Dementia in Brantford, Brant and Norfolk
In 2019 it was estimated that 3,741 people in Brantford/Brant live with dementia, cared for by 6,000 individuals whose own well-being is impacted by demands of their role as a caregiver.
The OHT is working to connect providers from various organizations in order to improve quality of care, enhance caregiver access to coping tools and respite, and decrease the need for repeat emergency visits.
Ontario MPP's visit the Brantford General Hospital Emergency Department to learn more about the DREAM team
The Dream Team
In 2021 a pilot project was developed to provide individuals presenting in the Brantford General Hospital Emergency Department for non-acute reasons with information, support and caregiver resiliency education with a goal to divert hospital admissions and prevent future return visits. The Dementia, Resource, Education, Advocacy, Mentorship (DREAM) team has been immensely successful in diverting patients to alternative care and has received attention from across the province, with a visit from several MPPs!
In January 2023 the program was expanded to include Norfolk General Hospital three days per week and has already seen great success with a diversion rate of 40% in their first quarter of operation.
Dementia Awareness Campaign
The Brantford, Brant, Norfolk Ontario Health Team (BBNOHT), in partnership with the Alzheimer Society and the Grand River Council on Aging, embarked upon a 10 month "Dementia Awareness Campaign" in June 2023