The Adult Day Program
The Day Program operates at the Grove three times a week Tuesday,
Wednesday and Friday under the care of coordinator Audrey Edwards. This
program is open to members of the community including those who have
Alzheimer's and/or dementia. Activities are structured to highlight the
strengths of these individuals and in groups they are incorporated into
memory stimulation games like crossword puzzles and trivia games. The
Day Program attendees also have music, entertainment and crafts geared
to the level of ability. Staff also cue attendees about taking
medication and washroom breaks.
The Day Program further benefits the
attendees, most who are in early stages of the disease, to become
familiar with the Grove facility and staff. This makes any eventual
transition from their homes to the Grove much easier for them and for
their family members if the client ever has to be admitted to a Long
Term Care facility.
Perhaps one of the biggest of the Day
Program is for the family members, especially the primary caregiver. One
of the Day programs goals is to offset Caregiver respite hours that they
receive from community programs such as CCAC. The effort has also been
made to hold the support group meetings at the same time as the Day
Program so the caregiver has the opportunity to speak with others in
their situation. Three times a week the caregiver gets a break and the
opportunity to take care of themselves knowing their loved one is
getting the chance to socialize, participate in some activities and take
part in a pleasurable dining experience.
The pleasurable dining experience is
important for clients to make their own meal selection from a select
menu, and on a weekly basis be involved in the making of a meal that is
shared with a small group of resident from the Nursing home. Tables are
set properly including tablecloths and all staff is available to help.
It's a time to enjoy some good food in the company of friends in a warm
and inviting atmosphere. The baking program offers the client the chance
to participate in a past activity that they may not be able to do at
home any longer. Ths program involves making cookies, breaks and or
special seasonal items that the client can enjoy that day at their
In collaboration with the Day Program
arrangements can also be made to address personal care issues, such as
bath if unable to do so at home.
Caregivers or individuals who are
interested in this program are encouraged to contact Audrey Edwards at
613-623-6547 ext. 229. Audrey will arrange for you to tour the facility,
observe the activities, meet some of the staff and answer any questions
and concerns you may have. The Day program carries a minimal charge of
$5 per day which includes lunch but not transportation.
The Adult Day Program at the Grove is
made possible through funding provided by the Renfrew County United Way.