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In Spring of 2018, Bethany Care Foundation received a $1500 grant through the Red Deer & District Community Foundation’s Smart and Caring Communities Fund. This grant was used to help them purchase sensory therapy materials which has allowed them to rejuvenate their sensory therapy programming. These sensory materials had several objectives:
a. To provide seniors and adults with disabilities more way to communicate with their friends, family members and caregivers;
b. To proved the with opportunities to feel in control and successful;
c. To provide them with more diverse opportunities for social interaction;
d. To provide an opportunity to foster understanding, empathy, and friendship between residents in care and individuals outside of the care community; and
e. To provide more opportunities for community engagement between Bethany Collegeside and the greater Red Deer Community.
The success of the Sensory Therapy program at Bethany Collegeside has now encouraged other Bethany Care locations to adopt the same therapies. Since beginning this in other locations, residents and therapists have found it engaging and beneficial in increasing movement, engagements and a sense of meaningful activity.