Adult Day Program

Adult Day Programs

The Adult Day Program provides organized therapeutic health and social activities in a home setting, Monday through Saturday.

The four-hour program begins, for participants, with transportation on our community donated bus to and from their homes each day. Seniors have the opportunity to meet in the sunroom and visit with friends over tea and coffee while enjoying our famous, fresh-baked, Mount Newton Centre muffins. The day’s program includes socializing, games, chair exercises and often musical entertainment is offered by local volunteer musicians. A nutritious, home cooked lunch is served in the dining room.

This enhanced program has a staffing ratio of 1 Health Care Assistants to 4 seniors (instead of the funded ratio of 1:5). The staffing reflects the Mount Newton Centre Society’s commitment to quality care and safety for people who live with physical frailty and mild dementia. The Society provides the balance of the funding needed, attained solely by community donations, in order to offer this indispensable adult day program.

The older people who attend and benefit from this program are those who are living alone, who may feel lonely and isolated, or who are being cared for at home by a family member who is in need of a break.

To participate, individuals first need to be referred by an Island Health Case Manager from the Home and Community Care Program. To discuss a referral, individuals or their care givers should contact the Peninsula Health Unit (250 388-2273) or Royal Oak Health Unit (1 888 533 -2273) directly, or visit Island Health.

Please note that to be eligible for the program, individuals need to live within our geographic service area, which extends from Royal Oak Drive north, throughout the Saanich Peninsula.

Once referred, each participant is assessed and followed up by the Adult Day Program Coordinator – Registered Nurse. Each individual’s attendance in the program is on a pre-determined and regular basis.  The number of days clients attend the program is based on individual client and family needs along with availability in the program.

Adult Day Program Transportation

Transportation is a special feature of our program because it isn’t just about easy access to the program; a ride on the bus or in a vehicle is an extension to the socialization component of the program. This is particularly true when participants ride the bus.

A Health Care Assistant is present on the bus to engage participants in stimulating conversation. In many ways, we try to create a social group activity while riding to the Centre in the morning and then back home after a day at the Centre.