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2016 Minister's Medal Winners

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proud to showcase the winners of the 2016 Minister's Medal in both the Team and Individual Champion categories:

Team Recipient: Weaving a Mosaic of Support: Caregiver Respite in the Mississauga Halton LHIN

The Caregiver Respite Program offers five services that are available to support caregivers in taking care of personal needs while knowing a loved one’s care is in the best of hands. They include:

  • Emergency respite services when a caregiver is suddenly away from home for a few hours or days
  • Out-of-home respite (short stay) offers two short-stay beds where a person can stay for up to 14 days while the caregiver takes a break from their care giving responsibilities.
  • Adult day services offers the family member with an opportunity to get out of the house and to meet other adults who share similar interests
  • In-home respite service/ recharge makes it possible for a family memberto remain living intheir own home by providing skilled substitute care giving by trained staff
  • Caregiver counselling and education where caregivers can learn about available respite programs and respite staff are trained in a variety of caring skills including for those with dementia, Alzheimer’s, difficult behaviors, and customer service.

Weaving a Mosaic of Support: Caregiver Respite Program in the Mississauga Halton LHIN

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Individual Champion Recipient: Leah Bergstrome

Ms. Bergstrome is an Aboriginal Patient Navigator with the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program. She received the honour for her exceptional work in facilitating and co-ordinating access to not only cancer services, but to all the basic needs patients require such as food, shelter, education and health care services. Ms. Bergstrome’s exceptional work addresses the cultural and spiritual needs of patients and their families. She networks with North Simcoe Muskoka First Nation, Inuit, Métis communities and non-Aboriginal partners for the betterment of her patients. She leverages her skills to mentor other providers on how to provide culturally competent care.

Leah Bergstrome

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2016 Honour Roll Applicants

The following applications demonstrated outstanding performance across the Medal criteria. These applications made it to the final stages of the review process and are recognized as honour roll applicants:

Team-based Honour Roll:

Individual Honour Roll:

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