May 27, 2021 – When the current stay-at-home order came into effect, Arnprior Regional Health’s Adult Day Program (ADP) had to temporarily close its group program as a safety precaution.
“Our program has a big impact for the clients and their families,” said Molly de Ruiter, Recreation Assistant, ADP, Arnprior Regional Health (ARH), who started her role in February 2021. “It was a major loss when we had to close because of the COVID-19 lockdown.”
In May, the ADP launched one-on-one visits in clients’ homes that each run for one and half hours.
“The goal of the one-on-one visit is to provide support during the lockdown by offering caregivers relief so they can run errands, attend appointments or practice self-care, and spend time engaging with clients,” explained Judy Cobus, Manager, Community Programs, ARH.
One family caregiver shared gratitude the continued respite: “I am thankful to have an hour and some time for myself to get groceries and so forth. I’m so thankful for this program and all that staff do to accommodate us.”
Molly visits three clients each day with COVID-19 safety protocols in place including screening and use of personal protective equipment. She engages with each person through conversation, reading, exercise, games, and hands-on activities.
“I enjoy our visits and look forward to them every week,” shared Paul Vernon, ADP client.
Molly added: “The clients and families are so grateful we started these sessions. We typically have up to 12 clients in our ADP sessions, so it is nice to have this opportunity to get to know each client on-on-one.”
The ADP will return to its group programming once the current COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.