Services for Seniors
Staff at KW Counselling Services has received specialized training for supporting seniors. Staff are educated to complete screening for dementia, depression, delirium and other challenges related to aging. Staff are also trained to use counselling techniques specific to seniors and are equipped with information about community resources for seniors.
Individual, couple and family counselling is available to people aged 55 and older on an ongoing basis or for a single session at the Walk In Counselling Clinic. KW Counselling Services’ staff have received training to work with people aged 55 and older and their loved ones to help them cope with topics that include:
- Transition and change in work, residence and lifestyle
- Negotiating family relations
- Loss and grief
- Social isolation
- Health changes including memory concerns
- Trauma and abuse, both past and present
- Anxiety and depression
Seniors can also receive information about community resources available to support them and assistance to plan for meeting their future care needs.
Family counselling and mediation is available to assist families to plan for future care, help seniors express their wishes to their family members, and to resolve family disagreements.
In 2012-2013, KW Counselling Services partnered with the University of Guelph to complete a research project assessing the Mental Health Needs of Seniors in Waterloo Region. Gaps in our services and accessibility for seniors were identified and new training and programs have been implemented to ensure that we are able to serve older adults and their families adequately.
Please take a look at the written report and results of this research project.
If you have questions about services for seniors, please contact our intake department at 519.884.0000 x222.
Our thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their generous support for this service.