Bridging the Gap

Bridging the Gap for Caregivers and Vulnerable Persons

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“A partnership to protect our most vulnerable” – MedicAlert

LiUNA Local 183 – 560 Dodge Street, Cobourg

Plan to attend this FREE session in Cobourg on Wednesday February 12, 2020 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm – Refreshments and Networking at 8:30 am, session begins at 9:00 am with lunch provided. Registration deadline is October 23, 2019.

MedicAlert is a nation-wide, charitable, organization whom the Ontario Provincial Police and other municipal police services have partnered with in order to “protect [Canada’s] most vulnerable” through the Connect Protect program. MedicAlert’s Connect Protect program enables Police, Fire, and EMS personnel to obtain vital information in a timely fashion about the people they are supporting by means of accessing a 24/7 emergency hotline. Information that can be accessed by these first responders includes a physical description of the registrant, an up-to-date photo, a wandering history—if applicable, known triggers, de-escalation tactics, medical information, any special needs/requirements, emergency contact information, physician contact information, and registrant contact information including date of birth, address, and phone number. By registering with the MedicAlert Connect Protect program, caregivers can ensure that first responders have access to information on how to best support their loved ones during their times of need.  

Session Highlights

Learn about various community services that support caregivers and the people they care for.

Maureen Pollard –MSW, RSW, to discuss caregiver burnout and caregiver resilience.

Stefanie Tan – Manager of Partnerships and External Training with MedicAlert to discuss what MedicAlert is, and how it can support caregivers, vulnerable persons, and first responders.

Community Supports — Information tables from community services within Northumberland.

On Wednesday, February 12, 2020, Safe Communities Northumberland will be hosting a Bridging the Gaps session entitled “Caring for the Caring”. At this session, caregivers and the people they care for will be able to learn of caregiver burnout, resilience, MedicAlert supports, and more. Attendees will further be provided with access to booths by various community supports throughout Northumberland County that may be of assistance to them through means of supporting the individuals they care for. Beginning by listening to subject matter experts, this Bridging the Gaps session will then be followed by a panel discussion to provide attendees an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists, will provide lunch and offer an opportunity for a networking session.”

To register go to Eventbrite or call Kristy at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1669