Adult Day Program
Our Adult Day Programs benefits frail/elderly adults with disabilities and/or cognitive impairment (Alzheimer’s or dementia) who are living in the community. The program offers social and recreational programs in an engaging environment.
Activities are structured to highlight the strength of individuals in groups as well as independently through memory stimulation games like crossword puzzles, word games, news and views, word search and trivia games. The Day Program attendees also have the opportunity to enjoy entertainment, cards, physical and social games and fitness geared to the level of everyone’s individual ability. Staff also cue attendees about taking medication and washroom breaks.
The Adult Day Program further benefits the attendees, most whom are in early stages of dementia, to become familiar with the Grove facility and the staff. This makes any eventual transition from their homes to the Grove much easier for them and for their family members if the client ever has to be admitted to a long-term care facility. The Day Program ratio is 1 staff for every 4 clients.
Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of the Adult Day Program is to the family members, especially the primary caregiver. One of the Day Program goals is to offset caregiver respite hours that they receive from other community programs.
The effort has also been made to hold the support group meetings at the same time as the Day Program so the caregiver has the opportunity to speak with others in their situation. Twice a week the caregiver has the opportunity to take time to care for themselves, knowing their loved one is getting the chance to socialize, participate in activities in line with their abilities and interests and take part in a pleasurable dining experience.
To promote a pleasurable dining experience, it is important for clients to choose their own meal from a select menu. It’s a time to enjoy some good food in the company of friends in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The baking program offers the client the chance to participate in an activity that they may not be able to do at home any longer. This program involves making cookies, breaks and or special seasonal items that the client can enjoy that day at their afternoon nourishment.
Personal care issues, such as bathing, if unable to do so at home, can also be arranged through the Day Program for a minimal fee.
Caregivers or individuals who are interested in this program are encouraged to contact the team at 613-623-6547 ext.228. A tour the facility can be arranged to observe the activities, meet some of the staff and answer any questions and concerns you may have. The Adult Day Program carries a minimal charge of $10.00 per day, which includes lunch but not transportation. Interested parties have the opportunity to choose 2 of the 4 days based on availability.
The Adult Day Program at the Grove is made possible through funding provided by the Champlain LHIN and the Renfrew County United Way.
For more information on caring for someone with Alzheimer’s, please visit the Alzheimer Society Canada
Success with the Adult Day Program
Before being introduced to The Grove Nursing Home daytime program, 68 year old Ben* had nowhere to turn. His wife, Diane, had been battling Parkinson’s disease for over 20 years and had recently developed Dementia. As her mind and body continued to deteriorate, her condition completely consumed both of their lives.
Taking care of Diane became a full time job. Ben found that he was so focused on his wife that he wasn’t able to take care of the other needs in his life. Work began to pile up and he found that his mood had worsened and his temper was getting shorter and shorter. He knew that it was time to reach out for help.
Diane now attends The Grove daytime program three days a week. From 10 until 3, she is able to make friends and utilize her social skills while taking part in a suite of fun and interactive activities. Ben has really noticed a change in his wife as he has begun to see her bubbly personality again.
Ben has also been able to reap the benefits of this experience. With five extra hours in the day, he is able to accomplish so much more. He can go shopping, visit family, and even get some extra sleep. He is able to do things for himself that he hasn’t been able to do in years. With this break in the day, Ben is now able to enjoy the time that he does get with his wife. The experience has drastically improved their relationship.
Ben says that without the help of the supportive staff and volunteers at the Grove, he wouldn’t be able to function and that he wouldn’t be able to go on. This program allows the couple to continue living together in their home, and that is the greatest gift that they could ask for.
story credit: Courtney Burnett, August 2013