History & Team
Our Care Team
Memory Lane Home Living was intended to house my mother, who passed away before its completion. Her dementia journey was an inspiration for this home. Mom would have flourished in a small home environment that promoted purposeful living with “like-minded women.” When I asked our Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) worker about such a home she said, “You are ahead of your time.”
We experienced the frustrations that come with institutional settings. It began with the “premature” entry into assisted living in a retirement community—because there were no options on a smaller scale.
Mom endured the feelings of disconnect and loneliness that come with a large, impersonal setting where person centred care was not part of the culture of care. A setting where dementia care was integrated with seniors who were uncomfortable around people with dementia. Although Mom had mild dementia, she could certainly feel when she was being judged by others.
The message I clearly got from the medical staff in the institutional settings, from the beginning through to Mom’s passing, was that they did not have time for family input.
Another frustrating aspect of large institutional settings was the lack of understanding about the importance of relationship and purposeful activity in dementia care. Our mother loved to go for outdoor walks, yet the staff could not take Mom out to enjoy the beauty of nature. Outings were limited and activities in the facility were crowded and chaotic. Too many residents congregated in a very small space. Such moments were stressful rather than enjoyable.
We are grateful for the guidance and support from friends, family, knowledgeable individuals in this field, and especially the Alzheimer’s Society of York Region, Seneca Gerontology (King Campus). Memory Lane Home Living was designed to address the issues that many of us encounter on the dementia journey.
The Care Team
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Glen Zeidler( Director): Both a Pastor of a church and a Chaplain in a Long-Term Care facility in Toronto. Glen’s passion is to provide spiritual guidance throughout the dementia journey. Glen also experienced dementia first-hand with his mother.
Mona Lancaster(President): BA, B Comm. Founding member of Memory Lane Home Living. Mona has a background in Psychology/Sociology and the mental health field. Banking experience followed. While in university she worked as a Nurse’s Aide in a Long-Term Care facility. Mona is currently completing a Geriatric Certificate from McMaster University. She is also undertaking the Dementia Care Matters Course, to guide the implementation of the" Butterfly Model of Care “ into Memory Lane Home Living Inc. Mona’s related work experience in LTC , her education, and her lived dementia experience with her mother, three aunts and one uncle were the motivation to implement Evidence-based models of care that would provide a cost effective way of improving the “quality of life” for those in need of memory care.
Elena Cacchione(Director): A nurse of 20 years, Elena is currently working at a memory clinic in a Toronto hospital. She is presently on a dementia journey with her mother.
Ina Weisz(Director): A recently retired geriatric nurse with Baycrest Hospital where she worked for 29 years, Ina is a knowledgeable source in the field of dementia.
Luba Rascheff (Director): Luba Rascheff has a Master of Divinity from Harvard University and is a Chaplain in a Long-Term Care facility in Toronto. Formerly of InterChurch Health Ministries Canada, Luba has abundant knowledge about senior care ad dementia and is writing a book concerning dementia.
Advisors to Memory Lane Home Living Board of Directors:
Rebekah Churchyard is a Gerontological Social Worker (MSW, RSW) based in Toronto, Ontario. Working as Project Manager with The Neighbourhood Group (TNG) in the Neighbour 2 Neighbour (N2N) 2.0 Program. Rebekah is committed to supporting older adults and countering ageism and age-related stigma in our culture. N2N 2.0 is a project funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation to enhance volunteer-based Friendly Visiting programs for isolated seniors in the Toronto core. Rebekah also volunteers as Vice-President of Toronto Council on Aging, is a founding Member of the World Young Leaders in Dementia and in policy development with the Toronto Seniors Strategy 2.0 Accountability Table. Rebekah works with a diversity of community efforts including community-based research, older adult well being, stigmas surrounding dementia and housing alternatives for seniors. Rebekah believes in transformative social work and values keeping seniors seen, engaged and connected.
Klaus Pawletko, Sociologist, Dementia Specialist and an advocate for change. Mr. Pawletko is Managing Director of a housing project called “Friends of the Elderly.” He helped develop the framework on how to create and coordinate the first co-housing social model of care for those with dementia over 20 years ago. Klaus was instrumental in advocating to have between 6-8 individuals with dementia living together in a house rather than an institutional setting. Today there are over 3500 of these houses throughout Germany. The success of these homes is a result of purposeful living for those with dementia, and the training of the in-home support with a unique skill set for person-centered care.