Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of July 3, 2006
Disabled seniors find home at new CSS residence
$1.1M home favours accessibility, recreation for elderly residents
By BILL GLEN
- WCR photo by Bill Glen
Darylan Clark, a resident of The McDaniel Manor, works on a word search puzzle.
CSS volunteers help the residents with a number of activities including scrapbooking, ceramics and singing. They take the seniors bowling, to hockey games, aquasize and to concerts.
Students drop in to spend time with them.
The seniors maintain an active social life, says Barbara Humphries, program manager for CSS. She oversees the daily activities at a number of homes, including McDaniel Manor.
"Our long-term goal is to identify people who are needing more support at the age and to provide an environment that can support them to the end of their lives," Humphries said. "And the ones who understand - like Darylan - know that this will be her home for as long as she chooses to be here."
The 10 residents happen to be female, although men are not excluded. Humphries said eight of the women came from the same home. There are times when finding compatible housemates becomes a juggling act.
"Sometimes when you support people as a group, you find the match doesn't mix. We do make changes or people choose to leave and live elsewhere," she said.
"What worked well here is that the eight ladies were already together dealing with the same kinds of issues, struggling within their environment. They fulfilled the criteria for living here and they all wanted to be moved as a group."
Humphries said McDaniel Manor does not have visiting hours. People are welcome anytime. But she does request visitors call ahead of time because the women might be out or not feeling too well on that particular day.
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