Goldie's Place Active Day Program for Adults

Organization Sponsor: Shalom Village

Organization Partner: McMaster University


Program Description

Goldie's Place is an active Day Program for adults living in the community who have physical or cognitive impairments. From Monday to Thursday, various recreational activities are provided, including lunch and snack, and assistance where necessary. Goldie's Place provides a secure, friendly environment, promotes health maintenance, and provides opportunities for socialization and caregiver relief.
Goldie's Place provides a home away from home for adults who benefit from regular interaction with health and rehabilitative professionals. Activities are flexible and varied to meet the diverse needs of our participants. Social and health promotion programs are provided in concert with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care Adult Day Program standards.

Goldie's Place provides peace of mind for families - allowing them time for work and personal activities. Caregivers at home are afforded respite from responsibilities that can be overwhelming at times.

Goldie's Place is an integral component of the Shalom Village community and participants have access to the many services available, including The Club Fitness Centre, Bubbi Bessie's Cafe and The Classic Theatre. By participating in stimulating activities, Goldie's participants' quality of life is enriched and their scope of experiences is expanded.

A popular tool for participants is the Snoezelen Room. “People whose abilities are diminished due to Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases can stimulate their brain with the aromatherapy, bubble tubes, music and fiber optics,” Morden says. “Agitated people who can’t express what they want relax, and it works well for soothing palliative patients.”

Program Approximate Cost: 

$15.00 a day

Funding Sources: 

Shalom Village Charitable Foundation , Ministry of Health & Long Term Care

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Shalom Village is a pioneering non-profit organization in Hamilton, Ontario that provides a community of services for older adults. Accreditation Canada review confirms that Shalom Village meets or exceeds all 522 National Standards established by the Canadian Council on Health Facilities Accreditation,

Impact Of Program: 

Today, AT HOME is thriving among the 260 staff and 205 residents.

Evaluation Tools: 

Shalom Village is accredited by Accreditation Canada, an independent not-for-profit organization that develops standards for health care and provides tools to measure and evaluate outcomes. In their report presented to a packed audience of Shalom Village staff and residents, the surveyors from Accreditation Canada reviewed the evidence they had found that clearly demonstrates the ongoing excellence, creativity and innovation that is Shalom Village. They stated "you have an outstanding clinical team and are commended for all that you offer."

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Shalom Village welcomes residents of all faiths, and provides nursing and personal care on a 24-hour basis. Care is supervised by registered nurses, and we have a staff doctor to guide the medical care of our residents. What makes Shalom Village different is our unique "AT HOME" approach to care. Our goal is to help people maintain their quality of life as they move from home to Shalom. Our Community Centre offers a wide variety of social and recreational programs. All residents have access to The Club fitness centre, the Snoezelen, and many innovative entertainment and therapeutic opportunities.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Our focus has been about continuous innovation, raising the bar for quality, and creating and building the AT HOME model of care. In partnership with other care providers, the Ministry of Health and Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN) and our donors, unique programs and services have been implemented such as the Club, the Ruth Sherman Centre for Education and Research, Goldie’s Place, MilliMobile services, and Ontario Telemedicine in the Classic Theatre.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Originated in 1981

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