Kincardine day away program slated to close


By Barb McKay


A program that has long provided respite to family caregivers of individuals who are elderly, have dementia or physical disabilities is slated to close.


The Home and Community Support Services Adult Day Away program in Kincardine will shut down as of Oct. 1 and clients will be bused to Port Elgin to the Day Away program there, a long-time volunteer told The Independent Monday.


The program has been run by a handful of staff and volunteers for a number of years and is one of the few programs in this region that provides relief to caregivers, as well as social and therapeutic activities to family members in their care. It is funded by the South West Local Health Initiative Network.


The news was heartbreaking for Bill Subject who volunteers regularly with the program at the Home and Community Support Services location on Philip Place. He brings along his therapy dog to sessions twice weekly and is fond of the individuals he cares for.


“I love what I do,” he said. “And many of the people I care for I’ve known since I was just a kid.”


There are currently 17 volunteers who give their time to the program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Subject said officials with Home and Community Support Services in Owen Sound will be at the centre today at 4 p.m. to formally announce the plans. He said he hopes others will attend the meeting to show how important the program is to the community and urge Home and Community Support Services to keep it going.


Subject said it makes little sense for clients to travel by bus to Port Elgin, particularly during the winter months.