Chronology of Caring; People Helping People

Inger Holm, Founder with her Daughter and Grandaughter at Downsview Services for Seniors 40th Anniversary Gala, 2014.

Inger Holm, Founder with her Daughter and Grandaughter at Downsview Services for Seniors 40th Anniversary Gala, 2014.

1974: Downsview Services to Seniors began as a Meals-on-Wheels Program, founded by Inger Holm.

1978: Developed into a multi-service home support agency.

1981: Program space secured at Northwood Community Centre and inaugurated Stroke Recovery Program.

1982: Downsview Services for Seniors formally incorporated on October 7th, 1982.

1984: Received status as an Elderly Persons Centre.

1994: Signed agreement with Metro Toronto Home Care program to provide Homemaking Services. 1995: Expansion of BOOST Program, Homemaking Services and Diner’s Club Program.

1996: Long Term Care Act was proclaimed; DSS moved to a community based support agency as a result.

1998: Introduced Branson Place Adult Day Program for individuals with Alzheimer’sand dementia.

1999: Celebrated 25 Years of Service.

2000: Main office moved to 497 Wilson Avenue.

2002: Launch of the Healthier Living Centre (HLC).

2004: Created “Home at Last” Program to safely transition clients home from the hospital.

2007: Board of Directors undertakes first strategic planning process.

2008: Expansion of Home at Last Program. Launching of new, innovative program “Community Services as an Alternative to Long Term Care” in partnership with the CCAC.

2009: Valleyview Adult Day Program is opened at Valleyview Residence on Finch Avenue. Interlude Program is launched as an overnight respite care program. Celebration of 35 years of service.

2010: Announcement of addition of second Elderly Persons Centre.

2010: DSS Board of Directors engage in strategic planning process, producing a new three-year plan: “Tipping Points to Turning Points 2011-2014”.

2012: DSS successfully receives a full three-year certification in June from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

2012: Creation of agency’s first Caregiver Support Program.

2012: DSS successfully receives a full three-year certification in June from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

2013: Launch of Transitional Adult Day Program to provide more assistance to physically frail seniors or those with mild cognitive impairments.

2013: Assisted Living Services program was established in high-risk neighbourhoods to support frail seniors living with complex health challenges.

2013: Rolled out an agency wide Older Adult LGBT Initiative in partnership with SPRINT Senior Care to further inclusiveness.

2014: Conclusion of Tipping Points to Turning Points 2011-2014 saw DSS achieve all eight strategic objectives.

2014: Enhanced Adult Day Programs via Physiotherapy Program in partnership wth Bayshore Therapy and Rehabilitation Services.

2014: Celebration of 40 Years of Services and announcement of rebrand to Lumacare (Legally Lumacare Services). As of December 1st 2014, Downsview Services for Seniors is now Lumacare.

2015: Lumacare successfully received a Primer Certification in June from Accreditation Canada.

2016: Assisted Living Services (ALS) receives additional funding from the Central LHIN to serve an additional 110 clients, bringing the total number of clients serves through ALS to 440.