October 16, 2017

History of ElderCare

1979

The association of Adult Day Support Programs evolved from a pilot project operated by the Idylwydle Community Services (now known as Mill Creek Community Services)

They obtained funding through a Canada Works Grant to operate one (1)  day program once a week at the Good Samaritan Auxiliary Hospital on April 2, 1979. The next year, we opened a second (2) program on that site. We also began operating out of the Grey Nuns Regional Centre (now known as the Innovative Housing Society’s Villa Marguerite), we then opened a third (3) program at the Central Lions Seniors Centre.


1980

AASDP was incorporated as a non-profit society on December 29, 1980 and was the only formal social day support program for frail elderly in Alberta.


1982

An evaluation of the program was completed and determined its role relative to day hospitals and seniors centres. The evaluation concluded that the program was meeting its major purpose of providing relief and support to family members of clients attending the day program.


1989

April 2, 1989 marked the Associations 10th year in operation.


1990

September - AASDP changed their name from “The Association of Adult Social Day Programmes (Edmonton)” to “Association of Adult Day Support Programs (Edmonton)”


1995

The department of Veterans Affairs enlightened some of the regulations regarding payment of day program fees for veterans and that some clients may qualify for subsidy.


1996

Knights of Columbus Hall closed December 19, 1996.


1997

First casino was held.


1998

2 Programs moved out of the Bonnie Doon Community Hall. Members of that group were moved to Central Lions Seniors Centre and the Montgomery Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Central Lions went on their first outing trip on July 10, 1998.The second Central Lions outing was on Friday July 10, 1998. The next two outings were July 22 & July 23 with the Grey Nuns clients.


2006

We signed our first formal contract with Capital Health Authority.


2007

In 2007, Donne Wulf approached David Adeney to help work on a new name for our organization. It is with Davids expertise, that we changed from “Association of Adult Day Support Program” to “ElderCare Edmonton Society for Adult Day Program”. We also re-branded the new ElderCare logo to refresh and renew the appearance of the organization1


2009

We launched our website: www.eldercareedmonton.ca


2010 

ElderCare Edmonton Society stands in the unique position of being the sole social day program in Edmonton supporting frail seniors and their caregivers in community settings.


2012

The first Caregiver Support Group meeting was held on March 13, 2012.One remarkable outcome is that the caregivers have been able to connect with each other and become a great source of support for one another. Meeting in a group setting also allows our social worker to build a stronger working relationship with each caregiver and provide further support on a more individual level.


2015

On November 26, 2015, the Victorian Order of Nurses announced that it would cease all services in Alberta as of December 9, 2015. Their services included a seniors day program located in Fulton School in the Capilano area. Rather than leave their clients without essential service, ElderCare submitted a proposal to Alberta Health Services on November 27 of 2015, offering to provide a seamless transition of services. On December 3, 2015, AHS awarded us the contract, and on December 10 of 2015 we commenced services in what is now the new ElderCare Connections Program.

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