Day Centre for Seniors
Expanding to Accommodate Growing Need
By Sonia Ranieri, Manager Client Services
After two and a half years in its current location, the Day Centre for Seniors has outgrown its initial space and has moved to a larger unit in the same plaza located at Dufferin and Steeles in York Region. The Centre opened its doors at the new location on April 16th/12.
The Day Centre is funded through the Local Health Integration Network’s Aging at Home Strategy which provides community/health services to help individuals avoid or delay the need for long term care placement. While the Centre is targeted to Jewish adults who have Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia or an age related cognitive impairment, it is open to clients of all backgrounds who have Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia or an age-related cognitive impairment. Clients aging with a developmental disability and experiencing an age-related change in cognition are also welcome at the centre. The Day Centre is run by Circle of Care and Baycrest, with the support of partner agencies Reena, JIAS Toronto and the Alzheimer Society of York Region.
According to Tessa Wassyng, Social Worker, “our new location has so much more to offer our clients. We now have a second program room for additional programs and dining, and a quiet room which can be used as a rest area for members who need a break, for smaller programs held with Russian speaking clients and also for family meetings. The new location has more washrooms and dedicated office space for staff to conduct assessments and provide counseling on site.”
This expansion will increas the centre’s capacity from 20 clients per day to 35 clients per day. “We are grateful for the support received from the Central LHIN for making this expansion possible” says Debbie Taylor, Vice President Client Services.
Additional spaces are now available at the Centre. Referrals can be made by contacting Circle of Care at 416 635-2860, or by calling the Day Centre directly at 905-738-1128.
This profile originally appeared in Circle of Care's May 2012 newsletter.
The Day Centre for Seniors was originally profiled on Doing Jewish in Toronto in October 2009 and once again in May 2011.
Circle of Care, JIAS (Jewish Immigrant Aid Services) Toronto and Reena are UJA Federation affiliated agencies.