L’Chaim Adult Day Centre completes outdoor seating area upgrade so clients may comfortably enjoy the outdoors
August 17, 2016, Vancouver BC: The L’Chaim Adult Day Centre (L’Chaim ADC) is pleased to announce that it has completed upgrades to the L’Chaim Adult Day Centre outdoor seating area. Additions include an overhead awning, custom built to the patio size and new patio furniture. The purchase of this new equipment was made possible through a federal grant from Western Economic Diversification Canada’s Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, and by a generous donation made in 2014 to L’Chaim in memory Dr. Betty Horodesky.
The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure program was established as part of Canada 150 Celebrates, the Government of Canada’s celebration of our country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Through investments in community infrastructure, the program seeks to invest in projects that renovate, expand and improve existing community infrastructure.
Investing in facilities that support a healthy and thriving community embodies the spirit of our Canada 150 celebrations, and honours our diverse and inclusive nation,” said the Honourable 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.
The L’Chaim Adult Day Centre was established in 1985 and provides social, therapeutic & 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 & friends.
The new awning will provide shelter from the sun and poor weather conditions, allowing L’Chaim participants (and others using the space) to enjoy the fresh air no matter the weather conditions. The seating upgrades will ensure that participants are able to spend more time engaging in outdoor activities, or simply relaxing in the sunshine. Outdoor activities may now include: arts and crafts, Friday Shabbat Services, trivia, meals, and many more. Recent research has indicated that the majority of adults spend 90% of their time indoors. This statistic is expected to be even higher for those 65 and over, many of whom are living with mobility limitations that prevent movement outside of their homes. However, spending time outdoors, breathing in fresh air, is essential to maintaining good mental and physical health, and to ensure high quality of life.