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Adult Day Programs 
Started by Fraly
16 Mar 2016, 11:36 PM

Has anyone participated in an adult day/respite program? What was good about it and not so good? Was there a fee? Thanks for your help
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Reply by KathCull_admin
17 Mar 2016, 3:25 PM

Welcome Fraly, I am glad you found us and asked the questions.  I am going to ask a couple of our members who I think may have experience to respond to your post. In the meantime I wonder if checking with Programs and Services might help. 

Are you looking for access for a family member or yourself?

Will be back soon.
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Reply by NatR
17 Mar 2016, 4:31 PM

Hello Fraly,
welcome to the group
I am not sure what province or area you live in, or if you are exactly asking about respite for a person with dementia, or mental health needs.

if it's dementia /senior related I am sure your community has either Alzheiner Society or public. Health might have an answer.?

not every community has the same services but a few questions might garner a reply.

i do hope you find the information you need.
i know the Alzheimer Society offers companion services - a friendly visitor to   come into your home, or take your loved one out for walks, coffee, etc. 

Let et us know what you find!  Sorry I can't help more.
perhaps others will respond and offer ideas.

another comment, just in case you need to hear it :) dont feel guilty about time you need to recharge your batteries.  Guilt is a huge "monkey " on caregivers backs.  😄

Best wishes, write when you can.
NatR 👍🏻

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Reply by NatR
17 Mar 2016, 4:35 PM

One more thing Fraley,
i mentioned mental health because I know there are social gathering places for anyone who is part of the services - and from what I see it's well attended Locally.

best wishes again 
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Reply by JennJilks
17 Mar 2016, 11:06 PM


Adult Day Away Programs


What are they?
Adult Day Away Programs (ADAP) are offered in Ontario in various locations by various groups.
The programs have benefits for both the care giver and the care recipient. There are social and recreational activities delivered by trained workers. The purpose is to give some respite for those caring for seniors with cognitive disabilities or dementia.

I work part-time as a Peer Health Educator for The Friends, a non-profit Transfer Payment Agency in Parry Sound. They offer many services, one of which isan ADAP.

Where are they located?
They can be held in Legions, Community Centres, YMCAs, various locations in towns and cities across North America. In Ontario, 211Ontario will tell you, or your CCAC Charge Nurse.

Many local groups offer these services, LakeheadVON of Central Ontario, for example. The Alzheimer Society of Ottawa has a list of senior day care providers, check with your local Alzheimer Society for more information.

These program present opportunities for

  • companionship

  • peer relationships

  • assistance with ADL (snacks, toileting routines, lunch)

  • socialization

  • recreational activities - cards, games, woodworking

  • a safe, dependable routines

  • guest speakers

  • fun

  • fitness

In Canada this is a government-supported initiative, through the Provincial Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care.

Many of these groups offer transportation, as well, enabling caregivers to get some valuable respite from the demands of caring for others. Caregivers are atgreat risk for stress and this program provides the type of support that allows seniors to stay in their own homes longer.

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