The Campbell River and District Adult Care Society is celebrating 40 years of serving seniors in our community this week, and looks to continue well into the future. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Campbell River and District Adult Care Society celebrating 40 years of helping seniors

Organization looks to continue to expand its programs as it heads into its next 40

“It’s a wonderful program for the community,” says Pam Mann, nurse administrator at the Campbell River and District Adult Care Society, seated at the desk in her small office just off the foyer.

Across the hall, there’s the murmur of conversation, punctuated by periodic laughter, indicative of a sizeable group of people pleasantly sharing each others’ company.

The society is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary of serving seniors in our community, but it’s looking towards the future, as well.

More on that in a minute.

The society began modestly, in the basement of a local church, and has grown over the years into the entity is today, increasing its programming alongside the commuity’s increased need for it.

The society now resides on the property of the Forde House – also home to the Willow Point Supportive Living Society – on Larwood Road in Willow Point and its services have expanded to now allow for both a morning and afternoon social club at the facility, along with its popular outings and trips for local seniors.

“When I first started 10 years ago, we only had 10 to 15 clients in here,” Mann says, “but there was clearly a need in the community, and I came from nursing for 20 years, working with people with dementia and older adults. My whole scope of practice was working in geriatrics. So I turned the focus here into prevention – how to prevent all the small infections, putting out small fires that happen sometimes, fall prevention – and educating seniors on all the ways to help them stay at home longer and safer.”

In an attempt to do that, Mann and her team started putting on what she calls, “little workshops,” where local seniors could learn ways to take better care of themselves. Those workshops soon blossomed into a full-on social club.

“These days we have between 38 and 40 people every day,” she says.

It’s not all classes and workshops, either. Some days they have local volunteer musicians come in and there’s singing and dancing. Some days they play horseshoes. Some days they do bowling.

“Every day is different,” Mann says. “You can’t predict what’s going to happen when you come here. You never get bored.”

And it makes a difference.

“Within a few weeks you see a huge difference,” Mann says. “Even family members notice a difference right away in their mental well-being, their physical well being. It makes a difference to these people when they’re going somewhere that they get a hot meal – maybe the only one they get that day – and they’re welcomed at the door, and they get a hug, and they make friends.”

On Friday this week, as part of their 40th anniversary, they’ve sold 80 tickets for the celebration and fundraiser, and the hall will be filled with live music, food and drink, and a wonderful energy.

They will also, officially, announce an expansion of their programming.

“Our bigger goal for the community is to one day be able to be accessible to all the seniors,” Mann says. “Not everybody can get to the program, so right now we’re starting a mobile program where we will go hold sessions in Black Creek at Halbe Hall to give seniors in that community an opportunity to come to the program.”

So for the next six months, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, a bus will head out and collect seniors along the way and in the area and run a similar program for the afternoon. Anyone interested in being a part of that program should contact the centre at 250-923-0991.

They’re hoping, eventually, to receive a donation of land somewhere so they can open a facility that will be accessible to everyone, as they’re running out of space for their growing programs.

But for now, they’ll make whatever difference they can in the lives of the seniors they serve, as they’ve always done for the past 40 years.

For more on the society, visit cradultcare.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Mount Washington to open Dec. 4 with COVID-19 protocols in place

Reservations for some services, face coverings will be required

Quadra Island adds voice to provincial old growth protest

Demonstrators and phoning campaign put pressure on provincial government

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 20 to 26

Rabbit Day, Hobbit Day and One-Hit Wonder Day are all coming up this week

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

B.C. or Ontario? Residential school survivors fight move of court battle

It’s now up to Ontario’s Court of Appeal to sort out the venue question

Body discovered floating in water near Lasqueti Island

JRCC reports personnel aboard fishing vessel made the find

Young B.C. cancer survivor rides 105-km with Terry Fox’s brother

Jacob Bredenhof and Darrell Fox’s cycling trek raises almost $90,000 for cancer research

B.C. migrant, undocumented workers rally for permanent residency program

Rally is part of the Amnesty for Undocumented Workers Campaign led by the Migrant Workers Centre

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Preparations underway for pandemic election in Saskatchewan and maybe B.C.

Administrators in B.C. and around the country are also looking to expand voting by mail during the pandemic

Nearly 20 per cent of COVID-19 infections among health-care workers by late July

WHO acknowledged the possibility that COVID-19 might be spread in the air under certain conditions

‘Bad blood’ over pathology issue, says Island Health medical director

Regional hospital district board pushes for pathology service in Courtenay, Campbell River

Most Read