Currently the Seniors Resource Centre has moved to a new location so that we can better serve the increased number of clients using the Centre. Because of increased occupancy costs and limited budget dollars much of the support programming was needed to be scaled back. Our intent in submitting to GIVE 65 is to rebuild that support programming identified by our client base. It is hoped that we will be able to reestablish educational programs ( such as crock pot cooking, knit and crochet classes as well as offer some seminars on various subjects), recreational programs (games days, card games, movie events, relaxation therapy classes) and to offer some programming around holiday events where people living on their own are most isolated.
We are your trusted partners, shaping the future of health care at Burnaby Hospital and Fellburn Care Centre. With the help of forward-thinking donors, we are raising funds to support programs, activities, and facility upgrades at Fellburn that create comfort, and a home like space for residents and their families. We show our caring through relationships respecting individuality, diversity, and honouring the whole person. We strive to add quality to the lives of the people in our community through healthcare, recreation, and spiritual support. We believe in resident-centered care and individual choice. We encourage people to make decisions through collaboration using open and respectful communication.
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.
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!