Respite For Caregivers

Consider it your time away from caregiving responsibilities. And a day of fun and belonging, for the person you care about.

Club 36 is the Alzheimer Society of Calgary's Adult Day Program. It's a safe, homelike environment where people with dementia experience choice, creative expression, new friendships and more. Evidence-based activities like art, improv theatre and music provide physical, social and cognitive benefits to Club members in a failure-free environment.

Why consider an Adult Day Program?

When the person you care for is at Club 36, it’s your opportunity to hit the pause button on your caregiving responsibilities. Spend time on other things to nurture your own health and wellbeing, or simply catch up on other things that need attention.  

Our team of specialists are well-trained in dementia care. And we are licensed to deliver the Best Friends Approach™, which ensures that every person with dementia in our care has the right:

  • To be treated as an individual, with dignity and respect
  • To be in an environment designed for an individual’s abilities and interests
  • To be involved in work and play for as long as possible
  • To be with people who know and understand one’s life story, including family, cultural and religious traditions
  • To be outdoors on a regular basis
  • To have physical contact including hand-holding and hugging, based on individual comfort and needs
  • To be cared for by people engaged in ongoing training in dementia care

Learn more about Club 36 here
See Club 36 staff here

Transitioning to the program

We want to assist in making the transition as smooth and simple as possible, ensuring that your loved one is successful in this new experience. You can be confident knowing your family member will be cared for by professionals who understand their needs. 

How to enrol:

Once you qualify:

  • Meet with your case manager to discuss your options (special requests, needs and location).
  • Your case manager will refer you to an Adult Day Program (ADP) Respite Services Coordinator who will review your profile and recommend a program.
  • You can request Club 36.
  • The ADP manager of your preferred location will contact you for an interview to assess overall fit and help you decide.
  • Once agreed upon, you will receive an admission package with forms to sign. The ADP manager will explain the necessary paperwork and help answer your questions.
  • If you decide not to attend the program at that location, an ADP manager from a different location will contact you for an interview.
  • Your case manager will work with you until you find the ADP that fits best.
  • There may be a small fee for a hot lunch while attending, depending on income.
  • Once admitted, your situation will be assessed for fee determination. The payment may be waived, as determined by Alberta Health Services (AHS).
  • You are responsible for transportation to and from the program.
  • If you prefer, you can set up  Access Calgary’s specialized transportation services. Speak with your AHS case manager for details).

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