Services

2012/2013 Annual General Report


The Home With a Heart

The John Gordon Home provides support to people with HIV/ AIDS and HCV (Hep C) who have immediate health care needs to realize positive health and wellness outcomes through the provision of: Transitional Care; Respite Care; End of Life Care. Applications for all programs and services can be obtained by contacting the Resident Care Coordinator or Executive Director at 519-433-3951. There may be a waiting list in place for John Gordon Home’s services. Residents pay an occupancy fee which includes all meals and other amenities.

Transitional Care:

Short term housing in a safe environment with nursing care and personal supports are provided to people who have immediate medical needs and who require ongoing treatment/support. Residents work with staff to develop a care plan with a focus on stabilizing their health, building strength through nutrition and transitioning to affordable/appropriate housing. Transitional Care is available for a maximum of 12 months.

Respite Care:

Short-term Respite stays can be arranged with people who are not ready to return home after an illness/hospitalization, for caregiver relief or for those undergoing short-term medical treatments. Respite contracts vary in length from several days to several weeks, based on individual need. Contracts may be episodic in nature.

End of Life Care:

Palliative care is provided for people who are at the end stage of their illness and have discontinued treatments opting for comfort measures. Compassionate care, privacy and a home like atmosphere make the John Gordon Home a suitable environment for this type of care and support.

Geographical Area Served

LRAH serves South-western Ontario, including the City of London and the counties of Essex, Lambton, Sarnia, Middlesex, Perth, Oxford, and Huron.  It is the only HIV/AIDS Hospice serving the area.

Eligibility Requirements

An individual must meet all of the following criteria in order to be eligible for residency:

  • be 16 years and over and living with HIV/AIDS or HCV and,
  • require the care and support services of the John Gordon Home,
  • be willing to work with staff to develop a program plan and work towards achievement of identified goals
  • be willing to live in a cooperative environment, follow the service agreement and observe the rights
    and responsibilities and general rules of the hospice and
  • accept the maximum length of occupancy criteria.

Funding

Funding for the LRAH/John Gordon Home has been provided by the South West Local Health Ingtegration Network. John Gordon home also gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Ministry of Health - Long Term Care/Housing, the Ontario Ministry of Health/AIDS Bureau and the City of London for their funding and support.

Multi Sector Service and Accountability Agreement 2011-2014 between the Southwest LHIN and London Regional AIDS Hospice.

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Declaration of Compliance

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Harm Reduction Program

Residents may be working on a personal harm reduction model that helps to manage their addictions. There are services available to support a resident, and the personal harm reduction plan is a part of the overall wellness plan at John Gordon Home.

Counterpoint, through the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection, is a confidential service and can be reached at 519-434-1601

Resident Bill of Rights

As a resident of the John Gordon Home, I have the right to:

  • be treated with courtesy and respect in a way that fully recognizes my dignity and individuality.
  • live within a safe, harassment and violence free environment.
  • identify reasonable goals and receive support from staff to achieve them.
  • have my decisions and choices be respected, even though they may be contrary to the wishes or beliefs of others.
  • be given information about services and resources in order to make informed decisions.
  • be told who is providing my care.
  • privacy in receiving treatment and in caring for my personal needs.
  • have personal information treated confidentially.
  • be cared for by compassionate sensitive and knowledgeable staff and volunteers.
  • provide input and feedback into the John Gordon Home’s programs and policies.
  • have a fair and clear complaint and appeal process without fear of punishment.
  • display personal possessions, pictures and furnishings in my unit.
  • receive visitors of my choice and to consult in private with any person without interference.

As a Resident I recognize that these rights are to be observed in keeping with safety requirements, other residents’ rights and the law.