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Better Living Health and Community Services has been delivering programs and services to support individuals to maintain their independence while enhancing their social wellbeing, and optimizing their overall health and wellness since 1976. Our compassionate and dedicated staff and volunteers are committed to meeting the needs of our clients and their families. The following services listed below are available to help you remain living independently.

Affordable Housing

Located at 5 Deauville Lane in the Flemingdon Park neighbourhood. Deauville Place provides 62 affordable housing units (14 barrier free) for seniors and adults with disabilities. Better Living Health and Community Services is the lead community service agency providing case management and reviewing tenant applications for Mahogany Management. Better Living provides a comprehensive calendar of health and wellness activities to tenants living at 5 Deauville Lane. A Better Living Case Manager is onsite 2 days a week to help residents access existing community programs and resources including Meals on Wheels, grocery delivery services, indoor home maintenance, transportation, volunteer companionship, security check, home care and more.

Adult Day Program

The Adult Day Program provides a safe and stimulating, fully accessible environment within the Better Living Community Centre, for adults with disabilities and seniors who are frail, isolated, or managing the cognitive challenges of Alzheimer's, Dementia, Parkinson's or Stroke. The Adult Day Program also plays a critical role in providing respite for Caregivers who are supporting their loved ones at home. The Adult Day Program is available Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Clients may choose to attend for full or half days, up to six days a week. Additional 'flexible' support hours are available to those who regularly attend the program. Clients participate daily in mentally and physically stimulating activities geared to their individual needs. Additional programming and community outings are planned, monthly, in collaboration with the Clients attending the program, and are designed to meet a wide variety of social, physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual needs and personal interests. The program area features secure entry and exit points, a dining area with a full industrial kitchen, two large programming areas, and a staff office.  Clients attending the program are provided with a hot meal at lunch and two snacks. Meals are either catered or prepared fresh in house, meeting any special dietary needs. Personal Support is available to those who require assistance with toileting. Our staff can also provide reminders to Clients who take medication during the day. As the program is not staffed by medical professionals there are specific limitations to the delivery of personal care within the Adult Day Program. Given the unique and often complex needs of individuals requiring the support of the Adult Day Program, each Client receiving service will be assigned a Case Manager at the point of intake. The Case Manager will work with the family as a single point of contact for transition into the program and will also provide additional support with service coordination and/or identifying additional needs that may be served through other community services. The convenience of our Transportation service is available to those residing in the organization's catchment area and attending the Adult Day Program. Transportation is provided at a reduced fee and a volunteer escort accompanies Clients on all rides to ensure safety. For more information about the programs, please check the ADP January newsletter.

Caregiver Support

Caregivers play an important role in helping seniors age with independence and dignity. Our Caregiver Support services are designed to keep Caregivers healthy, socially connected, and functioning well in their daily lives. Caregiver Support services are available to adults who are grieving the loss of a loved one or who are currently providing care to someone who is at end of life, frail, or is dealing with a long term illness. In order to address the spectrum of Caregiver needs we provide Professional Counseling, Peer Support, Caregiver Education and a variety of Support Groups geared to the unique needs of the Caregiver. Caregiver Support services are provided at no cost to the participants, with the exception of Professional Counseling services which can be provided on a sliding scale.

Companionship

This service is available to individuals living in the community who would like to connect socially with a dedicated volunteer. Volunteers reach out in person, over the telephone, or via email, based on the Client's preference. Volunteers can engage in a number of different activities including: going for a walk, playing games, reading or simply chatting. This service is offered free of charge!

About the Centre

Better Living Health and Community Services operates a multi-purpose community Centre for those 40+, located at 1 Overland Drive, opened from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and Saturdays from 9:00a.m 2:00p.m. We offer a wide variety of activities to suit all different types of interests. Over 100 programs are offered per season that include fitness classes, travel opportunities, recreation and leisure activities, arts and culture programs, life-long learning courses, computer classes, workshops, social programs and special events. Our seasonal quarterly Program Guide has detailed information about the wide variety of programs, services and activities offered. Come and see what all the hype is about! Join the Centre today and experience how a Better Living Membership offers a wide variety of benefits, incentives, companionships, and programs all under one roof! For just $30.00 per year, our Members reap the benefits of saving 40% off all activities, programs, and special events, along with receiving exclusive offers, giveaways and discounts! General Centre Facts Address: 1 Overland Drive Toronto, ON M3C 2C3 Population Served: Adults 40+ Fee: $30.00 / per year. Parking Pass (Optional): $20.00 / per year Memberships may be purchased at any point in the year and are valid from every September 1st and expire August 31st. Membership fees are not pro-rated and are non-refundable. If you are interested in becoming a member, please complete the Better Living Membership Form and visit our Centre today!

