The Lifestyles program provides pre-vocational and leisure opportunities to clients within the Centre and Community Options Programs, and occasionally also supports individuals who live in other residential settings.
Lifestyles staff offer pre-vocational, craft, sensory, and recreational activities with a focus on meeting the interests and needs of the clients served.
The goal is to provide daily opportunities for clients to learn, work, and play through activities that give them a sense of purpose, build confidence and skills, provide social interaction, and offer an outlet for creative expression.
There are several program areas including: Branches, Anchors, Coffee Pot, and Apple Barrel, a fitness room, the Mountain View Boutique, and House of Sprouts Greenhouse. View House of Sprouts greenhouse on Facebook. Clients participate in the area that best matches their preferences and skills. Programs are tailored to a range of cognitive and physical abilities.
The Lifestyles program’s pre-vocational learning opportunities are made possible through contracts with community businesses. Examples include dryer balls that are produced for a local retailer, and Christmas ornaments that are carefully crafted for a large pre-holiday event in Halifax.
Depending on their interests and abilities, clients may hold positions within other KRRC departments such as Laundry, Food Services, and the Learning and Technology Centre (LTC).
Leisure and recreational activities are offered during the day and evening and includes a variety of both in-Centre and off-site activities. Community outings are usually in small groups suited for social learning and include activities such as shopping, museum tours, bowling, swimming, camping, movie nights, picnics, and sightseeing.
A Client Council has input into the types of programs and activities offered. Monthly Council meetings are supported by the Lifestyles Team, with elections held every 2 years.
Lifestyles operates under Clinical Services and works in conjunction with staff from other departments utilizing a collaborative team approach.