At the Louis Brier, residents are encouraged and supported to be active participants in their home in a way that is meaningful to them. To support this process, residents are offered a wide range of opportunities to choose how and what they want to participate in each week. This intention is based on a holistic program designed to support personhood and dignity, quality of life, opportunities for self-determination, building community, spirituality, the pursuit of life-long learning and the utilization of strengths while engaging in meaningful leisure activities.
Programs and activities are designed to support residents’ interests and abilities. With an average of 350 robust programs offered monthly, residents are encouraged to attend the programs that are of interest to them anywhere in the facility.
Residents are encouraged to contribute to the planning, development, and evaluation of activities through regular surveys, Resident Council meetings and sharing their ideas with their recreation team. The recreation team offers programming six days per week, and includes small, medium, and large groups as well as individualized and specialized one-to-one programming.
The Louis Brier is a Jewish home, and Jewish culture, traditions and values are woven into programs where residents can explore creativity and self-expression within a variety of Jewish context. All major Jewish holidays and festivals are celebrated, and life-long learning is integrated into the programs that we offer. Holiday and festival themes are infused into every aspect of programming, including music, food, horticulture, creative arts and special projects, lectures, workshops, and discussion groups. Intergenerational programs flourish here, allowing visiting children, adults, and groups to learn from the resident’s experience and wisdom as they share in the important role in the continuity of their culture.
Our recreation team is comprised of a department Manager, Recreation Therapists, Music Therapist, a Jewish Culture and Traditions Program Coordinator, a Program Coordinator, Recreation Therapy Assistants, and a Chaplain. As well, contract service providers supplement the diversity of programs offered and include Horticulture Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Yogis, dance instructors, rabbinical and interfaith support and an incredibly array of professional musicians. Residents are encouraged to attend programs with a family member or friend and there is never a cost to attend any recreation program or special event.