Fitness & Falls Prevention Classes

On August 1, 2013, the Ministry of Health changed the structure of physiotherapy programs for seniors in Ontario. As part of this change, the Ministry introduced FREE programs for seniors related to physical activity and physiotherapy. Better Living Health and Community Services was selected by the Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to provide more than 200 fitness and falls prevention programs on an annual basis at more than 50 sites across North York... and the Better Living Centre is one of them! The Better Living Centre offers FREE specialized Fitness classes for those 65+ that run ongoing and indefinitely. These classes have been developed to help individuals cope with potential falls and include a combination of strength and balance exercises that will help increase general mobility, endurance and balance.  The wide variety of Classes are divided into the following categories: LOW-Intensity Suggested for individuals who are new to structured classes/fitness, use an assistive device and/or prefer to follow a beginners pace. MEDIUM Intensity Suggested for individuals who have some fitness experience , are able to lift at minimum 2 pound weights, stand without the assistance of a device/chair and participate in standing exercises. INTERMEDIATE Intensity Suggested for avid fitness participants who are comfortable with impact cardio and core strengthening exercises. FREE Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes FAQs Who Can attend these FREE classes?  Anyone over the age of 65 can attend and participate for FREE. If you are under 65 years of age, a minimal pre-paid class fee of $2.50 and a $30 membership fee per year will be applicable Can I start the program immediately? No. All participants must complete a brief telephone assessment by the CCAC prior to starting the program. Please phone (416) 222-2241 ext. 6444 to enroll/register for the group exercise program at Better Living Centre. Once we receive your information through our Help Desk, we will process your registration AND you will need to bring your OHIP card and complete a registration form prior to starting your first class. Is advance registration required? If you have already completed your CCAC assessment and Better Living registration form, there is no advanced class registration required - you can just show up! We encourage you to attend as often and as many different classes as you can, however, if numbers increase beyond the room capacity a waitlist may need to be generated. How many classes can I attend per week?  As a requirement for this funding we ask that all participants try their best to attend a minimum of two classes per week. The classes can be mixed and matched. (E.g. Stretch and Strengthen on Monday and Zumba Toning on Thursday.) How long does each program Run?  All Free classes are ongoing indefinitely unless you are informed otherwise by your instructor. There is NO end date.

Meals & Grocery Delivery

Our Meals and Grocery Delivery services are in place to assist individuals in achieving an optimal level of nutritional health. By providing a major meal of the day or assisting with the delivery of grocery items to the home, we ensure that Clients have access to nutritious food and can continue to benefit from the quality of life that a balanced diet provides. Through our meals options, we can accommodate a variety of special dietary requirements. Individuals accessing meal services can also order Milk as part of their meal delivery.

Transportation Services

We offer a cost effective, easily accessible, and convenient community based transportation service for those who are unable to drive or have difficulty accessing public transportation. Clients accessing our Medical Rides, Social Rides or Group Rides receive curb to curb service and benefit from improved access to medical and social activities. Catchment Area: Better Living Health and Community Services provides services within the boundaries of Sheppard Avenue to the north, Yonge Street to the west, Victoria Park Avenue to the east and Eglinton Avenue East and the old North York boundaries to the south (including Flemingdon Park). However, please note our Transportation services, In-Home services and Adult Day Program may serve clients outside this geographic area. Eligibility: All services funded by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care are available to seniors over the age of 55, adults living with disabilities, chronically ill or convalescing individuals.

Hospice Services

Hospice Services supports Clients at the end stages of life and their Caregivers. Our team provides practical, physical and emotional support to maintain comfort and quality of life for the Client as a complement to professional medical care. Our services also provide essential support and respite to a Caregiver supporting a loved one at home. We are sensitive to personal, cultural and religious beliefs and practices and work in collaboration with our Clients to coordinate and deliver individualized care. Through Hospice Services and with the support of a member of our team, Clients can access: Hospice Case Management services, Complementary Therapy, and Visiting Volunteer support. All FREE of charge.