The Alzheimer’s Support Program is an activity-based day program for individuals experiencing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. The program offers engaging and stimulation activities to clients, and provides respite for their caregivers, in order to support individuals to live in the community with their loved ones as long as possible. The Alzheimer’s Support Program provides a safe and secure environment for all our clients, while enriching the quality of life for each individual.
“My husband has been an Alzheimer’s Support Program client for some two years. He enjoys it immensely, and comes home in the best of spirits.” – Spouse of Alzheimer’s Support Program Client
This program is for adults (19 years of age and older) suffering from any type of dementia.
The Alzheimer’s Support Program provides Psychosocial Rehabilitation (or PSR) services designed to promote a satisfactory quality of life. We also believe that providing stimulating and engaging activities to those experiencing dementia can slow the progress of dementia. This, combined with the respite provided to caregivers while their loved ones are at the program, supports individuals to live in their homes and communities for as long as possible.
This program has a wide range of activities to get our clients engaged with one another, the community, and their environment. The program is intended to keep clients active, laughing, and social. We try to be very flexible and fluid with our activities and often will change depending on the groups’ mood. Depending on the severity of the clients’ illness we try and offer as much choice in activities as possible.
Our staff are trained and certified to administer medication.
Weather depending, clients get outside once a day, which may entail gardening in our veggie patch or going for a walk along Elk Lake. We also offer relaxation activities such as art therapy, music therapy, and pet therapy. And of course we play a variety of games, from floor hockey, to ping-pong, to trivial pursuit.
Where and When We Meet
The Alzheimer’s Support Program runs Monday to Friday from 9:30a.m. to 2:30p.m. We are located at 5500 Hamsterley Road, close to Elk Lake. We can work with a caregiver to arrange transport and we also offer a transportation service through HandyDart at a minimal cost.
How to Get Involved
Referrals are received through the Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health), local physicians or case managers. When being referred we will ask the clients’ case manager to send goals for the client with the referral forms, this helps us in our group program planning. This program is offered at a minimal cost to cover food and transportation.
To learn more please contact:
5500 Hamsterley road,
Victoria, B.C. V8Y 1S5
Email: Barb Park