Supporting those with long term health care needs


Adult Day Away Programs:

The Adult Day Away Programs are flexible, community based programs for frail elderly, socially isolated and/or persons suffering from some form of age related dementia including Alzheimer’s.  These programs offer respite to caregivers and a safe, stimulating environment for participants. They also offer social and recreational activities in group settings for seniors and adults with physical disabilities (either living alone in the community or with a caregiver) that would benefit from a wellness oriented program which includes assessment and monitoring.  Benefits for participants include:

  • Companionship and peer support
  • Individualized program planning
  • Assistance with activities of daily living
  • The rapeutic social/recreational activities
  • Safe routines and environment

Programs are located in communities throughout the Districts of Parry Sound and Muskoka.

Respite Programs

(including Alzheimer Overnight and Caregiver Respite) are designed for clients who have age related dementia or to provide respite to primary caregivers who require support so they may be away from the home overnight. These services can be provided anywhere, including in-home. Examples of services could include homemaking, personal care, attendant care, monitoring, supervision, activation, etc.

Caregiver Support Program:

If you are a caregiver, stressed by caring for your loved one, need more information about how to cope, you may find our Caregiver programs helpful. Education, peer support, group and one-on-one support are available to help you maintain your well-being while caring for your loved one.

H. A. L. – Home At Last

HAL (Home at Last) is an Aging at Home initiative that enables a safe and smooth transition from hospital to home for frail at risk, elderly patients. These clients could be living alone, have an elderly caregiver, or family that is unavailable. HAL clients receive assistance with transportation, errands such as grocery or prescription pick-up, homemaking, and a complimentary ‘Meals on Wheels’ meal. These services are provided jointly by Simcoe County VON, Muskoka Seniors and The Friends.

The Respite Apartment Program:

The Friends have two respite apartments:
Forest Hill Apartments, Parry Sound, Unit #1: The apartment has two bedrooms and is fully accessible for wheelchairs and other mobility aids. It is equipped with appliances, furniture, bed linens, towels and cleaning supplies. A daily fee is charged for use of the Respite Unit. Also, there is a fully equipped unit in The Friends’ Gravenhurst office to support individuals who require short stay respites or transitional care. Please inquire as to fees/availability. Clients are required to bring their own:

  • Food
  • Personal
  • toiletries
  • Clothing
  • Medications
24 Hour Assisted Living

The 24 Hour Assisted Living program is for frail, elderly, high-risk seniors who require services to prevent long hospital stays, reduce unnecessary emergency room visits and/or avoid placement into Long Term Care prematurely. Seniors can reside safely at home and receive personal care, homemaking, meals, assistance with medications and safety checks on a scheduled and unscheduled basis, 24/7.

Outreach Program:

Personal support and homemaking services can be provided to the physically disabled through The Friends Outreach Program. Attendant Outreach services can be provided in an individual’s home, work place, educational institution and/or The Friends Respite Unit. These services include help with:

  • Personal grooming and hygiene
  • Bathing and washing
  • Dressing and undressing
  • Assistance with respiratory equipment
  • Toileting
  • Positioning/transferring
  • Communication
  • Meal preparation and eating
  • Exercise
  • Light housekeeping and shopping
Seniors’ Homemaking Program:

What do you need to remain safe in your home? The Seniors’ Homemaking Program provides light housekeeping, meal preparation, meds reminders, security checks, and some personal care. Programs are designed to meet the needs of seniors who are able to direct their own care and who wish to remain independent in their own home.

Volunteer/Lifeskills Program:

The Friends provides life skills support as well as volunteer engagement. Our volunteer program provides:

  • Orientation
  • Training
  • Comprehensive volunteer manual
  • Resources
  • Supervision
  • Matching volunteer skills/interests to client’s needs
  • Appreciation and recognition
Accessible Housing:

The Friends owns and operates accessible housing in Parry Sound and Muskoka providing 24-hour supports in these environments. If you need accessible housing that provides 24-hour supports, call and ask for an application.

Attendant Services:

The Friends provides life skills support as well as volunteer engagement. Our volunteer program provides:

  • Bathing and washing
  • Toileting
  • Bowel and bladder care
  • Rising from/retiring to bed
  • Dressing/undressing
  • Personal grooming
  • Mobility/transferring
  • Meal preparation/feeding
  • Laundry assistance
  • Light housekeeping
  • Assistance with grocery shopping
P.A.T.H.—Priority Assistance to Transition Home:

PATH is Parry Sound and East Parry Sounds’ answer to the Home At Last program in Muskoka, providing transportation, a trained PSW attendant to stay with you until you settle in, errands such as grocery or prescription pick-up, homemaking and possible meal preparation, services designed to make the transition home from the hospital, safe, smooth and comfortable. These services are provided together with Volunteer Transportation programs in the Parry Sound and East Parry Sound areas.

Post Stroke Program:

The Post Stroke Program based out of The Friends’ Parry Sound location is designed to help individuals who have had a stroke to get back to daily activities and live the fullest life possible. Your Stroke Community Navigator will work with you to build an individualized plan for recovery; connect you to agencies that can offer the specific help you need—physical therapy, exercise, Outreach Attendant Services, Cognitive Remediation, Supportive Housing or a Barrier Free Transitional Care unit, Peer support and access to educational group sessions developed by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and led by trained facilitators—your Stroke Community Navigator will even accompany clients to appointments and help find transportation solutions.