For most of us, being able to stay in our own home for as long as possible is a dearly held value. However, for many frail seniors, or those living with dementia, continuing to live at home can become challenging for them and, often times, their loved ones as well.

St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph provides a variety of support services and day programming designed to help people live their lives to the fullest and maintain as much independence as possible. Using a holistic approach to a person’s health and well-being, people receive the support they need to reach their individual goals.

St. Joseph’s Community Support Services include:

The Out ‘n About Day Program

A full day program designed for older adults who wish to remain in their home but experience difficulty with daily living as a result of frailty, depression, social isolation, and/or early stages of dementia. A variety of activities are offered based on each person’s individual interests.

The Alzheimer’s Day Program

A social club aimed to support adults who are coping with the specific effects of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. This program is run by highly skilled staff who bring expertise and extensive experience in managing the behaviors that accompany moderate to severe dementia.

The Overnight Stay Program

This program provides important respite for caregivers who need occasional overnight support for their loved one. Seniors participate in recreational therapy during the day and are cared for by a Registered Practical Nurse overnight.

To learn more about these and other programs provided by St. Joseph’s Community Support Services, contact us at (519) 824-6000 ext. 4417. For program referrals, contact the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network at (519) 310-2222.

Written by: Jennifer Hall, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation, Guelph

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