RAPELJE: College wellness centre a boon for seniors
Niagara College's Welland campus. (Bob Tymczyszyn/Standard file photo)
We have many seniors who live independently in our communities and can benefit from programs that help sustain that independence.
One such program is the South Niagara Health and Wellness Centre located at Niagara College’s Welland campus.
This very successful program is a good example of what can happen when you partner. The partners involved in the centre include Niagara Region, Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehab Centre, Niagara College, Niagara Health System, March of Dimes Canada and Community Care Access Centre and Feet First. What a team.
The program is funded by the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network.
Teresa Chambers, co-ordinator of the program, says, “Through our partnership of community and health-care providers, the program offers rehabilitation, wellness programs and community resource connections to help older adults become healthier, safer and stronger.”
The program provides opportunities for seniors to:
• Build strength, balance and confidence through exercise;
• Socialize with others who are motivated to stay healthy, safe and strong;
• Learn about health and wellness;
• Learn about resources available to support independence and health;
• Interact with students through classroom and clinic experiences.
The program also connects participants to resources in the community to further support independence.
The program provides an opportunity for an outing to make new friends and socialize. It operates Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
There is no cost to people who qualify except the cost of parking. To qualify you must obtain a physician’s referral. Clients must also provide their own transportation. If someone over the age of 55 would like to take part in wellness education sessions and group exercise programs they can self refer to attend.
The program is available to older adults who are medically stable. Participants must reside in Ontario, possess a valid health card number, and be able to transfer independently or with one person assisting.
For more information call 905-714-4407.
With our growing older population we need more programs like this that support older adults in their homes. We need to support establishing similar programs in other regional locations.
“True independence and freedoms can only exist in doing what’s right.” – Brigham Young.
This program is right for many seniors.