Who are we ?
The Alzheimer Society Laval (ASL) is a nonprofit organisation whose mission is to help and support people affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness, to raise awareness and inform the public and professionals who work with individuals with AD. The ASL also contributes to research.
In order to help maintain a better quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families, we offer the following services:
- Telephone help-line and follow-up
- Individual and family counselling (in our offices or at home)
- Support groups for home caregivers
- Support groups for people with AD - this service is also a respite service
- Activity and respite centre
- Integration respite program
- Drop-in respite service
- At home stimulation respite service
- Temporary accommodation respite service
- Workshops for home caregivers
- Professional Training Program (accredited by Emploi Québec)
- Long term accommodation
Alzheimer Society Laval and the Francesco Bellini Residence - A brief history
Founded in 1995, the Alzheimer Society Laval developed various services to help and support individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related illness. In the fall of 2007, a philanthropist’s dream came true when administration, external services and the residence moved under the same roof in a brand new building located at 2525 René-Laennec in Vimont. Since then, our array of services has developed even more to respond to the needs of a greater number of Laval citizens touched by Alzheimer’s disease.
At the Francesco Bellini residence our permanent and temporary residents live in a warm, stimulating and safe environment where they can continue living at their own pace. Our approach helps them keep their abilities as long as possible and maintain their self-esteem through participation in a community life that resembles family life.
We offer an alternative residential type, different in its approach as it is inspired by the Person-centered humanist philosophy. This approach proposes to look at the person suffering from Alzheimer, not as the sum of its deficits and losses, but as a whole person with a history, with strengths and resources, who maintains a loving bond with his entourage and for whom life is an opportunity for continuous stimulation.