A young single mother with three children recently separated and not yet eligible for a maintenance allowance. She just moved with her 5- and 6-year old sons and her 9-month old baby. It was decided that the two young boys could benefit from a sport activity. A family aunt agreed to pay for a few weeks at a day camp and the Foundation paid for their football registration.
A 27-year old client with mental deficit can no longer attend school but needs stimulation and contact. Her 63-year old mother is alone and has access to limited funds. She was able to pay a portion of the fees for the camp at the WIAIH (West Island Association for Intellectually Handicapped) and the Foundation paid the difference.
A client who cares for a teenager must bring him to the CLSC for his appointments. She already receives social welfare and is registered with a food bank. She however does not have sufficient money left over to pay for the bus pass. The Foundation has agreed to pay for a one-month pass.
A 13-year old boy with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has no friends and finds himself increasingly isolated and withdrawn . His parents were able to pay half the registration fees to send him to camp Khaos. The Foundation covered the remaining two weeks.
A recently separated 31-year old client with epilepsy and severe depression continues to work (minimum wages) but has lost 22 pounds over a 2-month period and finds himself at risk of losing his job. The Foundation gave him procurement cards to buy food in a supermarket
A request was made for help in accompanying a 9-year old boy with intellectual disability to the Pierrefonds day camp. The family, with 3 children, could pay for the camp but the 9-year old could not function without the help of an accompanying adult. The Foundation paid for one week thus enabling the young boy to join the camp.
This client suffered from major depression, anxiety, panic attacks and morbid obesity, her mobility was limited and she could only move with the help of a walker. She was also unable to take a shower without assistance. She asked for a non-slip bath mat and a small stool for her shower. This seems very little but her disability insurance did not cover these small items. The Foundation managed to provide her with these items, just in time for Christmas.
This client with morbid obesity needed compression stockings. Since Employment Quebec only covered a portion of the cost, he needed to pay the remainder. The Foundation provided help in making this small payment.
An 11-year old girl with facial deformity must be fed through a tracheostomy. She needs constant supervision and cannot take part in normal group activities. In order to provide for her needs on an ongoing basis, her parents must work on different shifts and on different days. Her parents wanted to register her for a specially tailored integrated dance activity and the Foundation provided them with the needed financial support.
This 59-year old man with paranoid schizophrenia lives on welfare services. He is temporarily without benefits due to an administrative error and presently unable to cover the cost of his antipsychotic medication. Since he presents with a high risk of behavioral disorder, the Foundation has committed to paying his medication for a 4-month period.
An autistic child presenting with serious behavioral disorder needs uninterrupted oversight both at school and at home for his own protection and that of other children. In order to provide him with a healthy activity as well as provide his family with well needed relief, the Foundation paid for Aqua-gym program instead of a summer camp.
This client was a victim of spousal abuse and was relocated to a shelter with her children. Once ready to live in an apartment, she had no furniture. The Foundation helped her locate second-hand furniture and appliances in order to give her a boost toward rebuilding her life.
What the Foundation has accomplished
Chemotherapy Treatment Project
The government has devolved certain health related activities from the hospitals to the CLSC’s. One of these is the delivery of chemotherapy treatments that take generally from 2 to 4 hours.
Several reasons are behind this move:
- It is less costly to deliver this service at the CLSC
- It is easier and less taxing on the patient to receive these treatments locally
- The patient can be served at the appointed time rather than long waits at the hospital
- The hospitals can concentrate on acute care patients
Each CLSC, Lac-Saint-Louis and Pierrefonds, has a dedicated room equipped with a specially designed chair and the ancillary equipment.
In our discussions with the Chef de Programme it was evident that the CLSC’s could serve a greater number of patients and have clients enter the treatment program earlier if they each expanded their facility. We toured both facilities and saw that the addition of another special chair in each room along with the installation of a privacy curtain would double the number of West Islanders that could benefit from a local treatment centre.
The CLSC Foundation, unlike the hospital foundations, has focused on the patient needs rather that on equipment for the facility itself. In this case we felt that we were still fulfilling our defined role because even though it involved an equipment purchase it was going to be of direct benefit to the patients at risk. Needless to say we only accepted this project because budgets would not permit the CLSC’s to make the purchase. It also had to be demonstrated that this would not increase the number of employees required to deliver the addition treatments.
TOTAL COST: $3,050
2016 Supported Funding Requests
Help we have provided for families in financial difficulty
- Orthotics for adolescent with severe foot pain and who was unable to attend school regularly.
- Day camp for 3 young children during school break. Single mother could not miss work.
- Anger management program at AMCAL for 14 y.o. boy with a history of of abuse and neglect.
- IT Summer camp at YMCA for 13 y.o. boy with autism.
- Camp Massawippi /McKay for 2 children with severe behaviour problems.
- Special chair for patient with Parkinson to prevent falls and severe pain due to spinal stenosis.
- Emergency help for victim of conjugal violence : subsidy for temporary private shelter pending admission in regular shelter.
- Improvements to chemotherapy rooms at CLSC Pierrefonds and Lac-Saint-Louis
In the past year, the foundation replied to requests that can be grouped into four main categories. In the category of home care services, palliative care and short term or chronic nursing care, the foundation extended help to 40 individuals. In the category of mental health for adults, the foundation provided support to 14 clients. In the category of intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder, the foundation responded to 33 requests. And finally, more than 50 families received our financial assistance under the fourth category of young people in difficulty or with mental health issues as well as the category of perinatal and neonatal services, SIPPE (Services intégrés de périnatalité et petite enfance, 0 to 5 years of age).