The Oakville Awards for Business Excellence are pleased to announce that Acclaim Health will be the recipient of the Genworth Community Builder of the Year Award. The award will be presented at the 25th Annual Oakville Awards for Business Excellence, live on Facebook, on Monday, June 22nd.
Acclaim Health is a registered charity providing extraordinary community care and support in Halton Region for over 90 years. Their goal is to provide the care people need to live well at home for as long as possible. Last year they cared for over 25,000 clients in Halton, two thirds of whom were over the age of 65. Their team of over 500 staff members and over 650 volunteers is committed to high quality care, and this is reflected their 97% client satisfaction rate, their exemplary standing – the highest possible – with Accreditation Canada, and are accredited with the Imagine Canada Standards program.
For isolated older adults they offer Friendly Visiting, Tele-Touch (reassurance phone calls), the Home Support Exercise Program (to improve strength, endurance and balance) and their Companion program, which fills the gap between what volunteers can provide and what the health care system can offer in terms of practical assistance in the home and with errands.
Their dementia care services consist of day programs for adults with dementia or other needs, caregiver support and education, and a Memory Visiting program provided by volunteers for those in the early stages of the disease.
Their end of life care includes Hospice Care for those choosing to die at home, bereavement support for families, and palliative care consultation for medical professionals to improve their knowledge and skill in hospice palliative care.
Their team of nurses and personal support workers provide the medical and personal care people need to maintain their physical health, including being the sole provider of home palliative care in Halton Region.
They have exciting developments on the horizon. Acclaim Health is in the process of opening a new, state-of-the-art dementia care centre which will be the gold standard for dementia care in the province! It will feature eight short stay overnight respite beds (the only ones in Halton Region), an expanded Adult Day Program with people with dementia, an Adult Day Program for older adults, caregiver support for families and best practices in dementia friendly design. The centre is expected to open in early 2021.
The community has built Acclaim Health, and Acclaim Health has harnessed the compassion, kindness and commitment of its community supporters, its volunteers, its donors and local partners to bring innovative care and support to some of the most vulnerable amongst us. Their leadership at both the local and provincial levels is making community care more accessible and more integrated for families in Oakville.
Talk about building a community and bringing people together.