From the launch of Active Lives Canada respite program, the ultimate goal has been to provide residential respite. Since Covid 19, nearly every service provider in our sector has reported having serious backlogs and waiting lists of families desperate for away from home respite services. While Active Lives Canada does have interest slowly building for our in-home and community based respite program, after communicating with several different service providers it is evident that a more financially successful avenue to explore would be a residential respite home, providing overnight away from home services.
New Respite Home
Opening April 11th
Our respite program is designed to provide the best possible care for your child and allow them to thrive in our residential environment. Respite care helps family caregivers restore balance in their lives. It allows caregivers to take the time to recover from the stresses of caregiving and gives them the flexibility to take care of other important aspects of their lives. Respite care is a necessary tool to support a caregiver's success. A residential home offers a short-term change in living arrangements and social contact. Residents typically stay in the home for one week to two months. After that, they return to their own homes.
Active Lives Canada
Enriching Lives Of Adults Beyond Disability
Active Lives Canada is a not-for-profit organization that provides adults 18 & older living with special needs access to a broad range of services in Ontario -Canada.
Our Clinic provides a wide variety of physicians and therapists that focus on the special needs community. Our clinical team collaborate with each other to provide exceptional diagnostics and therapeutic outcomes.
Our Active Lives Day Program teaches people with exceptionality's skill sets related to life, job readiness, self help and leisure.
Our Active Lives Day Respite program provides opportunities for care givers to have personal time. While you enjoy your break, your loved one will have the opportunity to socialize with peers while participating in a diversified set of activities.
There are many organizations designed to assist adults with a variety of special needs however they are lacking a multidisciplinary team approach that not only creates treatment plans but also has clinicians and therapists to follow through with those plans. Active Lives will provide a place where therapies combined with continuing education and recreational skills can be carried out.
Active Lives believes that adulthood should be the beginning not the end of growth!
March 2022 (clinician forum over zoom) - introducing clinicians to the Active Lives Organization
April 2, 2022 Light it Up Blue (Mono mills electronic marquis will support Active lives and Autism Awareness Day. Mono Plaza spot lighted Blue by using projectors and other lights for Autism Awareness Month)
April 2022 (physical zoom open house of the Horizon space) -Vision of spaces from clinicians
May 2022 Active Lives Online Parent Forum (parents from all over Ontario will login to a zoom platform to learn about Active lives and hear from our guest speaker)
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We Are Here To Listen
Are you having trouble finding a doctor, speech pathologist, behaviorist, clinician to support your adult with special needs? Are you having trouble finding respite, leisure activities and/or post secondary educational day programs for your adult family member? Active Lives is a “one stop shop” for all your needs, offering medical, therapeutic and a variety of group setting services.
Looking To Make A Difference?
Are you a clinician tired of working on your own? Do you dream of a day where you can work with a multi facetted team to provide the best care for your clientele? Do you want to work with developmental GPs, psychiatrist, phlebotomist, physiotherapist, neurologist, speech pathologist, occupational therapist (OT) and more? If you answered yes to these questions, Active Lives is the place for you!
Active Lives Focuses on:
Our organisation believes the key to any clinician team is a strong developmental general practitioner. A developmental general paediatrician is able to help with implementation of medication, help oversee behavioural approaches and oversee the general health of its client. At Active Lives Canada we are proud to have the top developmental paediatricians in Ontario as a part of our clinical team.
Psychiatry & Psychology
Active Lives Canada knows that each client is unique. What works for one person does not work for everyone. Our psychiatrist and psychologist help come up with a plan tailored to you or your adult. To be successful, they possess the skills and comfort level to work and lead a team that includes the patient, their families and other health professionals.
Physio & Occupational Therapy
One of the critical pieces missed in adult clinician is physiotherapy and occupational therapy. People believe once you turn 18 years of age Physio and occupational therapy has no purpose. Our organisation knows this statement not to be true. A lot of independent skills in adulthood and successes come from having a physiotherapist and occupational therapist on your team. Occupational therapists and physiotherapists are able to support gross motor, fine motor and help your physical well-being.
Understanding behaviours and modifying behaviours is an important part of any integrative team. At Active Lives Canada we know that behavioural therapy does not end at age 5, it’s just the beginning. Using behavioural therapists to come up with behavioural plans and programs Active lives is able to treat it's patients as the individualised person they are. Our behaviourists work diligently with our other clinicians to create the best possible outcome.
Adults living with autism and other neurological disorders are prone to seizures and other neurological medical issues. In Canada it is hard to find a neurologist, especially a neurologist that understands adults with special needs. We are proud to have a neurologist on staff that understands the complexity of someone who has a special needs diagnosis. Our neurology team works with our developmental general practitioners to create the best possible care for their clients.
Active Lives sees speech growing and expanding with its client. As we turn into adulthood so does our language. Whether you communicate with augmentative communication, pec’s communication or verbal communication our dialogue and word structure changes. Our speech pathologist works with the family in order to create new language and words with our clients. Each word is important and our speech pathologist works towards understanding your inner voice.
It is human nature to want to feel a sense of purpose. Our organisation understands that need and has put together a job coaching program unlike any other. Teaming up with a coffee organisation, Active lives is going to be the first ever on-site job training facility for adults with exceptionalities. We will be selling products to the general public and working on job skills that will allow our participants to grow their skill set into other fields. We believe everybody is capable with the right teachers.
The Active Lives Day Program has been operating for over six years. We provide continuing education, leisure activities, self-help skills and more. Just because school ends doesn’t mean learning, self growth and independence ends with it. Our leisure program uses a gymnasium and outdoor fields to provide teamwork skills, independent skills and continuous growth. Our gymnasium is equipped with two basketball nets and our outdoor facility is over 93 acres long. Respite is an important part of a family’s lifestyle. Respite is not only for caregivers or parents it is also for the participant. Giving them a new place to grow and experience Independence.