EWCS supports seniors through Adult Day Program

ERIN – The Adult Day Program in Erin provides exciting and engaging activities in a compassionate, and fun environment four days a week, from 10am to 3pm. Despite the current challenging times EWCS teams continue serving its seniors whilst offering respite to families and caregivers.

Through strategic planning for inclusion the program empowers clients to actively participate in motivating cognitive and physical activities providing a platform for socialization.

Popular activities are Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, table volley ball, animal charades, Sequence, Rumoli, Cribbage and table bowling  to name a few. The program celebrates milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries and calendar holidays, the most recent one being Mother’s day.

During the month of April’s Volunteer Week clients celebrated EWCS bus volunteers by creating bus shaped cards with notes of appreciation inside. Other creative activities include designing birthday cards, reflections rainbow name tags and painted to the theme of ‘you are my sunshine.’

“As we welcome spring our clients participated in planting seeds for our vegetable and flower raised garden beds,” EWCS said.

Nutrition is key to the program and meals are prepared with clients input taking into consideration their likes and dislikes. The cook is complimented regularly by the clients for her creativity and diverse meals. Clients have said: “The lemon meringue pie was delicious, can we have roast chicken or fish and chips again?”

Family and caregivers have verbalized their appreciation for the program, acknowledging the respite it provides to families. While their loved ones are away for the day, families have time for self-care, catching up with errands and visiting friends.

Their appreciation was evident by verbal and written feedback: “I cannot thank you enough for mom attending the program. It is her highlight and she looks forward to attending every visit.” “Having my wife attend your program gives me respite, five hours to breathe.”

EWCS clients are asked daily at the end of program if they enjoyed the program, to share a particular enjoyment and to give EWCS ideas on what they would like the team to include in the program. Their feedback has been very positive: “‘today was a good day,’ ‘I loved planting the garden,’ ‘jeopardy was great fun,’ ‘can we do the wheel of fortune again?’”

For more information on the program, please contact Older Adult Services manager Francesca Fernandes at 519-833-0087.