Task Force on Community Health and Mental Health Issues
The mandate of the task force would be to report to City Council on the following
1. mental health status of residents upon entering long-term care homes in London
2. implications for the quality of life in the years preceding their entry into
London long-term care homes
3. analysis of the manner in which current services are, and are capable of,
meeting the needs of London seniors prior to and during residence in long-term care
4. recommendations for action.
While these are provincial services, City Council and the Civic Administration
would like to have clarity relative to the issues so that it can more effectively
communicate with the province on service priorities.
The Administration at the Dearness Home has identified a concern about the number
of new residents arriving at the Home with significant mental health challenges.
Concern has been expressed relative to the quality of life of these individuals
in the years that preceded their entry into long-term care, the assumption being
that many have experienced a diminished quality of life.
Broader issues associated with the physical and mental health of London?s older
citizens have been identified as a priority in our community. In the fall of 2005,
the report ?Working Together to Support London?s Seniors - Community Action Plan?
identified it as on of five priorities for action. It is anticipated the work of
this task force will assist with the implementation of the Community Action Plan.
Goal of the Study
The goal of the study will be to examine the health service needs of a sample
of aging Londoners seeking admission to long term care and assess the adequacy of
community services in meeting these service needs. The University of Western
Ontario Faculty of Health Sciences has committed to undertake all areas of research
to support the work of the Task Force. The Task Force will receive regular
reports from Ms. Bedard and from the research team, generally, on a monthly basis.
In order to oversee the study, the City of London is forming a task force of
up to 12 members; eight (8) of whom would be citizen members and four (4) of whom
would be representatives of allied service sector agencies. Ms. Denise Bedard, Director
of Dearness Services and the Statutory Administrator for the Dearness Home will
serve as the Executive Lead for the City.
There will be periodic and regular reports to the
Community and Protective Services Committee (CPSC) with the Final Report to
be delivered to CPSC by November 26, 2009. The Final Report will provide City
Council with an authoritative report on the relative mental health status of aging
Londoners in the years preceding entry into long term care and the relative presence
of appropriate services. Included in this report will be recommendations for
Through local newspaper advertisements, the City of London website and postings
at local library branches, citizens are invited to apply for appointment to the
Task Force as a member-at-large. The Board of Control nominates the members
and the Municipal Council makes the appointments. The representatives from
the allied service sector will be nominated by the Task Force members-at-large to
the Board of Control which will forward its endorsement of the nominations to Municipal
The Chair and Vice-Chair are elected by the Task Force from among its Voting
Members shall be interested citizens with a detailed understanding of the current
long term care and community care environments.
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Persons interested in submitting an application for appointment may complete
and submit the
application form available on the City's website.
Monthly at the call of the Chair. The Task Force reports can be accessed
from Council & Committee Meeting
No remuneration is paid to the Task Force members.
Name: Denise Bedard
Phone: 519 661-2500 Ext. 8260
Fax: 519 661-0446