Over the past few weeks, I’ve posted several blogs regarding my aunt, as she is recovering from a broken hip. Around the same time my aunt broke her hip, my father enrolled in a program at Baycrest, specifically at the Freeman Family Day Centre. The program is a day program for seniors, allowing them to keep active and engaged while socializing with other seniors.
Once accepted into the program, seniors can choose to come up to four days a week (the program runs Monday to Thursday) as well as either half days or a full day (full days run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Typically, the day begins with coffee, pastries, and some informal socializing. After everyone settles in, one of the group leaders discusses current events, which typically results in some entertaining conversations. The participants then get active with low-impact seated exercises, known as Stretch and Kvetch, which is run by one of the physiotherapists on staff. After morning exercises, several program options can be selected, ranging from art, to music, to book reviews or even movies.
After working up an appetite, the members all head to the dining room for lunch, sitting with those with common interests.
The program then continues until 2:30 p.m. with a variety of options for activities.
When it comes to getting to the program, there are several transportation options. Aside from driving or taking the bus, many attendees use taxis, Wheel-Trans, or iRIDE, to get them to and from the facility.
The cost of the program is approximately $40.00 a day, plus any transportation fees.
The program director and the rest of the staff are great to deal with. Whether it is helping new members adapt to the routine, getting coffee, assisting members to the washroom, or taking people to the next event, there is always help every step of the way. The staff are truly amazing people and are always there to help.
My dad originally attended the program and now that my aunt is on the road to recovery, she attends as well. Whether it’s the two of them or the other attendees that I’ve met, they all seem to enjoy it.
I know when folks hit 80 they become very set in their schedules, but for anyone that has a senior in the family and wants to keep them busy and active, I personally recommend the Freeman Family Day Centre.
Baycrest, Freeman Family Day Centre