Our Specialized Autism Program and more!


We are excited to be launching  our new specialized Autism program!


Facilitating this fun program will be our very own Donna Burrell, one of our certified caregivers. For the past four years, Donna has been working with a young man diagnosed with Autism.

Throughout her time with this young man, Donna has experienced huge success in teaching reading, writing and communication skills.

In addition to this young man, Donna has mentored other families demonstrating similar success and is excited to share her techniques and ideas with others who may benefit from her program.

Donna has partnered with Loving Hands and has created a comfortable classroom setting, specifically to facilitate her specialized training – mentoring activities, while ensuring inclusion, natural bonds and friendship are made.

It is Donna’s goal to enable parents and caregivers the opportunity to bring individuals diagnosed with Autism to Loving Hands, where she can evaluate their progress and work with their parents and or caregivers to develop techniques specifically aimed for their individual needs.

Within her program, Donna will focus on a number of specialized areas including: mirroring, sensory motor exercises, improving fine and gross motor skills, music, crafts, drumming and specialized activities to build brain connections, promoting reading, writing and communication skills.



“We have had the pleasure of having Donna work with our Autistic son for the last 4 years.

Donna has been the primary reason for our son’s improvement.  Her commitment and dedication, coupled with her loving nature created an environment where our son has learned to read, write and start to try to speak.  She implemented academic and physical routines and has taught our son to improve his independence and life skills.  Donna’s work is the main reason for the decrease in our son’s anxiety and difficult behavior. “

Tony and Maria


The program will be offered at Loving Hands. 216 Main Street Airdrie, Alberta T4B – 4K3

Hours Monday-Friday 10-3 for more information contact donna.lovinghands@shaw.ca

Cost $150.00 per month


Here are some facts about  isolation to help you stay informed:

  1. Both social isolation and loneliness are associated with a higher risk of mortality in adults.
  2. Feelings of loneliness can negatively affect both physical and mental health.
  3. Regardless of the facts of a person’s isolation, seniors and adults with disabilities  who feel lonely and isolated are more likely to report also having poor physical and/or mental health.
  4. Connecting seniors and adults with disabilities  with social resources, such as adult  centre is one way to combat subjective feelings of isolation.
  5. Perceived loneliness contributes to cognitive decline and risk of dementia.
  6. Social isolation makes seniors  and adults with disabilities more vulnerable to elder abuse.
  7. Social isolation in seniors and adults with disabilities  is linked to long-term illness.
  8. Loneliness in seniors and adults with disabilities  is a major risk factor for depression.
  9. Loneliness causes high blood pressure.
  10. Socially isolated seniors and adults with disabilities are more pessimistic about the future.

What is an adult Day Program?

Normally, adult day program is used to relieve the parent/ caregiver or his or her duties for the day while ensuring that the care recipient will still receive the proper care in a safe, friendly environment. Our center is open Monday to Friday from 9-4 (flexible times can be discussed) Our three main purposes focus primarily on social interaction, provide activities, both structured and flexible, and provide service as required.

Who qualifies for this program?

A person enrolled in an adult day care center who is functionally impaired. We define functionally impaired adults as… chronically impaired disabled persons sixteen years of age or older.

Why would one use this service?

Our center enables our members the ability to remain in their own home or in the home of a family member, guardian, or other care giver, and avoid premature institutionalization. Generally, a care recipient can benefit from adult day care because:
• It allows him or her to stay in his or her community while the caregiver goes to work
• It gives him or her a break from the caregiver
• It provides needed social interaction
• It provides greater structure to his or her daily activities

What types of programs are offered?

A monthly activity calendar will be posted 2 weeks prior to the following scheduled month. This will be available on site, and posted on our website and our Facebook page.
• Assistance with eating, taking medicines
• Educational programs or mental stimulation
• Exercise programs
• Podiatry care
• Assistance with preparation of meals and snacks
• Social activities
• Crafts
• Exercises
• Games
• Gardening
• Holiday parties
• Music & pet therapy
• Relaxation techniques

Are you licensed to run a program?

Loving Hands Partners In Care Inc, falls under the “venerable persons” sector.Loving Hands Partners in Care Inc. successfully qualified as an approved PDD service provider through the Alberta Community and Social Services (“the Ministry”) in December of 2017.
Loving Hands Partners In Care Inc, is fully licensed through the city, inspected through Alberta Health Services, and carry and maintain the required liability insurance. All staff must hold, in good standing, a police check under the “venerable Sector” guidelines, as well as First Aid /CPR, and all other mandated certifications.

Are people with higher needs separated from other participants or included in general activities?

This will depend on the individual need of the participant. Our program will be specific to the needs of the individual when applicable. Please note all participants with moderate impairment will require specific staff /participant ratio as required. We reserve the right to disqualify participants with physical abuse issues.

