Adult Day Program in jeopardy

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Participants in the Victorian Order of Nurse’s Adult Day Program meet Wednesdays at High Crest here in Springhill, where they are matched with activities, crafts and entertainment. The program is danger of closing if new members are not found.

SPRINGHILL – With a New Year started, the Victorian Order of Nurses is hoping to become part of your resolutions to be more active, creative and have fun.

It’s weekly Adult Day Program [ADP] offered in Springhill is in need of members if it’s to keep running, otherwise it could wrap up before year-ends, its coordinator for volunteer services says.

“We probably can’t keep it running too much longer [without new members],” Fonda Hutchinson said. “We might have to look at somewhere else that might need it.”

The ADP in Springhill takes place every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the morning filling with crafts, light exercise with plenty of time for rest and snacks before being offered a lunch and then local entertainment for the afternoon. Clients are matched with activities and programs based on their skill level.

Aimed at persons living with disabilities, frailties or dementia, Hutchinson said the program is also open to adults who think they would benefit from the program.

“Right now, typically, it’s seniors but is open to anyone with difficulties or are home alone,” Hutchinson said.

Started in 2009, the ADP is a result of a partnership with the Cumberland Health Authority. Right now, Hutchinson said, it could take as little as six committed members to keep the program going.

There is a $5 fee for the day, which includes all snacks and lunch, but free day-trials are available by contacting the VON office at 667-8796. Anyone interested in attending is asked to preregister at the same number.

Organizations: Victorian Order, Cumberland Health Authority

Geographic location: SPRINGHILL

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