Expansion of Adult Day Services at Peel Long Term Care Centres
Enhanced services, hours will benefit clients and caregivers
(Mississauga/Brampton) – An infusion of funding from the Local Health Integration Networks (CWLHIN, MHLHIN), through the “Aging at Home” initiative, has enabled the Adult Day Service at four Region of Peel Long Term Care Centres to expand their hours and introduce new programs and services to a greater number of clients.
Often called one of the best kept secrets in elder care, the Adult Day Service gives a much-needed break to the caregiver(s), while providing social and recreational activities for clients who may be socially isolated, and therapeutic programs for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, chronic illnesses and mental health concerns, such as depression.
With the new funding, Peel Manor Adult Day Service in Brampton is now open seven days a week. “Current demand for the ADS is outpacing our ability to meet the need,” says Jennifer D’Amico, Supervisor of Adult Day and Community Services at Peel Manor. “The expanded hours, which began on September 4, are being well received by many of our existing clients and those who have been waiting for a space to open up.”
Clients who are frail and have heavier care needs will benefit from enhanced ADS services being offered at Peel Manor, Davis Centre, Malton Village and Sheridan Villa. Those services include physiotherapy assessment and treatment, bathing and showering programs, and holistic therapies like gardening, aromatherapy and music therapy. Caregivers are supported as well, through the provision of information, referrals and coaching around challenges in the home.
“These programs are a lifeline to many people who might otherwise be sitting home alone with the remote or have to move into a long-term care home because they can’t stay home alone,” says Carolyn Clubine, Director of Long Term Care at Peel. “We hear from caregivers all the time who are grateful to have some time to attend to errands and their own jobs.”
As the population ages, reliance on ADS programs is only going to grow. That need is even more pronounced in Peel, where a 90 per cent increase in the population of seniors is projected by 2016.
The cost of the program is reasonable at $19.50 per day, with needs-tested subsidies available. In addition to the programs, clients are given hot nutritious lunches, and morning and afternoon snacks.
“We’re always looking for new ways to support the seniors in our community,” says Malton Village Administrator Wendy Beattie, “and so it’s exciting to be able to launch these new programs.”
For more information about ADS programs offered at Region of Peel Long Term Care Centres, please call 905-799-7700, or visit www.peelregion.ca/ltc