L’Chaim Adult Day Centre has completed upgrades to its outdoor seating area. Additions include a custom-built overhead awning and new patio furniture. The purchase of this equipment was made possible by a federal grant from Western Economic Diversification Canada’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, and a generous donation made in 2014 to L’Chaim in memory Dr. Betty Horodesky.
The infrastructure program was established as part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the federal government’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
“Investing in facilities that support a healthy and thriving community embodies the spirit of our Canada 150 celebrations and honors our diverse and inclusive nation,” said the Hon. Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development and minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification Canada. “By providing funding that enhances access to the outdoor space at L’Chaim Adult Day Centre, our government is helping seniors stay connected and active in their community.”
L’Chaim was established in 1985 and provides social, therapeutic and recreational services to the elderly in a safe, supportive environment. L’Chaim strives to improve the quality of life of its participants by providing a caring and stimulating group experience for those who might otherwise be socially isolated, while also providing support and respite for care-giving families and friends.
The new awning will provide shelter from the elements, allowing L’Chaim participants (and others) to enjoy the fresh air no matter the weather. The seating upgrades will ensure that participants are able to spend more time outdoors. Outdoor activities may now include arts and crafts, Friday Shabbat services, trivia, meals, and more. Recent research has indicated that the majority of adults spend 90% of their time indoors, and this percentage is expected to be even higher for people 65 and over, many of whom are living with mobility limitations. However, spending time outdoors is essential to maintaining good mental and physical health, and to ensuring a high quality of life.