October 5, 2016
Clients and staff of the first-ever Adult Day Program in Lloydminster are celebrating the first anniversary of the service that supports individuals in need of home health care to remain in their own home as long as possible.
The Lloydminster Adult Day Program (ADP) was launched on September 28, 2015 in the new Lloydminster Continuing Care facility.
In its first year of operation, 30 clients have received assistance with personal care, nutrition and mobility needs, along with relief from isolation and depression in a supportive, family-like environment, and opportunities to build positive relationships through activities, entertainment, and socialization.
“The Adult Day Program has been a life saver for me,” said client Theresa Stewart. “If not for the program, I would be at home looking at four walls. I have met new friends. We do arts and crafts, and we have nutritious meals and snacks,” Stewart added.
“I definitely recommend the program to anyone,” Stewart stated. “I am now motivated to get up and get moving, and to do more for myself. The program helped me get back on my feet. Before I began in the Adult Day Program, my kids were doing everything for me. Now I help them with things like sweeping the floor and doing the dishes,” she said.
Cheri Lynn Garris, ADP and Home Care Team Manager, said 13 clients are currently participating in the program. “We have an average of six to seven clients attending per day and our goal is to have a daily average of 10,” explained Garris.
‘The program continues to expand and grow,” she added. “In August alone, there were 117 visits to the ADP.”
Randa Scott-Olsen, Home Care Manager in Lloydminster said, “The program is meeting a need in the community for alternatives to long-term care. ADP is helping keep clients in their own homes as long as possible and is helping provide relief for the spouse, family member, or other caregiver while the client is at the day program.”
The Adult Day Program is part of Prairie North Health Region's Home Care program and is available to clients Mondays through Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (except statutory holidays). Access to the ADP is through Home Care and clients can attend as often as five days per week, depending on their assessed needs. Each client is assessed to see how he or she fits into the program structure and how well the ADP is able to meet the unique needs of each individual.
Clients are charged a fee to participate in the ADP. Fees are set by the provincial government. Transportation to and from the ADP is the responsibility of the client.
ADP client services can include consultation with physical, occupational, and recreational therapists, dietitians, and social workers. Clients also have access to personal care services, hairdressing, ministerial and computer services.
To mark the program's first anniversary, a Come and Go Tea is being held from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the ADP location Room 037, Lloydminster Continuing Care facility 7401 – 29 Street, Lloydminster. Everyone is welcome to attend.
For more information or to arrange interviews, contact:
Linda Lewis, Communications Officer
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