The Seniors and Caregivers Support Service (SCSS) Unit at Family Service Toronto provides social work services to older people and caregivers. Our work includes counselling, group work, advocacy, training and educational sessions on a variety of topics such as aging and memory loss, anger and guilt, how to access community resources, abuse of older adults, etc.
For up-to-date information on current workshops and groups, please visit the Workshops, Groups and Events page.
You can come to our office for counselling, attend support groups or educational seminars, talk to a trained counsellor by telephone or, in exceptional circumstances, arrange for a home/community visit. We are able to provide counselling in English and Spanish.
We provide counselling services for those facing issues such as:
As an older adult you can count on us to help you get the support you need. We provide counselling services for a variety of issues such as:
As the caregiver of an aging parent, relative or friend, our trained counsellors will help you:
Pat’s Place is a temporary safe haven for older people experiencing abuse. At Pat’s Place we offer a welcoming environment where residents can take time out from their current situation.
At Pat’s Place we believe that all older people have the right to live a life free of harm. We are striving to create an environment where an older person can live with dignity and in peace.
The Seniors and Caregivers Support Service Unit at Family Service Toronto offers training workshops for seniors’ groups, the general public and service providers on a variety of areas.
To find out how to present a case to the team, please contact Lisa Manuel, EACT Coordinator, at 416-595-4049 or [email protected]
EACT meets once a month on Fridays, 1-3 p.m. All meetings are held on Zoom.
October 20, November 17, December 15.
January 19, February 23, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15, December 13.
We also offer information and education sessions on a range of topics including:
For other questions regarding counselling in general, please check Programs and Services/FAQ
For questions regarding Pat’s Place, please go to Pat’s Place page
Services are free for seniors and their caregivers
For service providers, fees are based on an hourly rate and will be negotiated to meet individual circumstances.
People 60 years of age and older who are being abused emotionally, physically, sexually, financially or in other ways by a family member can use Pat’s Place. Pat’s Place is open to women, men and transgendered persons.
People who move to Pat’s Place must be able to care for themselves. If a person requires some supports we will work with them to determine if we can put them in place. If the person can function independently when support services are not present, they will be considered for entry to the program.
No, it is important to realize that Pat’s Place is not a shelter. It is an apartment in a secure location in Toronto. It is not staffed like a shelter (i.e. staff on site 24/7).
For more information about the types of workshops we are currently running, or to sign up, please call 416-595-9618. If you want to sign up for a workshop or group that has already started and registration is closed, you may be put on the waiting list for the next series.
Please note that FST is offering services virtually and by phone, as offices remain closed to the public. The full list of FST workshops and groups offered at this time is available on the Virtual Workshops and Groups page.
Dates and times for workshops and groups might be different than listed below. Please contact FST’s Service Access Unit for more information.
Join our discussion group for women 60+. Learn to restore your self-confidence and build support in your life.
Date: Second and fourth Monday afternoon each month
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Location : Zoom
Facilitator: Zenia Castanos
Pre-registration required, please call Service Access Unit at 416-595-9618.
No-Fee. Donations welcome.
A virtual group for parents 55+ of adult children who have been unable to secure their independence due to:
Come out and meet other parents who are dealing with similar issues. Learn how to protect yourself against abuse while supporting your adult child in gaining independence.
Date: Fourth Thursday each month
Time: 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Facilitator: Brenda Anderson
Registration: To participate please call 416-595-9618.
A virtual group for women 60+
Sharing our stories, we discover we are not alone.
When: Second Wednesday each month;
Time: 1:30 – 3:00p.m.
Pre-Registration required. Please call Family Service Toronto’s Service Access Unit at 416-595-9618.
CNAP: The Community Navigation and Access Program (CNAP) is a network over 30 community support service (CSS) agencies in the Toronto area who are collaborating to improve access and coordination of support services for older adults, their care providers and health care stakeholders.
CCAC: There are a number of Community Care Access Centres throughout the Toronto area that offer everything from in-home health and social services to information about placement into long-term care facilities. Services are often provided in a variety of languages.
211 Toronto: For information about other community services in the Toronto Area you can call the Community Information Toronto Helpline – (416 or 905 area) dial 211.
Or, for other areas: 416-397-4636
The Canadian Mental Health Association: The Toronto Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association offers a range of community support services for persons with serious mental health problems, as well as education and mental health promotion to the general community.
Mood Disorder Association of Ontario: is a self-help association for persons with depression, manic depression, dual disabilities and their families and friends.
Public pensions: Information on the Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security pension and related benefits, the Canadian retirement income calculator and retirement planning.
Ministry of the Attorney General website: Power of Attorney Kit and Living Wills
Toronto Public Library: Local libraries, throughout the Toronto area, have an extensive number of books and videos on caregiving. For more information, call or visit your local library.
Attend Caregiver Seminars and Workshops: There are a number of caregiver information workshops that take place throughout the city on a regular basis. For more information about the one closest to you call your local Community Information Centre or Neighbourhood Information Post. Numbers are usually listed in the front of your phone book. For workshops in the Toronto area call Community Information Toronto at 416-397-4636. Workshops for seniors and caregivers are also often listed in local community newspapers.
In addition to going to your local library for videos on caregiving, you might also try the National Film Board. They can be reached by calling 416-973-3012 or you can visit their website at www.nfb.ca. You can also check out The Caregiver Network Inc. This organization is an excellent resource for caregivers. They also have a video series called The Aging and Caregiving Video Series. For more information, or to contact them please call 1-800-757-4868 or check out their website at www.caregiver.ca
The Alzheimer Society of Canada has a number of videos on caregiving. For more information or to contact them, please call 1-800-616-8816 (valid only in Canada) or visit their website at www.alzheimer.ca
June 15, 2006 was the debut of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). It is celebrated each year on this day. The day is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action which recognizes the significance of abuse and neglect of older adults as a public health and human rights issue. Throughout the world, senior abuse and neglect is largely under-recognized or treated as an unspoken problem.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is an opportunity for individuals, organizations, communities and governments around the world to recognize the reality of abuse and neglect of older adults. Canadians have been a big part of this effort.
For more information, read the following fact sheets for more information on elder abuse:
The Seniors and Caregivers Support Services Unit at Family Service Toronto (FST) receives part of its funding from the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC LHIN). In the interests of full public accountability and transparency, and as one of the conditions of the Multi-Sector Service Accountability Agreement – April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024 (M-SAA), FST is required to publish the fully executed legal agreement. An amending agreement for the period April 1,2021 to March 31, 2022 was executed and is published here. For the period April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023 a further amending agreement was issued. This agreement outlines the nature of FST’s obligations to TC LHIN which is now known at Ontario Health Toronto. FST’s certificate of compliance with this agreement, for the period April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023 is posted here.
Additional copies of the legal agreement are posted in the office locations from which the Seniors and Caregivers Support Services Unit provides service.
If you have any questions about this agreement, please contact Lisa Manuel, Director, Changing Lives and Family Violence Programs at 416-595-9230 ext. 316 or [email protected]