Alzheimer Society expands collaboration with Health Team

The Hanover Family Health Team (FHT) and the Alzheimer Society of Grey-Bruce are excited to announce an extension of their on-going collaboration.

L-R: Jennifer Coffey-Alzheimer Society First Link Counselor, Cindy Zettler -Alzheimer Society First Link Counselor, David Ford – Hanover Family Health Team Executive Director, Maureen Zettler – Health Educator – Hanover Family Health Team

Starting today, April 5th, The Alzheimer Society will expand this collaboration by embedding a staff member within the Hanover Family Health Team (FHT) every Friday.

For the past eight years, the Hanover FHT and the the Alzheimer Society have had a close affiliation, working together during Memory Clinics to support individuals with Dementia and their Care Partner(s).

“Having a Counselor on site in Hanover will allow us to further support the people in Southern Bruce and Grey Counties. We know that transportation can be an issue for many people, and this allows great continuity of care from the Memory Clinic to our on-going supports and services that can be provided by a First Link Support Counselor” said Alzheimer Society Executive Director Stephen Musehl.

“This is a great collaboration with the Hanover FHT that puts the client first, to ensure we can help individuals with Dementia and their Care Partner(s) live well with Dementia and stay active and involved in their communities,” added Musehl.  “I want to thank Dave Ford and the team at the Hanover FHT for their continued support and passion to support the people of Hanover and surrounding area.”

Dave Ford agrees.  ”Our long-standing relationship with the Alzheimer Society has further enhanced the expert care which is provided within our Memory Clinics. This initiative is an extension of this valued association as we continue to strive for the best possible care for the patients that we serve. This is also another example of health-care organizations working together to provide better access to care, closer to home while providing seamless navigation and transition to these supports.”

Cindy Zettler, the Hanover and area First Link Counselor thinks it is a great opportunity for people who want to connect face-to-face, but could not make the trip to Owen Sound. “It is great to have a consistent space where people can come to meet. Our research has shown just a few connections a year with the Alzheimer Society First Link programs can help people live longer in their homes and communities.”

For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact the Alzheimer Society at 519-376-7230.