Opened in 1959 as the first adult day program of its kind in Canada, the Day Centre is still among the largest and most innovative in the country.
Day Centre Services and Activities
The Day Centre offers a variety of services and supports to promote independence, provide stimulation and to encourage social interaction. These include:
- Escorted round-trip, door-to-door transportation within a large catchment area
- Diet-controlled, full-course, hot, kosher lunch and snacks served by program staff
- Comprehensive multi-lingual psychosocial, physical, cultural and spiritual activities designed and implemented by the Therapeutic Recreation team
- Creative arts program with opportunity for artistic expression designed and implemented by the Creative Arts Specialist
- Counselling, support , case management, and education for clients and their families provided by Social Workers
- Health promotion and disease prevention activities delivered by Nursing
- Medication administration provided by Nursing
- Eating assistance and toileting provided by Program Aides
- Access to Baycrest services including ambulatory clinics, Seniors Counselling and Referral, Seniors Support Program, Psychiatry program and Brain Health Centre
- Respite for caregivers
65 years and older (individual consideration provided to referrals for those under 65 years of age)
No age restriction for Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) program
Ability to participate within program’s limits of care
There is a daily program fee and transportation fee. Subsidies are available for qualified applicants.
Contact the Seniors Counselling and Referral at 416-785-2500, ext. 2223.
The Community Day Centre for Seniors comprises two programs:
The Freeman Family Day Centre
Serves older adults with physical frailty, as well as seniors with mild cognitive impairment. This program provides stimulation and a renewed sense of independence for isolated or lonely community dwelling older adults.
Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Samuel Lunenfeld Mountainview Club
Serves older adults with moderate to severe cognitive impairment in a secure environment. In partnership with the Brain Health Centre Clinics, it also provides specialized programs and environmental support to meet the individual needs of those living in the community with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) or frontal lobe disturbance. The FTD program includes behaviour management techniques and clinical rounds with a medical team.
Hours of operation: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This program is funded, in part, by the United Way of Greater Toronto.
Seniors Art Engagement Program (2015)
In 2015, as part of the Seniors Art Engagement Program at the AGO, Day Centre members from the Freeman Family Day Centre had a guided tour of some of the AGO’s sculpture collection, were given a lovely lunch in the beautiful Galleria Italia, and the opportunity to work with a studio instructor who facilitated members creating their own sculptures with model clay which they were able to bring home with them!
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