Expansion

Oasis has partnered with researchers at Queen’s University to expand and evaluate Oasis in four cities in Ontario.

 

This work has been funded by the Baycrest Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and the Ministry of Seniors and Accessibility. Each grant is specifically designated to supporting the expansion to a particular Oasis community.

As Oasis is expanded, a network of communities are forming to support the sustainability of all sites. In partnership with Queen's University, McMaster University and the University of Western Ontario, building residents and the onsite Coordinators are working to develop programming based on diverse needs. 

Kingston

Three Oasis sites in Kingston vary by geographic location and population, but are all enjoying their new Oasis programming! 

 

Kingston Oasis 1 in had already been working toward developing an Oasis program in their building when we reached out to them - serendipity!

Kingston Oasis 2 received generous support from their landlord Homestead Land Holdings Ltd. in the form of a dedicated Oasis space. 

Kingston Oasis 3 has been enjoying a series of activities supported by Queen's Occupational Therapy students. 

Belleville

The Belleville Oasis is actually located in the Quinte West region. This mobile home park is home to almost 800 residents, many of whom are over the age of 55. At our first visit there, we were greeted by a crowd of 60 people who were interested in bringing Oasis to the site! Now, this group runs programming each week out of the central Recreation Centre. 

London

Western University of London, Ontario has recently partnered with a group of three apartment buildings. Residents seem interested and enthusiastic about receiving activities right to their building community and many were eager to share ideas of programming they would like to see in their building.

Hamilton

Residents of the Hamilton Oasis are excited at the prospect of an Oasis Senior Supportive Living Program in their building. Many of the seniors agree that they have been waiting for a program like Oasis to help them feel more engaged and connected with their community!

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