Glace Bay Adult Day Program holding open house

It’s one of the best kept secrets in Glace Bay, but the staff at the Glace Bay Adult Day Program is hoping to change that.

“Even though our program has been around for many years, people are often surprised to hear about us and the services we provide so we’re raising awareness to let people know where we are and what we do,” says Robin Abbass, recreational therapist with the program.

To raise awareness, the staff is holding an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. in the ambulatory care area on the main floor at the Glace Bay Hospital. The event gives people an opportunity to meet the staff and see firsthand how the program works.

The program offers a safe, supportive environment and has two main objectives: to give some adults an opportunity to get out of the house and receive physical, cognitive and social stimulation and to give some caregivers a much needed break to attend to their own personal needs or simply to rest and relax. Activities within the program are designed to enrich the clients’ lives, building on each person’s skills, knowledge, abilities and strengths.

“We provide health care in the form of health promotion and education for caregivers, nutritious snacks, meals and personal care if it’s needed,” says Abbass. “Our therapeutic recreation includes strengthening and other mild exercise, arts & crafts, discussion groups and age appropriate & mentally stimulating games.”

During the year, the program also takes part in local outings, hosts musical groups and sing-a-longs and holds holiday and special event celebrations.

The program currently has about 15 active clients and room for more. Clients can refer themselves to the program or be referred to the program by family members or any health professional. They are then assessed based on admission criteria. While many clients are older adults, adults of all ages are welcome. Clients should be medically stable and mobile with possible aide of a cane, walker or wheelchair. The program is based in Glace Bay but open to people who live in other nearby communities.

The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, Monday to Friday at a cost of $10 per day. Clients are responsible to provide all personal care items and medications. Program attendance is flexible. Some clients come to the program daily. Others take part two or three days a week. Some come for half-days. For more information about the program, call 902-842-2807.

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Program staff will be available for interviews on Wednesday, Oct. 25 during the open house.

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