A planned drop-in centre for seniors at the Côte Saint Luc Aquatic and Community Centre is to receive $390,913 in funding over three years, federal social development minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Mount Royal MP Anthony Housefather have announced.
Cummings staff will administer the new centre with initial funding from the New Horizons for Seniors Program, which provides support for senior caregivers.
The project is expected to open by the end of this summer, Izabel Czuzoz-Shulman, who works in Housefather’s riding office, told The Senior Times. The centre will offer various forms of caregiver support, interactive workshops, and information sessions.
The drop-in centre will take up the roles formerly carried out at by the CLSC René-Cassin at its caregiver support and day centre, which was shut down last May following the re-organization of health and social services, known as Bill 10. Its closure was reportedly planned well before Bill 10 became law. At the time, about 40 local seniors were reported to be using the centre. Its caregiver and day programs were relocated to two other locations in the West Island, which made access difficult for seniors with limited mobility living in NDG, Côte Saint Luc, and Hampstead.
Housefather said in a statement that he became involved in this project while still Côte Saint Luc mayor and praised it for offering caregivers “needed respite in an ideal location.”
Called the Cummings Caregiver Support Centre project, it is designed to reduce isolation of senior caregivers by providing access to caregiver respite and program activities for care recipients.
The West Montreal Integrated Health and Social Services Centre, d’Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum and the Town of Hampstead were involved in developing the planned centre.