Daily Activities and Leisure
How do residents become involved in recreation and creative arts therapies?
Various recreation and creative arts therapy programs and activities are available to residents each weekday, evening and on weekends. These activities improve the quality of life of residents.
Sunnybrook’s team of professionals consists of recreation therapists, recreation therapy assistants, art therapists, horticultural therapists and music therapists. Each unit has a designated therapist who will be in touch with each resident upon their arrival to discuss his or her interests and needs.
What kinds of daily activities can residents expect to take part in?
Warrior’s Hall (K-wing) offers residents a place to congregate and enjoy a variety of entertainment and special events and lectures. Coffee and tea are served while these events are occurring, at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Evening entertainment is offered at 6.30 p.m.
The Royal Canadian Legion & Ladies Auxiliary Games Room located in K-wing has a variety of games for residents and their visitors. Residents can enjoy pool, air hockey, chess, darts and a variety of board games. In addition, there are three computers in the Games Room for residents to use at their leisure.
Activities also occur on the resident care units, in music and art therapy studios, and outside in the beautifully maintained garden areas.
Is there a library on campus?
A Toronto Public Library branch is located on the ground floor of K-wing.
Books, magazines and DVDs / videos may be borrowed as in other public libraries. It is open to all Monday to Friday 8:00 to 4:00 p.m. Call ext. 2624 to speak to the librarian.
How do residents travel on outings?
Each month there are approximately thirty planned outings for residents such as trips to the shopping mall, legion halls, sporting events and theatre shows.
There are two buses designated for planned outings: The Legionnaire and Freedom for AlI. These buses were generously donated by the Royal Canadian Legion.
What are resident food and travel passes?
All residents in L-wing, K-wing and the Dorothy Macham Home are required to carry with them a personalized Food And Travel Pass that identifies their needs and concerns about food and drinks.
This pass is used at all hospital-sponsored functions at the Veterans Centre or on recreation therapy outings in the community.
What is the Snoezelen room?
Originally created for individuals living with dementia, the Snoezelen Room located on the ground floor of L-wing, is a safe and non-threatening environment in which the residents can relax and stimulate their sense of sight, hearing, touch and smell.
Residents do this at their own pace and direction.
The room is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for residents accompanied by a health professional, family member, caregiver or volunteer.
May a resident smoke?
The grounds of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, including the Veterans Centre, are designated as a smoke-free environment for visitors and staff.
However, there are two designated smoking areas for residents in the Veterans Centre. Veteran residents must complete a Smoking Assessment for safety and follow the smoking policies in effect.
May a resident drink alcoholic beverages?
There is an alcohol policy in place.
When residing on the physical support units, a resident may have alcohol at their bedside. They must be capable of serving themselves and drinking responsibly.
There is no alcohol permitted on the secured units for cognitively impaired residents. The Blythwood Club is located in the basement of K-wing (KB 21) for residents and their visitors. Residents will be served after presenting their Food and Travel Pass. Hours are Monday to Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.