DAY SUPPORT PROGRAM
The Day Alternatives Program offers comprehensive and cohesive services to meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities. Individuals accessing services choose activities that are offered mostly in the community and on site generally in a 1:3 ratio. The program operates out of a wheelchair accessible facility in S.E. Calgary. The facility serves as a meeting place for Individuals accessing services and staff to plan activities both long term and daily and as a “safe place” for days that specific Individuals cannot be in the community for various reasons. [due to behavioural concerns, and a center for group activities, courses, etc.]
Services are offered primarily between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. The primary intent of the service is to assist Individuals to develop skills, knowledge and resources needed to participate in the community as independently and fully as possible.
Supports offered by the program reflect individual circumstances and are tailored to specific areas of need. These supports may be short term (related to a specific task) or long term (to provide ongoing quality of life).
The primary areas of focus include:
- General Education and Interest including some Recreation and Leisure
- Employment preparation and Volunteering
The program will:
- Assist individuals to identify needs
- Develop individualized service plans with goals
- Use “change facilitation strategies” to promote Individuals accessing services success
The Cochrane Community Program (CCP) offers a comprehensive and cohesive day service to meet the needs of adults with developmental disabilities within the Cochrane area. The program operates out of a facility located within the Town of Cochrane. The facility serves as a meeting place for Individuals accessing services and staff to plan activities (long term and daily), a “safe place” for days that specific Individuals cannot be in the community due to behavioural concerns, and a center for group activities, courses, etc.
Services are offered primarily between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, although some unique activities may occur on weekends and evenings. The primary intent of the service is community focused thus the majority of activities are off site, accessing generic resources and consist of both group and individual activities.
All Individuals referred to the program must meet Persons with Developmental Disabilities- Calgary Region Community Board’s- Eligibility Requirements and can benefit from shared activities within the community.
The program supports the Individuals accessing services to achieve their chosen goals, promotes personal learning, development and independence through their participation in a variety of activities of their choosing. The scheduling emphasis is for these to take place in the community accessing generic resources and activities on-site with the intent of maintenance and or acquisition of a variety of skills and behaviours. Much of the focus is Life Skills and Quality of Life.
Outreach Support Program is a program that helps individuals get involved in the community to do similar activities as the other Day Support Programs (CCP & DAP) The difference from the facility based models is that the support offered in Outreach is one to one (one staff for each individual receiving services). Support hours may vary, according to the needs of the Individual from as little as 10 hours per week, but may be as high as 30 hours per week. The goal of the program is to increase independence and develop social skills, through regular participation in the community.