Capacity Assessments/Powers of Attorney/Legal Help/Response to Elder Abuse

  1. Ministry of the Attorney General    Includes information about powers of attorney, role of the public guardian and trustee and information about capacity assessors: . Look for the link to the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee where they answer many questions about capacity assessments, powers of attorney and the protection of mentally incapable people

2. Advocacy Centre for the Elderly: This is a community based legal clinic for low income senior citizens. They have an excellent website with educational information about all aspects of the law and older adults. This is a highly valuable legal site and service.

3.   Senior Safety Line  – The hotline is a toll-free, confidential resource for seniors who are worried they are suffering from abuse or pressure from another 1-866-299-1011 Emergencies: Call 9-1-1    The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse

Regulating Colleges

  • College of Nurses of Ontario: cno
  • College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers: ocswssw

Independent Practitioners/Counselling Agencies who I can recommend:

1. Family Counselling & Support Services  They provide affordable counselling and support services to the citizens of Guelph-Wellington. or call 519-824-2431 or 1-800-307-7078

3. Jean Brown BA SC., M.Sc. Individual, Couple and Family Therapist  Jean is a very experienced, compassionate individual and couple therapist. You are always safe in her care. 519-837-0570

4. Elisabeth Schramm MSW,RSW Compassionate and experienced individual and couple therapy 519-994-7780


Organizations That Educate and Support

1. Alzheimer Society of Guelph Wellington: Excellent supports for people living with dementia and the people caring for them. The Society is the first step for people newly diagnosed with dementia. They offer education and support for people with mild cognitive impairment (poor memory with no other signs of dementia). They  are available for individuals and families throughout the dementia journey. In Guelph, call 519-836-7672. Alzheimer Society

2. Anxiety Disorders Association CanadaAnxiety Canada

3. Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo Wellington & Dufferin – 519-821-2060:  They are committed to helping individuals and families facing mental illness. They have  the Specialized Geriatric Services (nurses, psychiatrists, geriatricians and specialized workers) to meet the physical and emotional needs of older adults (depression, anxiety, chronic pain, memory loss and social isolation)

4. Hospice Wellington: There is no charge for their services. Grief and bereavement services are offered by  trained and compassionate volunteers. Grief and Caregiver Support groups are also offered.

5. Guelph Wellington Seniors Association  – Community Support Services –   This is a core of trained and caring seniors volunteers who provide the following services:  Peer Advocate Support, Feeling Better/Eat Well,  Feeling Better/Move Well, Seniors Offering Support and Outreach.  or call 519-837-5696

6. St. Joseph’s Health Centre – An invaluable service to local seniors – St. Joseph’s provides medical clinics, community outreach services (a day program for frail elderly, the Alzheimer’s Day program, the Acquired brain Injury program, and Elder Abuse intervention and prevention. or call 519-824-600

Capturing Your History in Art, Video and Spoken Word

We have a unique opportunity to preserve, not only our words, but our voice and mannerisms. I recommend you consider the following possibilities:

  1. JMH Productions – John Hudecki brings years of television production experience, to create for you,  a video legacy for your children and grandchildren. He is a talented interviewer who can create the questions to help guide you to the final product. John will travel to where you live, and  work, one to one, to capture your stories and your values. Imagine capturing your words, and mannerisms  on video for a great-great grandchild to connect to. Call John to find out more  416-536-2284

2. Artist and illustrator, Pat Dumas-Hudecki. Captures memories, images, and maybe your own beautiful face in a commissioned piece of art. Look at or call her studio in Toronto 647-272-7555

3. Sound Portraits – For a one-hour professionally produced, recorded conversation, mixed with your favourite music that captures your memories, stories, wisdom and insights. A real keepsake for your family:  soundportraits