Arnprior Regional Health has been awarded funding for 12 new spaces in its Adult Day Program at the Grove Nursing Home. The funding also includes transportation subsidies to transport attendees to and from the Grove via the Champlain Community Transportation Collaborative.
The funding is part of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network’s (LHIN’s) $1.3 million investment in 165 new dementia day program spaces across the region under the Ontario Dementia Care Strategy. The funding also includes transportation subsidies for each space. ARH applied to the LHIN for the funding earlier this year, with the success of the application being announced last week. The funding will also cover one-time operational costs of the additional spaces, such as the purchase of therapeutic equipment and supplies.
“This additional funding comes at an opportune time for us,” says Eric Hanna, President and CEO of Arnprior Regional Health. “With the 36 new long-term care beds and the redevelopment of the Grove that was announced last year, and now with the expansion of our Adult Day Program, we are enhancing our capacity to serve the growing number of seniors in our community.”
The Adult Day Program offered at the Grove Nursing Home benefits frail and/or elderly adults with disabilities or cognitive impairment (Alzheimer’s or dementia) who are living in the community by providing social and recreational programs in an engaging, caring environment. Potential clients or their caregivers should speak to their Home & Community Care case manager to express their interest. Alternatively, they can call the program’s manager, Tracey McCormick, at (613) 623-6547 extension 228, to book a tour to observe the program in action as the beginning of the onboarding process.
“Adult day programs are an important part of the health system, as they provide quality care for seniors with dementia in a nurturing community setting,” says Chantale LeClerc, CEO, Champlain Local Health Integration Network. “They also offer temporary relief to caregivers, who work so hard to support their loved ones. In its planning role, the LHIN determined that expanding this service in the western part of our region was a priority, and that’s why we funded it. The program aligns with our health system goals of improving the patient and family experience, and increasing access to needed services.”