The Grace Dart Foundation, continuing over 150 years of history, provides love and care to the Grace Dart Community in Greater Montreal by supporting a warm and personal living environment for the well-being of the elderly.
OUR VISION : PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
We wish to bring love and care to as many elderlies as possible in CHSLDs and to support non-profit organizations that provide in-home care to the elderly in the greater Montreal area.
Our values were chosen with great care. We examined Grace Dart’s work over time and chose three values that represent the very essence of who we are. They are respect, dignity, and kindness.
Respect allows us to recognize the intrinsic value of each person we help, because every CHSLD resident and elderly in our society is their own person.
In addition to treating our elderlies with respect, we offer them special attention and remain available to help.
Kindness is much more than a value. It is the approach that guides the actions of our organization. Our work embodies our slogan, love and care.
As a volunteer, we see first-hand the work the Foundation does to support the activities and individual needs of the residents. Our first thought is to seek assistance from the Foundation and we have never been disappointed. In this time of tight budgets and constrains, the Foundation is a blessing. They also support the recreation department with the café corner and the beautiful decorations are the courtesy of the Foundation.
I would like to thank you on behalf of the residents and myself for everything you do for us.
You cover everything that the government does not pay for, such as zoo therapy, music therapy and all the other activities that are appreciated by all the residents.
I joined the Board of the Grace Dart Foundation because I wanted to help make a difference in the care of the frail and institutionalized elderly. As a Psychologist, former Head Nurse at the Royal Victoria Hospital, and former Nurse Consultant at the Montclair Residence, I worked with aging patients who suffered from lack of support, whether it was family, financial, psychological, medical, or any combination thereof. The entire world is dealing with an aging population, which will affect not only how we age, but the economy as a whole. Investing in the health and happiness of the aging population makes both social and economic sense. Thankfully the Grace Dart Foundation has the well-being of the elderly at heart and works hard to provide a warm and personal environment to this important segment of our society.
Since August 2016, my husband is a resident at the Grace Dart Extended Care Centre. I am seven days a week at the Centre. I observed that recreation has a very positive impact on residents. The days of activities, be it games, music or songs, we see the smiles, the eyes that light up. Residents are eager to participate, they learn new things, use iPads ... For some, these are real discoveries, for others, they are friendships that are forged ... Please give generously to the Grace Dart Foundation for continuing this good work.
our areas of action
• Basic needs
Basic needs primarily include clothing, shoes and some toiletries. They can also include requests for assistance in creating a place or system to distribute basic amenities. For example, you might want to create a closet where less well-off residents of a CHSLD can find the clean second-hand clothes they need. Food banks and housing assistance programs are also considered basic needs.
• Loneliness and isolation
Programs that target isolation are mainly aimed people who do not leave their room (if they live in a CHSLD) or their house for physical and/or psychological reasons. Music therapy, pet therapy, support programs, specific volunteer activities, and even visits from clowns can be used specifically to combat loneliness and isolation.
• Socialization and personal development
These include any group activities where individuals can chat, create something, get involved, or enjoy a recreational or special activity or a cultural event that is not part of the basic programming offered in a CHSLD. For elderlies living at home, this could include fun activities that ease loneliness, or creative programs that help people get involved and contribute to something.
• Cognitive disorders
These types of programs include activities and tools used to serve people suffering from cognitive disorders.
• Living environment
In a CHSLD, the living environment refers to the creation of an environment where a person feels at home while being part of a community. However, this area of action also includes any program that supports a warm, personalised living environment that promotes autonomy, respect, dignity, intimacy, identity, self-determination, quality of life, consistency, safety, self-esteem, maintaining meaningful ties, and adapted care and services.
LOVE & CARE
IT’S EASY TO DO GOOD