A good day to get away

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… 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.

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