Independence, social interaction key part of day program
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.
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.