Tea & Conversation (T&C) is a weekly outreach program that ensures that even the most vulnerable seniors in the community are not isolated and alone.
As Calgary's aging population increases, so do the number of isolated seniors. Research shows that severe and prolonged social isolation leads to alarming increases in loneliness, depression, chronic health issues and emergency room visits.
Confederation Park 55+ Activity Centre's Tea & Conversation program proactively combats these issues through a weekly event which promotes social interaction through dance, music, and stimulating conversation in a supportive environment. An average of 500 participants a month build and nourish vital friendships, and access supportive social services. For many, it is their only opportunity to get out and socialize during the week. T&C is made possible through the generosity of donors and sponsors
Help us help seniors this Christmas season!! Our Outreach Navigator Program means a social worker would be able to meet with seniors in their home when age related changes prevent them from getting out in the community for help. They will will take time to listen to problems, help to navigate systems, apply for benefits or complete forms to ensure that seniors who cannot manage these things on their own get the help they need. The Outreach Navigator would be able to help them resolve issues, get connected to needed supports, like our subsidized housekeeping service, personal or health care, or help with tenancy issues, ensuring income tax is filed, and that they are able to get connected to food banks, meal services or rent supplements so that lack of income doesn't put their housing at risk. Seniors often face many issues as they age, like mobility challenges, cognitive decline, memory loss, hearing and vision loss and may also face chronic illnesses and these can isolate them. What we see happen is that the inability to deal with many regular tasks like filing income tax leads to loss of income/benefits, like pension or rent supplements, and that seniors can soon face an eviction and end up very stressed and even homeless. Through this support, seniors can maintain health, housing and prolong independence and live in dignity as long as is possible.
Welcome to our Alderwood Adult Day Program; a home-like space which supports the health and daily living needs of adults and seniors living with a cognitive and/or physical impairment.
This program is a welcoming, inclusive and comfortable space where individuals living with a cognitive impairment are free to be themselves and are treated with respect and dignity. Care and support are provided by staff and volunteers, along with meaningful dementia-friendly social, recreational and therapeutic activities focused on engagement, well-being and quality of life. Our Adult Day Program also supports informal caregivers by enabling them to receive respite from care giving responsibilities.
Our goal is to raise $20,000 to enhance the safety, comfort and therapeutic programming offered in our program. On an annual basis, over 70 seniors attend our program totaling 3,273 days of attendance in the program. Open Monday to Friday, the program welcomes approximately 16-20 people each day. In addition to staff who lead the program, our Adult Day Program is supported by volunteers who help with meals as well as activities.
Raising $20,000, will enable us to make several indoor and outdoor program enhancements which can include any of the following:
1. Purchasing and installing a dementia-friendly security system. This will enable us to provide a secure environment where individuals who have a dementia can be active and move around freely and safely without the risk or worry of unsupervised wandering outside of the program.
2. Keeping seniors active and involved with the design and building of a new senior-friendly garden. Our current backyard is unusable due to a deep culvert. With financial support, we envision creating a safe, and therapeutic space for seniors. The garden would provide an opportunity to increase levels of physical activity, the freedom to wander and socialize. This has been found to reduce agitation, improve mood, and raise quality of life. The new senior-friendly garden would include wandering pathways (wheelchair accessible), seating options, and raised vegetable/flower gardens.
3. Purchasing new chairs which provide comfort, mobility support and are conducive to daily cleaning/disinfecting. Our current chairs are in the need of replacement. They are 'high-use' chairs used daily for a variety of reasons from seated exercises, enjoying meals and participating in social activities.
Our program is a special place and a much-needed community resource and source of support for caregivers and adults and seniors living with a cognitive and/or physical impairment. Your donations will help us make our already wonderful program, even better by providing safety and peace of mind for caregivers and improved daily enjoyment and quality life for the individuals who are cared for in our program.
Belmont House prides itself in offering excellence in healthcare. But our tenants and residents often state their appreciation of our diverse programs and services, when explaining why they believe we are the "Seniors' Home of Choice".
Meaningful recreation and leisure programs are an integral component of the programs and services offered to the residents at Belmont House. Recreation activities are designed, developed and delivered to ensure that each tenant's and resident's quality of life, personal interests, abilities and well being are paramount. Art and music therapy, time in our beautiful gardens, sing-a-longs, discussion of current events, dances and themed dinners, are which encourage and promote interaction and a sense of community among tenants, residents, family and staff.
We are so thankful for the generosity of Belmont House Foundation donors, who make a rich array of programs that touch the minds and hearts of our tenants and residents possible!