underway.

Members of Baycrest’s adult day programs, the Samuel Lunenfeld Mountainview Club and Freeman Family Day Centre, were among the first participants in the virtual social and recreational programs.

With a strong focus on family caregivers, cognitive health and customized care, the Baycrest@Home team works with participants to identify the services that will make the biggest difference to them.

“It keeps her interested and happily occupied, interacting for one to two hours a day. They draw her out, and I can hear her speaking, replying, singing. Routine is very important to someone with cognitive issues, and the Baycrest@Home program helps provide this routine.”

-Family member of B@H participant who lives with Alzheimer’s disease


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