A good day to get away
… the day away programs at GlenStor-Dun-Lodge have provided social contact, activities, stimulation and support for the elderly or adults with physical disabilities in the… pg. 5
For twenty two years now the day away programs at Glen-Stor-Dun-Lodge have provided social contact, activities, stimulation and support for the elderly or adults with physical disabilities in the community, explains Anna-Marie Breuers, supervisor of outreach services.
The objective is to assist in the care of a loved one while providing rest for the caregivers, with the aim of assisting the clients in maintaining their independence to prevent long-term placement.
The Senior Day Away program provides a day of fun and socialization, including activities such as cards, sand bags and current events, just to name a few. There are also special events such as the recent Mother’s Day tea and Sunrise Rotary Luncheon on June 2, at the Legion to celebrate seniors month. There are also off-site outings including a boat cruise and visit to the Sand Road Sugar Camp. “ We’re all about having fun, and the staff ensures that ( the clients) are comfortable.”
The Special Day Away program is for individuals with cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s or related dementia, says Anna-Marie, who explains that the program activities are geared to meet their needs. If the individual has short term memory loss, whatever program is developed for them is going to be sensitive to their abilities. For example if we would be doing a quiz, we might stimulate the long term memory. “ What are some of the TV shows you used to watch?” would be one of the questions, because the long term memory will be intact but the short term wouldn’t be,” she explains.
“ We do this to promote healthy living so that seniors can remain in the home as long as possible,” explains AnnaMarie. “ Many of our seniors have lost their spouses and live alone, or their relatives live out of town, so they have very little social contact and of course by having social contact that’s good for our health and ( helps) reduce potential anxiety or depression.” The program is also very important to provide respite for caregivers, she says.
“ Our program is developed around the PIECES model,” explains Anna-Marie, based on physical needs, intellect, emotional support, with a focus on capabilities, while regarding their physical environment and social aspects.
“ We have a secure environment and the individuals who attend are supervised all day, in the care of two recreologist and an adjuvant, who conducts the exercise program,” says Anna Marie, a registered nurse. “ If there is a health issue I can help link up the client with other services in the community," she says. " Quite often a senior may be nervous about making a call and asking questions, I can advocate on their behalf and make that call for them, whether they needed a consult for a physician or if they were feeling depressed, and need a referral to the mental health association. Many seniors don’t have a family physician," she continues. "I can link them up to that resource in order to get them into the health care system, and offer referrals or resources if needed.”
“A day away also includes transportation to and from the lodge, compliments of the wonderful partnership with the City of Cornwall who provide us with the Handi Transit service,” says AnnaMarie, two nutritional snacks and a hot nourishing lunch prepared fresh at the Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge.
Thanks to additional funding by the Local Health Integration Network ( LHIN), the Glen-Stor-Dun-Lodge will be able to expand their Community Outreach Services programs by two additions days. The Senior Day Away program runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with an additional Francophone program on Wednesday. The Special Day Away runs Monday, Thursday and Friday. Although the program, mandated by the Ministry of Heath, is not-for-profit, there is a nominal fee for the service.
Other outreach services at the Lodge include Meals on Wheels, as well as the telephone assurance program. For further information call Anna-Marie Breuers at 613-933-3384 extension 234.