Adult Day Program benefits greater than at first glance

By Mike Puffer

Adult Day Program benefits greater than at first glance
Clients receive high quality support as they participate in exercises, games, discussions, painting, and more.

The support offered by many of the programs available through the Community Care Health & Care Network are self-explanatory and obvious. On closer examination, however, the case can be made that just as many of our services have multiple benefits. Case in point this month: our Adult Day Program for seniors and people with special needs.

One of the organization’s longest-running programs, Adult Day Program is offered multiple times each week at several locations throughout the municipality. Adult Day provides clients with a range of social, physical and recreational activities that are designed to meet the unique needs of each participant.

The service is for frail seniors, people with memory impairment or individuals with physical disabilities. Experienced staff and volunteers ensure that clients receive high quality support as they participate in exercises, games and activities, discussion groups, sensory stimulation such as music and painting, and enjoy hot lunches and snacks. Special excursions regularly take place.

This summer, the Adult Day Program has been pleased to partner with Maryboro Lodge, the historical museum in Fenelon Falls. Clients, staff and volunteers have enjoyed “trips down memory lane” with visits to the museum. The outings have been combined with picnic lunches and activities on the Maryboro lawns, near Garnet Graham Beach Park on Cameron Lake. Other Adult Day clients recently enjoyed a trip to the annual craft show at the Lindsay Exhibition.

Columnist Mike Puffer.

In addition to five regular programs, Community Care also has a twice-weekly program designed especially for dementia-specific individuals.

Now for the multi-pronged benefit point of the program: while Adult Day enjoy the opportunity to participate in a supervised social setting, caregivers get an important respite break from their responsibilities of providing for someone, all while knowing that loved ones are in good hands. Community Care strives to provide support to caregivers in many ways, and the Adult Day program offers them a break to rest, recharge and look after themselves, if only for a few hours.

Community Care is grateful to have valued local partners that make it possible to present the program in facilities that ensure supportive environments. Church halls in Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Little Britain, Lindsay and Omemee are excellent locales that meet the needs of clients and staff alike.

The Adult Day Program is affordable and accessible to any and all potential clients and their families. Contact Adult Day Program Manager Rosanne Moloney (705-324-7323 ext 227) for further information.

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