In­de­pen­dence, so­cial in­ter­ac­tion key part of day pro­gram

The Queens County Advance - - NEWS - By Nick Moase

More and more se­niors are liv­ing at home longer as they age, but some­times get­ting out to do things can be a chal­lenge. The idea be­hind the Queens County Adult Day Pro­gram is to let se­niors keep that in­de­pen­dence, while giv­ing them a place for so­cial in­ter­ac­tion.

The day pro­gram is for se­niors in the com­mu­nity from a wide va­ri­ety of back­grounds. It could be peo­ple with phys­i­cal or men­tal chal­lenges re­lat­ing to ag­ing, or just those look­ing for some so­cial in­ter­ac­tion.

“We want to im­prove the qual­ity of life for se­niors in the com­mu­nity,” says Crys­tal Ste­wart-smith, co­or­di­na­tor of the day pro­gram at Queens Manor.

It’s also about keep­ing peo­ple in­de­pen­dent by hav­ing a re­source to sup­port their care­givers.

“If a care­giver has a place for them to go, they get re­ju­ve­nated, and it gives the care­giver a bit of time off,” says Ste­wart-smith.

The day pro­gram started at Queens Manor in 2006, and a year later at the North Queens Nurs­ing Home.

The pro­gram is meant to be af­ford­able for ev­ery­one, at just $10 for a full day and $5 for a half day. The price in­cludes a lunch as well as pickup within a 20 km ra­dius if needed.

When some­one signs up with the pro­gram, staff meet with the per­son first to find out what they like to do. Ac­tiv­i­ties are based around giv­ing the most en­joy­ment to as many peo­ple as they can. At the North Queens site for ex­am­ple, they have of­fered yoga, mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment, craft­ing ses­sions and ac­tive games like washer toss and bowl­ing. North Queens is also equipped with a Nin­tendo Wii sys­tem, which many res­i­dents seem to en­joy.

“It’s based on what the per­son wants to do and what we can of­fer,” she says.

The par­tic­i­pants also get to take part in pro­gram­ming the manor of­fers res­i­dents as well.

Fund­ing for the pro­gram comes through the South Shore Dis­trict Health Au­thor­ity

The pro­gram in North Queens takes place ev­ery Mon­day and Thurs­day from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Rachel Joudrey at 682-2552 Ext. 5 The Queens Manor pro­gram hap­pens ev­ery Tues­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the manor at 354-3451 Ext. 7.

Sub­mit­ted photo

Blanche Con­way, a par­tic­i­pant in the Adult Day Pro­gram helped cre­ate a dis­play for the Queens County Fair this past Septem­ber as well as the out­door dec­o­ra­tions for the North Queens Nurs­ing Home.

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