• James Armstrong

NOVA Hudson Adult Day Centre celebrates five years of community service


PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

Volunteers and staff fête the Adult Day Centre project, a program offering respite for caregivers and activities for seniors experiencing cognitive decline.

NOVA Hudson’s Adult Day Centre marked its fifth anniversary with a birthday party atmosphere on Wednesday, October 10 according to NOVA volunteer board member Wanda Bray.

“By celebrating our fifth anniversary,” said Bray, “we are letting the community know we are here, that we understand what people are going through and we welcome you.”

The Adult Day Centre provides a day of respite for family and caregivers of cognitively impaired adults experiencing the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Filling a local need

Creating an Adult Day Centre in Hudson was the dream of NOVA Hudson nurse and Executive Director Judy Tellier.

“She saw the need for a centre in Hudson that provided service in English,” said Bray. “In 2012, there was a fundraising gala event and the proceeds were used for the Adult Day Centre project that opened in 2013.”

The centre is open each Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Parish Hall, 261 Main Road, Hudson, except for the week between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

“It has easy access for wheelchairs and lots of natural light,” said Bray describing the location. The centre’s program, run by volunteers, provides one volunteer per client. In addition, the NOVA care team provides a program coordinator, registered nurse, and a nurse’s aide. Many of the volunteers are fluently bilingual in English, French and other languages.

Program components

“There’s a chair fitness class followed by arts and crafts geared to the season,” said Bray adding, “Gay Elliott and Elizabeth Novak rotate the teaching time every Wednesday accompanied with music.”

Lunchtime is a home-cooked meal provided by volunteers. “It’s set-up as a family style meal including a homemade dessert,” said Bray. The emphasis is on creating a warm, friendly, safe, club-like environment for each individual paying special attention to the unique needs and situation of each person.

Music and nostalgia

Music plays an important role in day’s activities with approximately 45 minutes of singing and dancing.

“Sometimes Glenna Vipond plays the piano, or the trio of Bill Riley, Brian Bunch, and Dave Reilly arrive with saxophone, horn and piano music. It’s the oldies but goodies when it comes to musical repertoire,” said Bray describing how members get caught up in the singing and dancing. The definition of ‘oldies but goodies’ is also changing. “It was mostly songs from the World War II period and following,” said Bray. “Now we have younger people being diagnosed – the Baby Boomer population is getting older.”

Improving situations

Constant communication between the centre’s volunteers, the nurses, family members, and caregivers is an important factor according to Bray.

“In some instances, it helps improve the situation for the individual,” she noted. “And it provides a sounding board for stressed out family members and caregivers.” With a current membership of 18, the Adult Day Centre is ready to receive more participants.

“We have room for expansion,” said Bray with a smile.

Funding services

NOVA Hudson is a non-profit registered charitable organization that has been providing community health care to Hudson, Saint-Lazare, and the area since 1956. “We don’t receive any money from the federal or provincial governments,” said Bray. “We rely completely on donations and fundraising.”

Much of that funding comes from a gala event held every two years.

“The next one will be held Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Whitlock Golf and Country Club,” said Bray.

For further information and to register for the program, please call the NOVA Hudson office at (450) 458-5727. The services are provided for a nominal fee to help cover costs.

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