Frank and Rose: Finding respite and joy thanks to the Adult Day Program

For Arnprior local Frank, the Arnprior Regional Health Adult Day Program is “absolutely heaven sent.” His wife, Rose, has been attending The Program three times per week since June 2022.

Through social and recreational activities, the Adult Day Program (ADP) benefits adults with disabilities or cognitive impairments such as dementia. For clients like Rose, their days at the ADP are entertaining and engaging – days to look forward to.

“Oh yes, she gets upset on the days she isn’t coming to the Program,” said Frank, laughing.


Care partners can focus on essential self-care

But the ADP represents even more than that for their care partners, including Frank, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.

“For me, it’s been such a blessing. I am able to meet up with a friend for coffee, whereas before, I had trouble doing that,” he shared. “Some nights are not the greatest for sleeping because of Rose’s hallucinations, but now if I need to I can get rest during the day. It’s made such a big difference in my life. Without the Program, my life would be much more difficult.”

Frank’s health challenges have made caring for Rose more difficult. His only in-home supports are a few hours of home care each week and his close neighbours. The ADP provides Frank with the time and capacity to care for himself, too.

Adult Day Program adds joy, creativity and adventure to clients’ lives

“I brought her here the first day. I got in the car, and it just felt – wow. I couldn’t believe it. It still feels that way. Rose tells me how much she enjoys her time here, so I can look after myself without worry.”

Rose echoed: “I like the things they create for us to do, and the special days like Valentine’s or Easter. I like the baking – well especially because it’s part of the deal that if you’re going to put it all together, you get to have a taste, too!”

And now that The ADP has moved to its new location at 80 McGonigal St W, the clients benefit from the proximity to Arnprior’s downtown core.

“There is a new business that opened here, an ice cream shop that we can walk over to now,” shared Rose. “We go over in the summertime and walk together, and they have a lot of things that I’ve never had before. It’s so nice to try new things and to be out like that.”

As part of the ADP’s priority to build closer relationships with nearby businesses, the clients are hosting a Bake and Craft Sale on April 19th from 12-4pm in the nearby Giant Tiger parking lot. The clients have been working hard on creating items to sell and perfecting recipes.