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South Asian Adult Day Program

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The Central Local Health Integration Network (CLHIN) has approved a South Asian Adult Day Program, through their Aging at Home Strategy.

This is a partnership program between Unionville Home Society and Social Services Network.

The South Asian Adult Day Program will deliver an integrated (cognitive/frail elderly) ethno-specific program in a culturally and linguistically sensitive manner. It will take place two days per week (Saturdays and Sundays) at Unionville Home Society, in Markham and will be delivered by staff speaking Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati and Tamil.

15 seniors per day will attend from the diverse South Asian community.

Transportation, breakfast, lunch and a light snack will be provided.

The program will establish a best practice model to serve diverse ethno-specific communities in Ontario.

The program will consist of:

  • Information on prevention and wellness philosophies
  • Equitable access to care in a safe environment to enable improved supports
  • Enjoyable information and activities, including the opportunity for socialization and peer support
  • Information to enhance or maintain a level of independence, including grooming and self-care
  • Provide a break (respite) to the caregiver while providing health services, therapeutic services and social activities for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, chronic illnesses, traumatic brain injuries, development disabilities, and other problems that increase their care needs.
Provide a safe, secure environment in which to spend the day including recreation in a culturally sensitive manner

Every year, the clients are taken on trips and in 2016 they were taken to the following:


1.         Ripley’sAquarium,

2.         Centreville Island, and

3.         Picnic at the Milliken Park.


45 clients and family members attended the outings.   Staff and volunteers conducted exercises, played games and took clients for a walk around the Milliken Park.   Clients were served pizza, macaroni and green salad and watermelon for lunch.  They all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Some of the comments received from the clients were as follows:      

·         - “This is my one time in the year I go to the park and enjoy.”

·         - “I look forward to this picnic every year because it is a lot of fun.”

·         - “By coming out in fresh air and being with my friends makes me very happy”.

- “I really looking forward to the next outing in August to Centreville Island.”



Testimonials from the clients on the visit to the Aquarium


  • “Our families often go to such places, however, they do not take us”
  • “This has been a once in a lifetime experience”
  • “Thank you for the wonderful care provided to us.”
  • “Please organize and take us to more such trips.

Click here for a short video

Click here to visit the Unionville Home Society website.


Flyers: English , Gujarati , Hindi , Punjabi , Tamil , Urdu

Brochures: English , Gujarati , Hindi , Punjabi , Tamil , Urdu

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