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Transitional Independent Living Programs

Independent Living Programs maximize independence and quality of life and cover areas related to an individual’s well-being, such as home safety, communication skills, mobility and seating, and health and wellness. Program co-ordination support is provided by working with clients to support life-skills related to goals and to co-ordinate access to relevant resources in the system.

Mobile Independent Living Education (MILE) Program

mileThe MILE Program is a community based education program for clients 16 years of age and older with a permanent physical disability. The program focuses on home and community skills development to maximize safety and independent living in the community through the provision of education and support for identified, time limited objectives. Facilitators and Independent Living Educators (ILEs) assist clients to achieve optimal safety and independence in their home through skill development and community linkage. Assessment and skill development is provided with focus on the following areas:

  • home safety
  • accessibility
  • community orientation
  • mobility and seating
  • self-care skills
  • household management skills
  • communication skills
  • health and wellness
  • housing, funding and linkage to community resources
  • transition from hospital or Long Term Care Home (LTCH) to a community destination

MILE services are based on identified objectives and are time limited.
Individuals interested in the MILE Program are encouraged to call (416) 530-1448 to discuss the program.

Application Process

Application process for the MILE Program includes the following:

  1. Interested individuals, in collaboration with their care providers if available, need to complete an Attendant Service Application Centre (ASAC) application. This is sent directly to the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto (CILT) who will process this application and send a copy to Bellwoods.
  2. Once the ASAC application is received, a Bellwoods Facilitator (trained Occupational Therapist) will complete an initial assessment with the applicant in their home or another chosen location (referral source staff and family can also attend). This assessment takes approximately 1.5 hours and involves completion of the InterRAI-Community Health Assessment and Functional Supplement.
  3. Once an applicant’s eligibility for and interest in the MILE Program is confirmed, the applicant will complete a MILE Service Agreement and begin to receive service.

The ASAC application is not required to start the MILE assessment process. A BCCL Preliminary Referral Form for MILE Program can be completed and sent directly to Bellwoods. This enables the Bellwoods Facilitator (trained Occupational Therapist) to complete the initial assessment and determine if the applicant is interested in and eligible for the program. However, in order to receive service, the PIC application must be completed.

Frequently Asked Questions

What services are provided by Bellwoods Facilitators who are trained in occupational therapy and Independent Living Educators (ILEs)?
Facilitators (trained Occupational Therapists) focus on issues related to community safety and independence, and act as a liaison with external medical professionals to ensure that the client achieves maximum level of functioning.

 

Independent Living Educators (ILEs) are service providers with expertise in housing. funding, resource linkage and community living skills development.

Is there a waiting list for MILE Program?
The waiting list fluctuates based on current vacancy and availability of MILE team staff. Please contact us for information about current vacancy.
Are there costs associated with MILE Program?
Service is time limited and maximum length of time depends on identified service objective(s).
Does the MILE Program have a geographic boundary for service provision?
Clients must reside within the City of Toronto to be eligible for service.
How frequently will I be seen by the MILE Facilitator (trained Occupational Therapist) and/or Independent Living Educator (ILE)?
Frequency of in-person visits depends on identified objectives.
Where do the MILE in-person visits take place?
The Facilitator (trained Occupational Therapist) and Independent Living Educator (ILE) will meet with clients in their homes or other community locations depending on the identified objectives being addressed within the program.
Are medical services provided by Bellwoods?
Bellwoods does not provide medical services.  All medical services are obtained by the client and /or their family through external sources such as their family physician, Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) and outpatient clinics.

Community Connect (CC) Program 

p1050963The Community Connect (CC) Program is a short term supportive housing program located at Bellwoods Park House that facilitates the transition of individuals that are designated as Alternate Level of Care (ALC) or at risk of becoming ALC from hospitals, or Long Term Care Homes (LTCHs), to an independent living environment. Through safe-living education and 24/7 access to prescheduled personal support services, the program offers clients an opportunity to learn to live safely in an accessible home environment. The CC Program is available for up to 6 months.

Clients must require assistance with their personal care needs and be able to be left alone in their private apartment. They also need to direct their own personal support services.

