SJCCC opens new rehabilitation apartment

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SJCCC opens new rehabilitation apartment
The ADL apartment at St. Joseph's Continuing Care Centre. Submitted photo.

CORNWALL, Ontario – The St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre (SJCCC) has announced the opening of their new Activities of Daily Living (ADL) apartment for rehabilitation patients.

The studio style apartment will help rehabilitation patients transition from in-patient care to at-home care.

Thanks to the generosity of the Pommier Family and Pommier Jewellers the ADL apartment opened in late 2020.

“We are very grateful to the Pommier Family and Pommier Jewellers for providing our community a space like this” said Gizanne Lafrance-Allaire, Executive Director. “We are thrilled with the benefits we’ve seen so far and are looking forward to what the future holds for this space and our patients.”

Patients staying in the apartment will work with a skilled therapy team to regain their confidence to return home by practicing such skills as showering, preparing meals, washing dishes, reaching/bending for household items and transferring in and out of bed.

“This space has been a vision of our Centre for many years because we noticed there was a gap when patients were preparing to transition back into the community, ” said Leesa McNally, Director of Therapeutic Services. “Many of our patients live alone so we needed to make sure they felt ready to be on their own once away from SJCCC.”

The ADL apartment is a compliment to the SJCCC’s Slow Paced Rehabilitation program, which typically sees 310 patients a year with stays ranging from two weeks to 90 days.

“This space has allowed our patients the opportunity to practice those ‘real-life’ tasks that we often take for granted,” said McNally. “Because every patient lives a different life once at home, our ADL Apartment is giving us the unique privilege to enhance custom programs that are tailored to the needs, abilities and goals of each patient prior to their return to the community”.

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