Peel Manor Adult Day Service now Open on Weekends
Services and Hours Expanded to Meet Rising Demand
Growing demand for the services provided by the Adult Day Service (ADS) at Peel Manor has resulted in an expansion of the service to Saturdays and Sundays. The funds for the expansion are being provided by the Central West Local Health Integration Network (CWLHIN) through the provincial Aging At Home (AAH) initiative.
The Adult Day Service provides a break (respite) to the caregiver while providing social activities and therapeutic programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, chronic illnesses, traumatic brain injuries or other physical impairments.
“Current demand for the ADS is outpacing our ability to meet the need,” says Jennifer D’Amico, Supervisor of Adult Day and Community Services at Peel Manor. “The expanded hours will be well received by many of our existing clients and those who have been waiting for space to open up.”
Regular infusions of funding have enabled Peel Manor to hire additional staff and make enhancements to the ADS program. There is now an onsite bathing program in the “Spa Room”, physiotherapy assessment with individual and group exercise programs, and access to nursing and dietary services.
As the population ages, there is increasing reliance on Adult Day Programs. That need is even more pronounced in Peel where the Central West LHIN projects a 90 per cent increase in the population of seniors living in central west Ontario by 2016.
“The advantage of this program is that the client is able to remain at home with family, but does not require 24-hour care from the primary caregiver,” says Ms. D’Amico. “Adult Day Service participants get to interact socially with peers, share in stimulating activities, receive rehabilitation therapy if needed, and receive assistance with the activities of daily living.”