Facilitators (trained Occupational Therapist) and Independent Living Educators (ILEs) assist clients to achieve optimal safety and independence in their home through skill development and community linkage. Assessment and skill development focus on the following areas:

  • home safety
  • accessibility
  • community orientation
  • mobility and seating
  • self-care skills
  • household management skills
  • communication skills
  • health and wellness
  • housing, funding and linkage to community resources
  • transition from hospital or Long Term Care Home (LTCH) to a community destination

Training in activities of daily living is provided by Facilitators (trained in Occupational Therapists) and Independent Living Educators (ILEs). Upon discharge, Mobile Independent Living Education (MILE) Program is available to assist with community transition and follow up.

Individuals interested in the Community Connect (CC) Program are encouraged to call (416) 530-1448 or e-mail: hjamieson at bcclsp dot org to discuss program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What services are provided by Bellwoods Facilitators who are trained in occupational therapy and Independent Living Educators (ILEs)?
Facilitators (trained Occupational Therapists) focus on issues related to community safety and independence, and act as a liaison with external medical professionals to ensure that the client achieves maximum level of functioning.

Independent Living Educators (ILEs) are service providers with expertise in housing. funding, resource linkage and community living skills development.

Is there a waiting list for Community Connect (CC) Program?
Due to the transitional nature of the program, current vacancies and eligible applicants constantly change.  Program offers are based on a number of variables including service requirements of applicants and program requested. Please contact us for current vacancy.
Do applicants have to reside in a hospital or Long Term Care Home (LTCH) within Greater Toronto Area to be eligible for program?
Applicants can reside in a hospital or Long Term Care Home (LTCH) outside of Toronto but must be able to travel to Bellwoods Park House to participate in assessment process.
Can I leave the program early?
Clients can leave the Community Connect (CC) Program at any time.  When leaving before the end of the tenancy agreement, the client is required to give a 2 month notice of vacancy as per the Rental Tenancies Act.
What types of apartments are available?
Seventeen bachelor and one-bedroom apartments accommodate clients. There are no 2 bedroom apartments.  Provision of a bachelor or one-bedroom apartment is based on availability at time of admission.
What equipment and supplies are required to move into a Bellwoods Community Connect (CC) Program?
Clients are responsible for providing the following equipment and supplies:

  • Medication (prescription and non-prescription) and medication list.
  • Therapeutic equipment including:
    • mobility devices – wheelchair; rollator
    • bathroom equipment – commode chair; bath seat/bench; raised toilet seat
  • Bowel and bladder supplies including:
    • Catheter supplies
    • Briefs and pads
  • Groceries
  • Household cleaning items including:
    • dish detergent, dish cloths and tea towels
    • laundry supplies – detergent, softener, stain remover and basket
    • cleaning supplies – all-purpose cleaner
  • Personal grooming items including:
    • soap
    • deodorant
    • hair products – shampoo, conditioner, comb/brush
    • toothpaste and brush
  • Clothing
  • Operational phone and list of important numbers
  • Personal Identification and information including:
    • OHIP card
    • Hospital cards
    • Bank cards
    • Wheel Trans Number
Are medical services provided by Bellwoods?
Bellwoods does not provide medical services.  All medical services are obtained by the client and /or their family through external sources such as their family physician, Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) and outpatient clinics.
Are there costs associated with Bellwoods Community Connect (CC) Program?
Clients are responsible for the rental cost of the apartment, provision of phone (landline or cell), cable and internet connection in apartment, if required, and all other costs associated with living in a private apartment. Rent subsidies are available for eligible clients. There is no cost for personal support services provided by Bellwoods’ personal support service workers. There is no cost to Bellwoods programs.

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The Impact Bellwoods Makes

“I have worked at Bellwoods for the past four years and have witnessed first-hand the positive growth that has taken place within the MILE and Community Connect programs during this time... A primary objective for both of these programs is to assist clients with their transition from hospitals or long term care facilities to the community which is very relevant given the current health care environment.”

Andrea Ripley
MILE Program Facilitator