Our Programs


The Home on the Hill Team.

 

 

 

Home on the Hill Connection is a program that reaches out to people with a mental illness who are experiencing isolation due to the strict requirements on mobility caused by  the COVID pandemic .  Our activities follow protocol in using masks, social distancing and many activities are conducted outdoors.  Please contact secretary@home-on-the-hill.ca regarding registration and information.

Program Description
We use a person-centered holistic approach targeting Mental/Cognitive Functioning, Physical Functioning, Psychological/Emotional Functioning, and Social Function. Some programs include:
  • Social Dinners
  • Nature or Night Walks
  • Pottery Painting
  • Virtual Meetings
  • Sports (tennis, workouts, yoga, outdoor sports and many more!)
  • Educational sessions (calming techniques, self-help strategies, coping strategies/discussions)

Home on the Hill Connection will reach out to you by telephone, Zoom, by one on one visits or visits with you and your family if you wish.  We strive to connect with you at home or in the community.

We are here to help you get you through this pandemic and other life challenges staying safe, healthy and engaged in activities of your choosing.

We accept self-referrals, referrals from the family and referrals from hospitals.

 

Here are some pictures of the recreational activities from this program.

 

This program is funded by                                                                                                                       

 

Home on the Hill would like to sincerely thank Richmond Hill Hall Charities for funding many of our programs. 

 

FAMILY SUPPORT/RESPITE PROGRAM.

 

Family caregivers of those  persistent mental illness who wish to join our online support group, please contact secretary@home-on-the-hill.ca.  This  group is also open to health professionals who have a family member with a serious mental illness and want a safe environment to find support.   This program can be conducted by ZOOM or outdoors with social distancing.  We also plan special outings to restaurants and theatres. 

 

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For information about anosognosia training you may want to contact the LEAP Foundation at lfrp.org   

Several Home on the Hill family caregivers have taken the training and found it very helpful.   Here is a testimonial from a family caregiver who recently attended the last online session:

 

The LEAP Foundation is is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving family caregivers of persons with serious mental illness (SMI).

A valuable lesson is “You do not win on the strength of your argument; you win on the strength of your relationship.” 

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MUSIC JAMMING WHILE PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING.  THIS PROGRAM IS RUN BY JONATHAN NADLER WHO IS A MUSICIAN AND BOARD MEMBER.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT  secretary@home-on-the-hill.ca. 

The music session helps participants improve their health in several domains, such as cognitive functioning, motor skills, emotional development, social skills, and quality of life by expressing their creativity through music.

 

 

 VIRTUAL FAMILY ART EXPRESSION PROGRAM. 

Connect with Artist Lesley Block by contacting secretary@home-on-the-hill.ca.  This is an opportunity to have fun while painting.  You do not have to be an artist to enjoy painting.  We supply the materials.  This group is offered to those with a mental illness and family caregivers.

 

 

 

SOUND HEALING ENERGY FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS.

Reserve and schedule your one hour session by contacting secretary@home-on-the-hill.ca. 

Staycation Sound Revelation (online group event for max. 3 people)

Do you respond well to music and sound as a great way to relax? Share a staycation space online (Zoom platform) where you will get to sit back, relax and enjoy healing sounds to wash away your stress. Joanna Grace provides Sound Reiki vocals and instrumental sound healing with her spirit drum and wooden instruments. Only 3 people per session to ensure attention and connection. Sessions are generally scheduled between 4:30 and 7:30 pm. More information is available at www.soundhealingenergy.ca or “Sound Healing Energy” on Facebook.

 

 

Supportive Housing:

Home on the Hill acquired its first housing unit at the Community Hub at 10415 Yonge Street in Richmond Hill on November 1, 2016. A tenant was selected for this unit and is currently receiving support services from Home on the Hill. The tenant’s family are happy that their loved one has an independent living unit, but continue to play a vital role in the tenant’s life. Our organization has recently been approved to receive a one bedroom housing unit from Richmond Hill Ecumenical Homes.

On April, 2020 Home on the Hill is planning the addition of four supportive housing beds.  This plan is currently interrupted by the COVID-19 virus.

 

Robert Veltheer Lecture Series on Mental Illness: (BECAUSE OF THE RESTRICTIONS OF THE COVID PANDEMIC, THIS PROGRAM IN “ON HOLD” FOR THE MOMENT).

This is our signature program named for our late founder and family caregiver, Robert Veltheer. In this series, psychiatrists and other well regarded mental health professionals give lectures on mental illness and its implications.  Subjects which have been covered are diet and exercise, anxiety and depression, schizophrenia, psychotic illness, bi-polar disorder, the relationship between marijuana use and psychosis, and lived experience. Home on the Hill is very grateful for these wonderful speakers who have given freely of their time and expertise! Please see information under Robert Veltheer Series or upcoming events. For further information contact info@home-on-the-hill.ca  The Robert Veltheer Lecture Series is funded by Richmond Hill Hall Charities.

 

Art Therapy: (BECAUSE OF THE RESTRICTIONS OF THE COVID PANDEMIC, THIS PROGRAM IN “ON HOLD” FOR THE MOMENT).

Our art psychotherapy program is offered by a registered art therapist (CATA, ACAT).

Art therapy is widely employed in various settings including retirement homes and long-term care facilities to help people cope with and address both mental and physical challenges.

Art therapy helps family caregivers and their loved ones who suffer from mental health challenges like burnout, depression, anxiety or suicidal thoughts, express their thoughts and feelings in a safe and non-judgmental space.

We offer free art therapy services in one-on-one, as well as semi-private or group settings.

 

LISTEN TO THIS RADIO INTERVIEW WITH PROGRAM DIRECTOR MAGGIE VELTHEER AND RECREATION THERAPIST, TRACY WONG ABOUT RECREATION THERAPY WHICH WE USE AT HOME ON THE HILL.

BELOW ARE IMAGES OF PAST PROGRAMMING.  STAY TUNED FOR UPDATES AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

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