What do Adult Day Programs provide?

  • a day out for seniors and adults who require additional support to participate in social, physical and therapeutic recreational activities
  • an opportunity to participate in planned activities aimed at supporting a client’s personal capacity
  • programs provide a nutritious meal, refreshments, medication reminders and personal care assistance
  • daily exercise program designed to promote physical well-being and optimize health
  • family members and caregivers can have a regularly planned respite/support from their caregiving responsibilities while their loved one is taken care of

How do we join your program?

There are two ways of joining our Adult Day Program:

  • Please contact your local LHIN (Local Health Integration Network) and speak to your case manager.  If you are not receiving LHIN services, call (905) 523-8600 and ask for ‘Information and Referral Services.’
  • Call us directly at 905-627-3541 x2240 to book a tour date and interview. Our staff will help you choose the program best suited to your needs, show you our programs, provide you with some useful information and an opportunity to answer any of your questions.

We don’t know what group program is best. Can you help?

Yes absolutely! When you visit, we will work together to choose the most suitable program.

Group AThe Afternooners This program serves 21 members each day. It is ideal for independent people who enjoy a variety of activities and programs, and are physically and cognitively well. This program is offered Tuesday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Members enjoy the later starting time and a full evening meal.

Group BThe Happy Gang This program serves 18 members each day. It meets the unique needs of people with mild to moderate cognitive impairments such as memory loss, disorientation, and early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Our fun, active programs bring back memories, reveal skills from the past, and are intellectually challenging. This program is offered Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a hot lunch.

Group CThe Chickadees This program serves 18 members each day who need interventions that will help with their daily activities (ex. meal preparation, toileting) and participation in recreational programs. Members in this group include individuals with visual impairments, developmental delayed, multiple sclerosis, brain injury or have had a stroke. We have designed the program to meet the physical, social and cognitive care needs of all participants. This program is offered Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a hot lunch.

The Special Needs Program – This program is a specialized service for members with significant cognitive impairment or other disabilities. It is offered in a secured, comfortable, non-threatening, home-like setting and allows members to socialize and enjoy meaningful activities. The day is a well-planned, supervised routine filled with activities that meet the needs and abilities of each person. This program is enhanced with horticultural therapy in our own “Enchanted Garden”.  The small group (maximum 16 clients per day), allows staff to focus on the unique needs and abilities of each person. Most clients participate a few times each week, which allows for caregiver relief. This program is offered Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes a hot lunch.

What types of programs and activities do you offer?

We offer a variety of programs which include Bocce Ball, Small Group Discussions, Word Games, Bowling, Team Activities, Brain Teasers, Exercises, One to One Interactions, Trivia, Arts/Painting, Puzzle Solving, Baking Groups, Travelogues, Sing-a-long’s, Gardening Programs, Debates, Educational Lectures, Guest Speakers, Musicians, Entertainers, Montessori activities and much more!

Is this a new program? How did you get started?

The Sisters of St. Joseph’s established the program at St. Joseph’s Villa in 1972. They recognized the need for caregiver relief. They knew the community could do more to support adults and seniors with physical disabilities, cognitive impairments or diminishing physical conditions and social interaction. Today, the Adult Day Program is grateful for the support of the City of Hamilton, United Way Halton & Hamilton, Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB – LHIN).

What else happens at St. Joseph’s Villa?

St. Joseph’s Villa is an active, vibrant community. As one of the largest and most innovative long term care homes in Ontario, we offer unique on-site amenities that include a beauty & hair salon, bowling alley, café, chapel, clothing boutique, community medical clinics, library, therapeutic pool, Seniors in Motion (S.I.M.) gym for ages 55+, short stay respite care and more.

I need to go away for 2 weeks. My loved one needs 24/7 care and supervision. What do you suggest?

We provide short stay respite care. For information about how we can support you, please call Dawn at 905-627-3541 x2252 or email d_martin@sjv.on.ca.

Still have more questions that are not listed here?

Please feel free to contact Deborah, the Adult Day Program Manager by emailing d_fernandes@sjv.on.ca or by phone at 905-627-3541 x2240.

Maureen Ellis CEO of the St. Joseph's Villa Foundation speaks about all the great things available at St. Joseph's Villa