Recreation and Leisure Services

Shalom Manor offers a variety of therapeutic recreation programs seven days a week and most evenings until 8:00 p.m. The programs offered are designed to emphasize a Christian and Dutch cultural environment, meeting the spiritual, physical, social, cognitive and emotional needs of each Resident. A monthly calendar is provided to all the residents and a copy is also available online and in the corridors of each home area.

Shalom Manor’s recreation staff offers a wide variety of programming including large and small group programs, active and passive sensory stimulation, Snoezelen, Montessori approach programming, exercises, board games and physically active games, worship services, Bible study, socials, reminisce programs, individual programs, arts and crafts, baking and cooking, sing-a-longs, pet therapy, special meals, outings, special events and Resident’s Council. Also offered are theme days, one being Sinterklaas Feest, when, as Dutch tradition has it, gifts are given to the Residents on December 5. Christmas remains a religious holiday. Recreation programs are adaptable to include all interested Residents.

Independent Leisure pursuits are encouraged and supported at Shalom Manor. Jigsaw puzzles, board and card games are accessible to Residents and family for playing at any time of day. Shalom Manor also provides an in-house library. Dutch large print books are rotated regularly throughout all home area library stacks. There is also an English Large Print Borrowing Library offered to Residents in the General Store. Residents also have access to computers to play games, use the internet and e-mail. A volunteer is available to provide computer lessons, and with assistance some residents have been able to “locate their roots” in their native homeland.

The following in-house services are offered:

  • Physiotheraphy
  • Hairdressing
  • Banking
  • Breezes Café
  • Beautifully maintained courtyard
  • General Store with a library stocked with English and Dutch books
  • Billards Room
  • Auditorium for large gatherings
  • Activity Rooms and Lounges in each home area
  • Weekly church services in the auditorium