The family doctor has suggested that that we use an Adult Day centre. What is it and how do we access this service?
An adult day program is similar to a community centre or older adult centre. It is a place to go to participate in social and leisure activities in order to keep healthy and strong. Dementia specific day centres provides guided programing for all stages of the disease specializing in programs to stimulate the brain. Activities like music, exercise, gardening, baking, pet therapy, discussion groups, arts and crafts are programs that the person with dementia can continue to participate well into the disease process. Often the day program staff also take members out on day trips to the zoo, science centre and museums. A hot lunch is provided as well as snacks and refreshments. Most of the centres are open Monday to Friday and have extended hours from 7:00pm to 7:00pm. These programs are accessed through assessment by the Community Care Access Centre who determines accessibility and needs. These programs are also a way for the caregiver to get a break from the role of care taker for a few hours each day. Transportation can also be provided to and from the program. Please contact your Alzheimer Society Peel outreach counsellor to find out more about these programs and for a referral to the Community Care Access Centre to get the application and assessment process started.