The Creative Expressions program is a unique opportunity for patients being treated with middle to late stage dementia, and their caregivers, to interact, create and experience art. Through participation in weekly, one hour sessions led by Therapeutic Recreationists from the Behavioural Health Unit, patients are able to express themselves, bond with their caregivers and most importantly, have a positive and engaging experience. Activities can range from hands-on art creation like painting and sculpting, to visiting the Art Gallery of Hamilton to experience art in a new setting and be out in the community.
All activities are focused on patient engagement in order to enhance strengths and abilities rather than emphasizing the challenges associated with their individual conditions. The Creative Expressions program can accommodate 8-10 patients at a time and runs year round. The Behavioural Health unit, where patients participating in the program, treated 144 seniors this past year.
Currently, the program runs thanks to the resourcefulness of the Therapeutic Recreationists . From using left over materials to engaging their own networks, they manage to plan a diverse selection of activities. With the support of the GIVE65 Initiative, proceeds will be used to purchase art supplies, arrange future trips for art experiences (such as visiting the Art Gallery of Hamilton) and fund visits from art enthusiasts and experts to lead sessions within St. Peter's Hospital. Having funds dedicated specifically for the Creative Expressions program will ensure patients are able to take part in unique, engaging and enjoyable experiences that are focused on their own self-expression and quality of life.
The GIVE65 Incentive Fund allows Home Instead Senior Care Foundation of Canada to provide matching grants and bonus grant awards to registered charities participating in the GIVE65 program. Individuals, businesses and foundations are welcome to support the GIVE65 Incentive Fund as a way to invest in the lives of seniors most in need of our help. Many registered charities throughout Canada are providing much needed support through meaningful programs, such as transportation, meals and nutrition, low-income housing, Alzheimer's and dementia care, hospice and charitable care just to name a few. Your donation is an investment that creates hope for seniors!
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.
Experts, caregivers and service providers from across our region have set out a vision for palliative care improvements, but there is a funding gap to making this vision a reality. This is where the OutCare Foundation can and does help. The Campaign for Comfort responds to the critical needs in our community by providing equipment funding that would otherwise not be available. Whether it's for new beds or ceiling-mounted lifts for patients, sleep chairs for family members, or wheelchairs and transfer benches for loan programs, donations to this campaign make a big difference and they are needed. Our community-based palliative care organizations are terribly underfunded. They raise funds just to be able to operate their programs, which makes it very challenging to replace or buy new equipment. This is why addressing this important gap is one of our priorities
With seniors making up the fastest growing age group in our society, the need for more palliative care is becoming urgent. If we are having difficulty keeping up with the current demand for palliative care now, which we are, imagine how much more challenging this will be as our population ages. The OutCare Foundation's Campaign for Comfort responds to these critical needs and will provide comfort and care to those approaching end-of-life.