The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) Antigonish Adult Day Program is, currently, accepting new clients as the summer season drifts away and fall fast approaches.
From a pamphlet about the program, it’s noted; “VON’s Adult Day Program is designed to assists clients in maintaining maximum quality of life in all areas.”
VON Antigonish manager of community support and volunteer services Dayna Barnes said the program hasn’t been “highlighted” as much as others, recently, because there weren’t spaces available for new clients.
“But with recent changes in programming we’ve made, some more spaces became available; so we’re happy to be accepting any new clients at the moment,” she said in talking to the Casket Aug. 29.
Barnes said folks interested can contact her (902-863-2547) or the VON office (902-863-5700), to get involved or just request additional information.
“It runs on Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.,” she said, noting there is a $20 fee per day.
“But that covers all of the activities which are structured around individual and group activities; around self-care, social skills and leisure. Some of that is art, music, current events and light exercises.”
Barnes added the fee also covers two meals during the six-hour period.
“They provide a light breakfast as well as a nutritional lunch and they work with the clients around nutrition and health promotion; a healthy, active lifestyle,” she said.
She further described the program as a “respite” for families as well as a “socialization” program for seniors.
“Who are living in the community and experiencing some kind of isolation or just wanting to have a little bit more socialization in their life,” Barnes said.
“And, with the bad weather coming, a lot of seniors don’t get the opportunity to get out of the house and see friends, or just socialize in the community, as much as they would normally do in the summertime, when they can make their own way,” she said.
“So it’s a nice program in the winter time for people to come in as well as for family members who are experiencing, maybe, a little more heavy care-giving requirements. It gives them an opportunity to know they can bring their family member to a program which is designed to enhance an individual’s abilities in a safe environment, which focuses on people and not the disabilities.”
She emphasized the “friendly environment.”
“Which is very caring,” she said. “They get to mingle with volunteers, staff and patrons and, throughout the day, play different activities such as auction 45s, crib … traditional card games seniors in Nova Scotia enjoy,” she said, as an example to go along with the other activities.
Angela Fogarty is the program, which takes place at 20 Orchard Terrace in Antigonish, co-ordinator.
Fogarty noted there is always room for more volunteers to assist with the program and interested persons can contact Barnes or her at 902-863-3282.
The program is assisted by community partners Eastern Mainland Housing Authority, JJ Carroll House and the Nova Scotia Health Authority.