Caring for Aging Adults and Seniors

If you have caregiving responsibilities for an adult or elder family member, there are resources that can help you and your family. The Family Care Office can provide you with information and referrals to support services for elders and their caregivers including information on home care services, senior housing options, and caregiver supports.

Workshops for those caring for adults and elder family members are offered to the University of Toronto community by the Family Care Office. Check out our Events for further details.

The Family Care Office Resource and Lending Library has a number of practical resources on elder care. For more detailed information about our resources, check out our book list.

General Information

Council on Aging of Ottawa

A guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario

The Institute of Life Course and Aging has created a series of videos for older adults and their caregivers.
They are 10-15 minutes long interviews with an expert. We also cover strategies for coping with these problems in the context of the pandemic.

Dr. Elena (Irina) Nica-Graham, Geriatric Psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital, provides an overview of anxiety and anxiety disorders, strategies for their management, and helpful resources in the community.

Sleep Problems among Older Adults: Tips on How to get a Good Night’s Sleep
This video provides an overview of many of the causes of sleep problems and a wide range of helpful strategies to improve sleep quantity and quality by Dr Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics at Mt. Sinai Hospital and Associate Professor at the University of Toronto.

Memory Problems among Older Adults
An overview of memory problems and helpful interventions by Dr. Barry Goldlist, Geriatrician, Sinai Health System and the University Health Network Hospitals, and Professor of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Our Youtube Channel:
We hope to be posting new videos every week or two (e.g. depression, PTSD, strategies for family caregivers to communicate with long-term care staff):

National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE)
NICE is an international network of researchers, practitioners and students dedicated to improving the care of older adults, both in Canada and abroad.

The Ontario Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse
Senior Safety Line (24 hours a day – 7 days per week – 150 different languages)
Toll-free: 1-866-299-1011

Ontario Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility

Government of Canada – Programs and Services for Seniors

The Family Care Office does not endorse any of the organizations listed here, and we do not assume any responsibility for the accuracy of the statements and/or the quality of services provided by these organizations.

Resource for U of T employees and their dependents

Call the Employee and Family Assistance Program — Homewood Health™ for personal and in-depth assistance with your elder care concern.

Homewood Health™ has eldercare specialists on staff to work with you and your eldercare situation.

  • Receive an immediate needs assessment and customized information to follow.
  • Their specialists can speak directly with the elderly person as part of your needs assessment and provide information on arranging an independent provider for an in-home assessment.
  • Obtain resources pertaining to home care services, understanding long term care and other housing options, dementia care, end-of-life care, and legal referrals for Wills and Powers of Attorney.

To start, call 1-800-663-1142.

You may also register for the Member Services area of the Homewood Health™ website. This will give you access to their on-line Eldercare Resource Locator to help you find home care, residential care, community services or financial support for an elderly loved one.