Rygiel Supports for Community Living Stays True to Its Principles to Allow People to Age in Place

When discussing what can be done to reform long-term care, it’s easy to focus on what we’re doing wrong. People who have a disability, many of them young, continue to be dumped in long-term care facilities ill-equipped to meet their needs. Our elders – with and without disabilities – are too often stripped of their autonomy and forced into crowded, potentially dangerous congregate settings. Yet the future of long-term care may be closer than we imagine: Innovative … Read More

Ontario’s Long-Term Care Tragedy

With a good circle of friends and supporters, some home and health care and a very committed local association, Gordon Ferguson, a long-time self-advocate and People First member was assured of his wish to stay at home during his final years of failing health. Douglas Cartan, one of his friends, remembers Gordon and talks about the need for life-long community … Read More

Community Living Ontario Releases Pre-Budget Recommendations

Our pre-budget document stresses the fact that people, families, and service organizations will require expanded supports over the next fifteen months, as we face new challenges including more contagious variants of COVID-19. Community Living Ontario is recommending the following: Continue the $3 per hour wage enhancement for workers in developmental services. Develop and implement a robust mental health strategy for … Read More

It’s Time to Shift Our Thinking on Long-Term Care

John Lord, an order of Canada recipient, is a researcher and author living in Waterloo. He is the author of several books, including “Pathways to Inclusion: Building a New Story with People and Communities.” He is a member of Seniors for Social Action Ontario.Dr. John Lord’s recent opinion piece in The Record is a clarion call to rethink elder care in this province. … Read More

It’s Time to Rethink Long-Term Care for Seniors

Aldred H. Neufeldt is Professor Emeritus of community health sciences at the University of Calgary and a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association. It took a rogue virus to make it obvious that 20 or 30 dependent seniors in one area within a long-term-care (LTC) facility isn’t the best idea in the world. This begs the question of what approaches Ontario’s … Read More

Time to Provide Funding and Real Choice in Long-term Care

For our first instalment of the Supporting Aging in Place Series, we’re sharing a piece from Patricia Spindel, Ph.D. and Judith Sandys, Ph.D., two long time Community Living advocates who highlight some of the systemic issues affecting long-term care. The parallel to the work that the community living movement has done over generations can clearly be seen. People need real … Read More

Robert’s Story

The Family Leadership Series helped Robert and his family navigate an uncertain time. Robert joined Community Living Ontario’s Family Leadership Series earlier this year. After his first weekend, where he heard from other families in similar situations, Robert felt relieved  “I am not alone. That relief helped me to get more energy and purpose to move forward.” Robert, his wife … Read More

Sam’s Story: Light Up the Future

Community Living Ontario’s Family Leadership Series provided the support Sandra and Gary needed to support their son in a new way. For many students across Ontario, a new world filled with opportunities and interests opens up when they attend college or university. The learning, collaboration, and social interactions with peers are all critical as a young person transitions into adulthood. … Read More