January 24th, 2016 12:50 PM
I believe care-giving should include some of the best practices of home-schooling. I had concerns and questions about helping my husband build his strength. I noticed he was losing muscle and getting frail. I asked a therapist, the gym and the fitness center where I could find someone who was qualified to do this. I kept looking for about 6 months.
One therapist gave me a number for the STEP Program. It turns out our province has a transition program to help people recover from injuries or medical procedures. It also helps people to find the right group if they want to prevent falls and injuries. These needed referrals by doctors. This looked like it would fit our needs. .
I found an application on line and completed it. It was also self-referral. I applied for my husband saying that I needed to help my husband find a way to stay active. It was becoming a concern. We were accepted in the 8 week transition program and it is held at Senior Centers: Alberta Health works with the Senior Center facilities.
As it turns out the instructor we have is Barb Turner. She was interested in working with Seniors, with Elders, with people with Dementia who want to stay in their homes. She wanted to help Elders build their strength to prevent falls and recover from falls.
We are in the STEP FORWARD program, a bridge or transition program for people who want to improve their fitness. She also is a personal trainer: http://www.3tsystem.ca/personal-training.html It is the first time I think she has someone with Alzheimer's but I am not sure. I encouraged them to accept my husband and explore how a caregiver might fit in. They were enthusiastic and even suggested that this could even be respite for a caregiver or an opportunity for me to go to my own fitness class. That would be a bonus.
It begins with an assessment. My husband was accepted and I agreed I would be in the class as an observer ready to assist him if needed. I am thrilled. We are almost half way through. There are things to iron out such: my having an assessment so I can take part and assist in activities, the role of a caregiver if one is needed in the class, etc. It is a wonderful STEP FORWARD,