Adult Day ProgramProvided By: Community Support Services
- Rosanne Moloney, Program Manager
- 34 Cambridge St. S., 2nd Floor
- Lindsay, ON
- K9V 5Z8
A program of Community Support Services, Adult Day Centres offer a range of social, physical and recreational activities designed to meet the need of frail older adults, individuals with memory impairment and adults with physical disabilities.
In addition to a safe supportive environment for clients, Adult Day provides caregivers with respite from their care giving role.
The program is coordinated by experienced staff and volunteers who are on hand to ensure clients receive high quality support including activation such as games and
activities, hobbies and crafts, exercises, discussion groups, sensory stimulation and social interactions such as musical guests and outings.
Program activities, a hot lunch and nutritional snacks are included in the daily attendance fee, which is $19/person at all locations.
The centres are open from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 55 Mary St. W., Lindsay).
Mixing things up in Fenelon Falls: Adult Day Centre participants Anna and Betty Mae have fun making pancakes with volunteer Rachel. The Adult Day Program in Fenelon Falls takes place three times/week at Fenelon Falls United Church.
Clients Get "Expressive" with Fun Program
Staff, volunteers and clients enjoyed participating in an 6-week Expressive Arts program through the fall at the Adult Day Centre in Lindsay. Here, clients Rose and Thelma have some fun with paints (on Halloween Day). The Expressive Arts program provided an opportunity to engage clients in a new way, providing them with a platform to increase their self-confidence and build on the sense of community that is so valued at the Adult Day program. In addition to painting, clients wrote poetry, took part in drumming, meditation and story telling. The program was financially supported by the New Horizons for Seniors program, Service Canada, and offered clients to express themselves through art, craft, writing, movement and narrative arts.
Curling Takes Over Adult Day Centres
Clients at our Adult Day Program locations have been "rocking and rolling" quite a bit lately, since the donation of a Rocks & Rings curling game. June Widdis, a member of the Community Care Board of Directors and an avid curler herself, recently presented a gift of the Rocks & Rings kit to the program. Unique indoor floor curling equipment is used to provide a great curling experience without the need for ice. Clients, volunteers and staff of the program have put the game to great use and it has provided enjoyable interactive activity for people of all ages and abilities. Pictured here lining up their next shots are June, Lindsay Adult Day Centre Co-ordinator Vicky Foote and client Ed.
A Client's Story - Bob Wass Keeping Busy
Like so many of us, being independent and active are important for Bob Wass. Bob doesn't let an acquired brain injury sustained as a baby slow him down. He's now in his mid 60s. With help from Community Care as well as the Brain Injury Association, his primary care provider and others all working together, Bob lives independently in an apartment in Lindsay and has a very busy lifestyle. He attends the agency's Adult Day Centre on Mary Street in Lindsay usually three times a week. For Bob, the program's social aspect has the most impact on his life.
He also receives rides through Community Care's transportation, helping him get to important medical appointments and social activities. And, he's supported seven days/week by Community Care Personal Support Workers through Supportive Housing with personal care, homemaking, meal preparation and well-being checks - all of which, he reports, help with his independence.
When asked if he would recommend Community Care to others, Bob said, "yes!" Why? "All of the above!" Bob Wass enjoys a dance at the Adult Day Centre with program assistant Kathleen Potts.
Our Gardens Grow Thanks to Community Support
Thanks to community, volunteer and staff support, outdoor gardening activities are now part of the programming for participants at four Community Care Adult Day locations. Gardening began in Bobcaygeon several years ago thanks to the initiative of one of our Adult Day Assistants, Felicity Lukace, whose many attributes include a degree in horticultural therapy. Bobcaygeon gardening grew with a grant from RBC Royal Bank. Following the success in Bobcaygeon, Mary Street and Jennings Creek in Lindsay were added last year, and this summer, in Fenelon Falls.
Borrowing from the adage, "It takes a village to raise a child", it indeed takes a community to raise a garden project from an idea to fruition. Here's what that community looked like for Adult Day: staff desire to introduce and expand gardening; support from the organization's Health Promoter to access funds, (including RBC and the TD Friends of the Environment program); a grant
from the United Way community garden initiative; donations from community businesses and organizations (including Young's Landscaping, Home Hardware Fenelon Falls, Home Building Centre Lindsay, Canadian Tire Fenelon Falls and the Fenelon Falls Horticultural Society); co-operation from the churches where we partner to offer Adult Day and the landlord at Mary Street; "labour" and expertise from volunteers, including spouses of several staff; the enthusiasm of participants. The bounty is enjoyed by program participants through fresh garden salads and tomato sauce for pasta - the latter often prepared with the help of our organization's Registered Dietitian.
The benefits of gardening are many, including fresh air, exercise and the feeling of accomplishment. The benefits of working together as a community are many, too, as demonstrated by the success of the gardening project. In the photo, Adult Day volunteers Bryan Idenouye and George Nichols assist Debbie Sluce with the raised garden beds in Fenelon Falls.