Established over 60 years ago, Bellwoods is a charitable, not-for-profit organization providing community-based, client directed support services for the physically disabled, client and family-centred care, independent living education programs, and accessible, affordable housing in the Toronto Central LHIN. Services are provided to individuals 16 years of age or older with physical support needs, seniors, as well as those at risk of homelessness. Bellwoods has been accredited by Accreditation Canada since 2007 and for two years 2013 and 2018, received the highest accreditation decision of “Accredited with Exemplary Standing.”
Bellwoods focuses on meeting community needs through partnership development to support health system priorities. Bellwoods provides personal support services to people living in the community and at eight housing sites in the City of Toronto. We also offer a range of Transition Programs that include a hospital to community reintegration program, in-home respite, attendant outreach, health education and care navigation to support clients ready to leave hospital following an illness or a debilitating injury. Our voluntary Board of Directors represent the communities we serve.
Most of our clients are physically disabled, dealing with more than one limiting health condition. Because of the nature of our services in an Independent Living model, some of the care provided by our very skilled PSW workforce would be performed by a nurse in other settings. The vast majority of our clients are on limited income – ODSP or Ontario Works. Without Bellwoods support for health services, and affordable, accessible housing, they would be forced to live in institutions. Many clients have limited social or family networks; a visit from a PSW maybe their only interaction with another person during the day. During a pandemic response, it is especially important for us to support them to self-isolate and maintain service levels for the most vulnerable of clients.
For more information about how to donate, please visit this link: https://bellwoodscentres.org/donate/
Anna Yip, Communications & Development Associate
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