LONG-TERM CARE FOR VETERANS AT STE. ANNE’S HOSPITAL
WHAT IS AN OPERATIONAL STRESS INJURY?
INJURIES RELATED TO OPERATIONAL STRESS (OSI AND PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINICS) AT STE ANNE’S HOSPITAL
Outpatient OSI Clinics
There are two outpatient clinics treating operational stress injuries in Montreal. The main one is at Ste. Anne’s Hospital and the other is a satellite office located in Longueuil. These clinics are exclusively dedicated to veterans. These injuries can be physical in nature requiring pain management or be related to mental health issues, such as PTSD.
They serve 1,200 patients from all over the province. Out-of-town patients can stay at a small guest house on hospital grounds, which is operated by the Foundation.
The Foundation funds weekly day programs for veterans who are looking for therapeutic activities offered in a safe environment where others understand some of their experiences and difficulties.
Residential OSI Clinic
The only residential clinic for Canadian veterans with OSI is also located in Ste. Anne’s Hospital and houses up to 10 residents at a time and serves approximately 55 patients per year.
Treatment includes programs for stabilization and/or rehabilitation and takes place over periods ranging from four (4) weeks to four (4) months.
This program serves veterans from across the country.
While the Foundation has succeeded in funding renovations to the facilities, further improvements are needed (patients bedrooms, therapy and social rooms).
In addition to social outings that are part of the treatment, the Foundation funds art, pet and yoga therapy.
We look forward to growing these programs to include outdoor and indoor sports activities and equine therapy.
THE SENTINELS OF THE STREET
The innovative and ambitious program “Les Sentinelles de rue” was launched in May 2017 and is managed by Old Brewery Mission.
The program provides food, shelter and the necessary psychosocial support to help the veterans rebuild and eventually become once again, a community-driven citizen.
Veterans Affairs Canada graciously provided much of the necessary funding for the program since its launch and the Foundation is proud to be a major pillar and has committed to sponsor this program until 2021.
VETERANS TRANSITION NETWORK
- Respect ForumRespect Forum is a national networking initiative that strives to help improve services for Canada's military veterans, retired first responders (police, firefighters, paramedics) and their families. Headquartered in Montreal, by-invitation-only, Respect Forum meetings have been held semi-annually in this city since Fall 2016, expanding to six other cities in 2018. With support from Veterans Affairs Canada's Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund, meetings were held in 19 cities across Canada in March and April 2019.
- Alpha VeteranAlpha Veteran is designed for Canadian veterans by Canadian veterans and is intended to familiarize veterans and the general public with the services they receive, such as: - Medical care: acupuncture, physiotherapy, medical cannabis, chiropractor and other health professionals - Financial aid: a financial advisor is on hand to answer your questions - Products created by veterans like Steel Pot Coffee.