Carling Adult Day Program: Ottawa Region

One day a week can make all the difference...

"I've met wonderful nurses, occupational therapists, case managers, and recently, delightful staff and volunteers of the Adult Day Program on Carling Ave. Please keep up the goood work. Your services are needed and greatly appreciated," Elizabeth F., caregiver of a client in the Adult Day Program.

Most people don't understand how stressful it can be looking after someone who has dementia - Carefor does understand.

Our Day Program provides a supportive "day away" for people living with dementia. Clients enjoy a day of activities designed to enhance their well-being, all while providing their caregivers with a day of respite.

Carefor staff have extensive experience caring for people with dementia. Supported by dedicated volunteers, program staff members work to ensure a safe and caring environment.

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Carling Day Program - a client and family member enjoy
             the shade in the recently donated swing 

What happens during the day?

The Day Program promotes a sense of accomplishment, body awareness and positive self-esteem. The program structure is flexible and activities are tailored to the client's functional ability and interests.

Social time
The day typically begins with a snack and conversation about life experiences, current events and any topic of specific interest to the clients. Birthdays and special holidays are celebrated.

Clients can choose from:

  • cards
  • billiards
  • board games
  • gardening
  • handicrafts
  • woodworking
  • baking
  • music
  • and other activities...

Physical movement
A 15-minute exercise program is part of the day's activities. It includes warm-up, stretching, mild cardio-vascular activity and cool down.

A three-course hot meal is provided. Clients may help prepare the meal with the assistance of staff and volunteers.

Where and when are the programs?

Carling Day Program EnteranceCarling Day Program
2576 Carling Ave. (across from Lincoln Fields)
Phone: 613-721-6496

Monday to Saturday: 9:00am to 2:45pm 
(There is no program on the last Friday of the month.)

Francophone programs are offered every Tuesday at the Carling Day Program.

Programs are funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, together with client fees and donations to Carefor Health & Community Services.

How do clients get to the program?

If caregivers are unable to drive their loved ones to and from the Day Program, transportation is available for an additional fee.

Clients are usually picked up between 8:00 and 9:00am and are returned home between 2:45 and 3:30pm.

A family member or designate must be there to meet the client at the end of the day.

There is a daily transportation fee for both programs.

Can anyone attend the Day Program?

The Day Program is specifically for individuals living with dementia. In November 2012, Carefor received funding for 24 new spaces.

Referrals may be direct by calling the Program Manager at 613-721-6496 or through the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) at 613-745-5525.

Student Placement & Volunteer Opportunities

Trained staff and volunteers work together at both of our Day Programs to provide a supportive, relaxed and engaging environment for all who visit. Volunteers are an integral part of the team. They work with staff and clients by facilitating activities of daily living (i.e. personal grooming), assisting in meal preparation, providing accompaniment and supervision during outings and participating in a variety of activities (billiards, gardening, etc.).

We are looking for volunteers with a positive attitude who have the ability and desire to learn how to communicate and interact with individuals living with dementia.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the Day Program, please contact Cheryl Conway at 613-721-6496 or by email at

Thank you volunteers for all you do at the Carling Day Program!

"The renovations of the Carling Adult Day Program created a real HOME enjoyed by clients and workers including us volunteers. We raise our hats to a FANTASTIC team who provide the BEST of the BEST to clients." Roger & Pierrette C, Carefor Volunteers

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