Serving Seniors with Excellence, Love and Dignity.
Radiant Care is a faith-based, charitable not-for-profit organization offering a full continuum of seniors housing and care at two sites in the Niagara Region.
We create a home-like environment by learning the backstory of each person’s life and incorporating this knowledge into individualized programs and activities that are based on the needs, interests, skills, and abilities of each individual. These activities provide meaningful engagement that is purposeful, promotes independence, and is cognitively stimulating.
Throughout our homes are specialized activity areas, designed to create a feeling of home and purpose by invoking familiar feelings and routines. Residents and tenants experience a sense of mastery and purpose, and their identity is reinforced, as they assume familiar roles and carry out tasks independently. Some of our specialized activity areas include:
Radiant Care has prepared several Montessori kits for residents and tenants to use whenever they please. Kits have been designed with different interests and ability levels in mind. Because Montessori is focused on the individual, our kits are changed regularly to reflect the individuals and needs present in our home.
We invite you to use one with your loved one the next time you visit
We have a Montessori binder filled with activity plans for staff or volunteers to easily facilitate. Each of these user-friendly activity plan has photos and outlines the purpose, materials, set up, directions, and tips for cueing. Feel free to check it out!
Our staff prepare individualized activities and group programs based on the interests, needs, skills, and abilities of our residents and tenants. As we get to know someone, we help them engage in activities and find meaningful roles within home that reinforce their identities. Learn more about some of the programs and activities our current residents and tenants enjoy.
Dementia affects declarative memory (the conscious recollection of facts and events). To help compensate for declarative memory lapses, we can put the information into the environment to trigger/help with memory and enhance independence. This includes cuing with signs or directions, or using familiar items.
Cues can be found throughout our home, inviting residents to engage with an object or in an activity. Cueing is also used with individual residents, based on their individual needs, to help with things such as finding their room, dressing themselves, or completing a task like brushing their teeth.
An invitation can be as simple as someone saying, “Would you help me fold these clothes?” It is often helpful to do a demonstration for the person then invite them to try. And don't forget to say "thank you!"
To provide more opportunities for engagement, there are activities throughout the home that have written cues inviting residents to engage with them and/or providing instruction on what to do. These cues help residents know that the activity is for them and provide direction so they can effectively engage in it.
DementiAbility training includes role playing practical interventions that help serve residents with Dementia
We know it can be challenging to live with dementia or to journey with someone who is living with dementia. You are not alone. We are here to journey with you and your loved one living at Radiant Care. To best equip yourself for this journey, we encourage you to view the Alzheimer Society video and links below to learn more about what dementia is and how you can support your loved one who is living with dementia.
We take the time to focus on each person as an individual. Someone with a past, present & future. Not just focusing on their personal care needs. We learn who they are, who they were and building them a life in the home that helps them contribute to the community.
Montessori is having the ability to deal with different stages of dementia and different personality traits. It has taught me different techniques on how to help the residents.
We utilize what residents' interests are and create programs that are authentic and genuine to the residents. We really like to focus on the residents and what they enjoy and care about. It's an authentic and holistic approach to care. We like to get to know our residents and collaborate with different staff.
I have been making toques for about 20 years. I brought this here and we got some of the ladies involved. They weren't sure at first if they could do it, but we taught them. We have made thousands over the years and sent them to those in need.
Montessori engages people in the home, making them feel like they're back home doing activities that are meaningful to them. It gives them a sense of purpose, worth, and accomplishment.
A Montessori home is a friendly place for the residents and staff. Since it was implemented at Radiant Care it has improved relationships between staff and residents by engaging them in meaningful activity.
I donate to Radiant Care because the money is used wisely. We have fantastic staff here. My donations go to make improvements for those who live at Radiant Care. We can trust our gifts to Radiant Care will be used for a good purpose.
• Children’s clothing & newborn baby clothing
• Markers, pencil crayons, dry erase markers
• Non-toxic paint, paint brushes, table easels, canvases
• Watering cans and gardening supplies (e.g. hand rakes, shovels, dirt)
• Sewing needles & yarn (only yarn for TM)
• Simple puzzles
• Sorting activities
• Coffee table style reading/picture books