Senior's Program

   

By attending and participating in our programs, older adults in the Town of Erin and Guelph-Eramosa Township will be provided with the assistance they need to live as happy, healthy, contributors to our vibrant community.

EWCS recognizes that the term “senior” speaks to one specific person and one specific need. EWCS aims to serve the adults who are aging in our community with many faces. Not only do we offer supports for the “senior” person in need of day programming, but also for the newly retired, the young caregiver and the overwhelmed “sandwich” generation.

We offer  warm and welcoming spaces for adults to socialize and take part in meaningful activities in Erin/Hillsburgh and Rockwood communities.

Our Adult Day Program (ADP) promotes wellness and dignity for adults with physical, cognitive, social, medical and mental health issues through the provision of activities, socialization, nutrition and quality care; while providing Respite support for the caregivers of older adults. We aim to provide client centered care with a focus on community integration and intergenerational programming.

For active adults aged 55 and over, we offer planned social and recreational programs that allow our rural community opportunities to stay active, healthy and socially connected with people their own age.

For adults in the community looking to form meaningful connections, we offer one to one support from our Manager of Senior Programming to ensure timely assistance and appropriate referrals as well as support groups for a multitude of identified needs.

If you or someone you know needs assistance, please visit our contact us page to get in touch.

 

Adult Day Programs: Our Adult Day Programs offers:

  • Social, cognitive and physical stimulation for frail seniors and those with dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease in East Wellington
  • An opportunity for seniors to interact with their peers while remaining independent in the community
  • Stimulating programming for each participant through a variety of therapeutic, social and recreational programs
  • Nutritious meals, snacks and refreshments that can be tailored to each individual’s dietary requirements
  • Transportation services to and from the program

Adult day program activities include:

  • Crafts
  • Games
  • SMART Exercises
  • Guest speakers and community clubs
  • Intergenerational programming
  • Day trips and outings into the community
  • Specialized services; such as hair dresser on site, foot care, hearing tests and dental checks
 

Supervision: Supervision is provided by caring and dedicated staff and volunteers sensitive to the needs and abilities of seniors.

The maximum attendees in the program on a given day is 18 participants. The participants include a mix of male and females who are are attending for a multitude of reasons; ranging from isolation, to limited mobility to the need for respite care services.

 

Care Coordination and System Navigation: The Adult Day Program is staffed by trained Recreational Therapists, Cooks and Personal Support Worker staff. EWCS staffing compliment ensures that our Day Program staff remains up to date and current in the Best Practice Training Standards as set by the Waterloo-Wellington Adult Day Program Network.

Our Adult Day Program is overseen by the Manager of Senior’s Programming who works closely with a participant’s network of support and his/her primary caregivers to ensure that participant goals are identified and met through coordinated care planning and community integration.

The Manager of Programming is available for one to one support of our community’s aging population and their (oftentimes) taxed caregivers. EWCS strives to create strong and cohesive partnerships with government and community agencies to ensure that identified linkages and supports can be made.

 

Adult Day Program Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9:30am to 3:00pm Seniors Centre at Centre 2000 14 Boland Drive, Erin, Ontario N0B 1T0 Map

 

Active Adult Recreation: East Wellington Community Services hosts a number of programs for Active Adults aged 55 and over within East Wellington, including:

  • Bridge
  • Light yoga
  • Scottish country dancing
  • Knitting and crocheting
  • Cooking classes

If you have an idea for programming or if you are interested in more information about one of the above, please contact our Senior Programming staff at 519-833-0087!

 

Transportation: For eligible adults 18 years of age and older, we offer friendly, reliable, door-to-door accessible transportation services from Monday to Friday to and from appointments within East Wellington travelling to the GTA, Hamilton, Orangeville, Georgetown and the Waterloo Wellington region.

Transportation services are provided by either a wheelchair accessible van/bus, a passenger van, or by car in the company of one of our many friendly and dedicated volunteer drivers. If you, a family member, friend, or neighbour need the assistance of our transportation services and would like to schedule a ride, or if you would like to become a volunteer driver, please visit our contact us page to get in touch.

Pick-up services are offered across the entire East Wellington area including:

  • Ballinafad
  • Hillsburgh
  • Eramosa
  • Orton
  • Erin
  • Rockwood

Booking a ride is easy!

Call 519.856.2113 between 8:30am and 4:00pm from Monday to Friday.

For new clients, register by providing us with the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Mobility aid (if applicable)
  • Address
  • Emergency contact
  • Health Card Number (if applicable)
  • Proof of income (if applicable)

Be prepared to provide the:

  • Date your ride is required
  • Desired arrival time at your destination
  • Complete address of your destination
  • Inform us if someone will be traveling with you (only support persons who are providing assistance to riders may accompany riders at no additional charge)

Please note: Requests for transportation must be received a minimum of 2 business days before transportation is required.

 

Eligibility: Residents must reside in East Wellington, be at least 18 years of age and meet program eligibility requirements.

Please call our Transportation Coordinator for further information about service eligibility.

 

Cost: There is a cost for service for our transportation program; however some rides may be subsidized. Please contact us for details or email us at transportation@ew-cs.com

 

Support Groups: We also offer our Senior’s Space in coordination with the Town of Erin for many support groups. Depending on need and availability group sessions and times may vary. We encourage those seeking support to call our Senior’s Programming staff to explore options and supports available in our community.

Groups that run include:

Aphasia Group Advanced registration is required for attendance in this group. This group is facilitated by Speech Language Pathologists and trained facilitators through St Joe Regional Health Center. It’s intended participant would be seeking further speech language support and recovery related to a stroke or cognitive impairment.

Coping skills for the Single Adult This group is aimed at supporting person’s identifying as either gender who have lost their partner. Groups are created and balanced based on expressed participant need. For example, group attendance may be open to both sexes or closed to one sex.

Alzheimer’s Support Groups Currently, this group is run out of a partner organization space. Please telephone Senior’s Programming staff for more information.

Caregiver Support Group EWCS recognizes that term “Caregiver” does not exclusively apply to those caring for an elderly person with Alzheimer’s Disease. This group aims at bringing together those in our community who are caring for loved ones; regardless of age.

If you are looking for support or a group activity that is not listed, please do not hesitate to give our Senior’s Programming staff a call at 519-833-0087.

 

Resources & Links: It can be daunting when you are a senior person or caregiver and you do not know where to look for supports. This is intended to provide a few links to care and support to help you find the services that you need. Please, always know, that you can contact us by phone as well with any questions for support that you may have.

Always remember not to give your financial information over the phone and be cautious about giving personal information over the phone such as your address and who lives in your residence with you. It is recommended that you request that an in person intake appointment be arranged to discuss such confidential and important information.

Some useful numbers: Eligibility for Government paid in home support: 310-CCAC Support for Caregivers: 1-855-ASK-ELIZ24/7 Support Line for Mental Health: 1-866-531-2300 Find Guidance on services: 211

Some useful websites: Support for Caregivers : the caregivernetwork.ca Support for those needing care: https://elizz.com/Services Mental Health Web Chat: www.MentalHealthHelpline.ca Search for Local Community Supports: https://www.caredove.com/wwcss Search for Local Government Funded Services: http://www.wwhealthline.ca/ Search for Local Community Support and Service Agencies: 211ontario.ca East Wellington Family Health Team: ewfht.ca

Guelph Community Health Centre

Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health

Waterloo Wellington Alzheimer’s Society