Resource Guide for Family Caregivers
Adult day programs

Open to Beckley Farm Lodge Adult Day Centre (ADC) clients only. Access is by self-referral and/or through your Case Manager. It is open Monday to Friday. Clients to spend one day at ADC, stay overnight, second day at ADC and return home. Friday/Saturday will join facility activities Saturday then family transport home. Cost is $30.00, plus ADC day. One client per night.

Greenwoods

Open to Greenwoods Adult Day Centre (ADC) clients only. One client per night. Access is by self- referral and/or through your Case Manager. Open Tuesday and Thursday nights. Clients to spend one day at ADC, stay overnight second day at ADC and return home. Thursday/Friday will join facility activities Friday and then family will transport home. Cost is $30.00. Contact 537-5561.

Kay Ying Club

Kay Ying Club. Victoria Chinatown Care Facility. There are eight spaces each day Monday to Friday. Open to seniors from the Chinese Community. Access is by referral from your Case Manager for all care levels and self-referral by the Chinese Community through the Administrator, call 920-0310. The cost is $6.00 per day plus $2.00 for transportation if provided by the centre.

First Nations ADC

For elders from the four First Nations Bands on the Saanich Peninsula. Two days a week: exercise program and teaching the traditions to First Nation’s youth and the wider community. For referral and information, contact the Saanich Care Society at 544-1627.

Mobile Adult Day Centre Adult day programs provide therapeutic support in a group setting for older people, especially those who are frail, have chronic illness or have cognitive impairments. Day centers offer opportunities to socialize and share in a hot meal at noon. The importance of being part of a group, fostering a sense of belonging, is an essential component of day centre programming. A varied program of activities may include exercises, games, speakers, music, entertainment, crafts, a celebration of special events, discussions, and occasional outings. Health maintenance activities are also stressed: bathing/hygiene, medication monitoring, podiatry, grooming/ hairdressing, nutrition monitoring, activation. The centers have either a nurse on staff or nursing services available, if required. Activation assistants and trained volunteers provide a range of activities suitable for each participant.

Clients are referred by their LTC Case Manager (people cannot self- refer to this program). Case managers may recommend the program for two reasons: first, because the benefits of socialization for isolated elders cannot be overemphasized; and second, because the few hours of relief afforded the caregiver while their family member is attending the program is equally important. In addition to the respite, the caregiver also receives support from program staff, either through a formal caregiver program or individual assistance with both information and counselling. Individuals are usually offered the program for one day per week, and sometimes more.

Currently in the Vancouver Island Health Authority, South District, the adult day programs are being revised - some new programs are being developed and others are being closed. At the time of publication, the following services are offered through the centers listed:

Western Communities

Contact: 370-5788. Target Group: those with physical disabilities, unable to be helped by Home Support. Combined program with Adult Day Centre. Cost is $5.00 and clients find their own transportation.

Juan de Fuca Sites and in town

Mt. Tolmie, Aberdeen, Glengarry: Target group same as above. Cost is $5.00 and transportation is provided. There is a short waiting list. Contact 370-5788

Beckley Farm Lodge (BFL)

Offers 25 baths per week. Combined program with Adult Day Centre. Access is by self-referral by calling BFL 381-4421. The cost is $5.00 and clients provide their own transportation. Same target group as above.

Greenwoods – Salt Spring Island

Access is by self-referral and/or through your Case Manager. The cost is $6.00 and the centre is open Monday to Friday. Same target Group as above. Greenwoods will help with transportation if combined with Adult Day Centre.

Overnight respite

Beckley Farm Lodge

Sooke Adult Day Centre

Knox Presbyterian Church Hall, Church Rd. Sooke

Metchosin Adult Day Centre

Community House. Eight to ten spaces each day available to those eligible for Long Term Care. Referrals are through your Case Manager for all care levels. Open Wednesday (Metchosin) and Friday (Sooke) 9:30 - 2:30. The cost is $4.00 or $6.00 if transportation is provided by volunteer drivers. Two spaces held each day for those identified by the community. Access through the manager of Community Support, call 370-5789.

If you live outside the BC Capital Region, check with your local health authority about day program availability and fees. Day programs may also be offered by some hospitals, geriatric centers, long term care institutions or community organizations.

Any further questions regarding this resource should be directed to your Long Term Care Case Manager or to the Family Caregivers’ Network.