The Good Samaritan Society, a Lutheran Social Service Organization, is a not-for-profit, registered charity with over 65 years of experience providing specialized health and community care services in innovative and caring environments.
In partnership with Alberta Health Services, The Good Samaritan Society CHOICE© Program (Comprehensive Home Option for Integrated Care of the Elderly) provides seniors with complex medical conditions (who might otherwise be eligible for admission to a continuing care centre) the advantage of living at home by utilizing the support services made available at the site.
Led by a multi-disciplinary team including a physician, social worker, chaplain, nurse, rehabilitation therapists, dietician and other health care workers who work with a program manager, participants come to the centre to access a broad range of services including:
The goals of the program are to:
The program promotes independence and socialization through a structured program with consistent, trained staff familiar with the client’s past histories and present care needs. Activities are aimed at life skills and what is familiar to provide for feelings of success and accomplishment. The CHOICE© Program staff, clients and families are partners working together and each partner has a responsibility.
The CHOICE© Program operates five days a week and can accommodate up to 45 participants per day with a maximum registration of 90.
A retrospective chart review conducted in 2012 substantiated that in the year following CHOICE© program enrolment, clients suffered less falls. In addition, the average number of emergency room visits, hospital admissions, and the length of hospitalization significantly decreased (Samuel, Mu, Dobbs, Babenko, 2015).
Samuel, S., Mu, L., McKay, R. Dobbs, B., & Babenko, O. (2015). CHOICE 15 years later: an evaluation of the CHOICE program. University of Alberta. Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. Department of Family Medicine.
What do some of our participants have to say about their experience with the program:
“A cure for loneliness”
“It’s good to get out and have fellowship. It gets me out of the house and has helped me form new friendships.”
“A chance to socialize and get out, otherwise I could not get out of my home and I would be lonely”
“It is a friendly, happy meeting place”
”A place that keeps my mind challenged”
Two locations in Edmonton:
Good Samaritan Place
Dr. Gerald Zetter Centre
For further information and/or enrollment into the program call Alberta Health Services at 780.496-1300.
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