Community Services Coordination
Community services coordinators (CSC) can provide case management and are available to facilitate access to community resources and government programs and services.
The CSC can assist consumers in accessing community resources such as: ODSP, ADP, long-term care, power of attorney, wills, employment, etc. They identify goals/objectives, and develop individual plans and performance-based outcomes.
Services are offered to seniors who have a combined vision and hearing loss. Canadian Helen Keller Centre (CHKC) helps families, professionals and volunteers who assist seniors living in their own homes or supported living environments. There are strategies available to assist seniors with vision and hearing loss in their daily lives; the key is in identifying seniors who need help and providing the support necessary.
CHKC’s seniors services are available to seniors who are hard of hearing or deaf with low to no vision.
Rendez-Vous at Helen’s
Rendez-Vous at Helen’s is a bi-weekly get-together for individuals over the age of 55 who are deafblind. This group is peer-directed, where the participants decide the programming for the year and have the opportunity to present on topics that are important to them. In each get-together, there is a learning or activity component as well as an opportunity for socialization and peer-to-peer learning.
What do community services for consumers and seniors services do?
Functional assessment identify areas of struggle and safety issues within the home. This includes:
- Identifying and addressing safety issues that may be apparent to the individual who is deafblind
- Suggesting tools and skills to maintain independence
- Connecting with instructors of the training centre to offer one-on-one classes in safe travel, safe cooking, and life skills
- Low vision or assistive devices demonstrations can be provided
- Assistance with hearing aids and care
Provides case management
This includes accompanying seniors who are deafblind to any relevant doctors or specialist appointments. We will also connect with other agencies and services to provide the senior with a full spectrum of support across all applicable venues.
Presentations are available about deafblindness for nursing homes, long-term care homes, retirement residences, or other applicable agencies or organizations. These presentations cover:
- What is deafblindness?
- How to communicate with individuals who are deafblind
- How to maintain independence for people who are deafblind
- Team problem-solving for any issues that arise relating to the individual who is deafblind