Will the center evaluate the person’s needs? How will this evaluation be accomplished? How often will it be repeated?

As this is not a medical facility, there are some restrictions to participation criteria. Please speak to our facilitator when eligibility is questionable.

Is staff trained?

All staff will have required certifications as required. All 1:1 assigned staff will have the required qualifications to care for this demographic.

How are emergency situations handled?

Each emergency is individual and unique:
• All staff will maintain current CPR/First Aid certification.
• Ongoing training will be maintained.
• A first Aid Kit will remain on site.
• 911 will be utilized as required.
• Required staffing ratio’s will be maintained.
• Facility & equipment will be maintained to all provincial health standards.

What types of health care professionals are on staff?

As we are not a medical facility, we will not have certified medical personal on site daily with the exception of an RN, certified through the VON for-foot care, monthly when we reach copacity. We will, in time, schedule a health care professionals for blood pressure clinics periodically. There will be on staff daily, qualified and experienced caregivers and a Certified Recreation Professional.

How do you ensure the safety of the participants

• Enrollment procedures.
• Facility, equipment requirements.
• General health and safety requirements, such as infection control, fire safety, and emergency operations.
• Program activities requirements.
• Record keeping requirements.
• Participants’ rights.
• Staff-participant ratios
• Personnel policies not related to staffing and training, such as conducting criminal background checks.
• Meal and food requirements related to food handling, preparation, and storage.
• Medication storage policies.

What are the hours of operation?

Monday to Friday 9-4 (flexibility is available)

Do you provide subsidies?

As this is such a new model, currently, no subsidy is available. We will continue to work with the federal and provincial government in this endeavor. PDD may provide support dollars to qualified individuals. Additionally, there may be funding dollars for qualified seniors.

Is transportation available?

Currently this service is not available. As we grow, this will be an option. There is a service in Airdrie called Seniors to Go (403) 702-6160. We also suggest our Access Airdrie: 403-948-8888

What is Access Airdrie?

ACCESS Airdrie is a shared ride curb to curb accessible public transit service available to residents with disabilities. An applicant is eligible for ACCESS Airdrie if they are a City of Airdrie resident and are unable to use conventional transit services due to a physical or functional limitation, defined as “any condition, either short term or long term”

Does one have to commit to a full-time model?

No. There are several options to choose from if you are wanting to participate in our program. We offer monthly rates, weekly rates, daily rates and even drop in opportunities. Currently we are promoting a “Loyalty Card”, which allows members the option of utilizing 10 programs (plus an additional drop in),for the cost of $100.00. Some restrictions may apply.

Do I have to sign a contract?

For the safety of all parties, we do require a liability agreement to be reviewed, approved and signed. Additionally, an application form is required and a participant information sheet. Participants are under no obligation to sign a long-term contract for participation.

Are lunches provided?

At the current time, lunches are not provided and bag lunches are required. As we grow, this model will evolve. We do provide snacks and beverages throughout the day. Additionally, we do have frozen dinners and soups on hand when required.

Do you access volunteers?

We do access and welcome volunteers within our Center. As expected, the safety certification requirements pertain to our volunteers

Can family members/ guardians drop in without notice?

All family members and guardians are welcome any time.

Because each of our members are unique and attend our center for various reasons,times and support levels, so too is our pricing. Please talk to our management team about pricing.

Emergency Fire and Ambulance Call 911

Calgary Distress Center (24 Hours) 403-266-1601

Health Link (24Hours) 1-866-408-5465

RCMP (non emergency) 403-945-7267

Poisson Control Center 403-944-1414

Protection for Persons In Care 1-888- 357-9339

Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) https://www.alberta.ca/aish.aspx

Persons With Developmental Disabilities Calgary (PDD) http://www.humanservices.alberta.ca/services-near-you/pdd-calgary.html

Alberta Aids to Daily Living Call 310 0000 then ask for 780-427-0731

Children's Link- your special needs connection ( adults and Children) http://childrenslink.ca/Portal/Project/PWSearchFull.aspx?search=government+services

Veterans Affairs Canada

Alberta Blue Cross 403-2340-9666

Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan Call 310-0000 then 780-427-1432

Philips Life Line 1-800-lifeline (1-800-543-3546)

Geriatric Mental Health 403-948-3878

Community Links – Airdrie

Health Link Alberta

Alberta Health Services

Government of Alberta
seniors services web portal:

Alberta Seniors Benefit Program

Special Needs Assistance for Seniors (SNA) Program

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

Alberta Health Services

Links & References

Accessibility News

Access 2 Card

Alberta Human Rights Commission

Calgary Community Service Guide

Calgary Transit Low Income Application

City of Calgary Accessibility and Disability

Disability News Online

Disability Tax Credit

Fee Assistance Information
Handi Bus Application

Parking Placard for Persons with Disabilities
PDD Calgary Region
PDD Safeguards and Standards
PDD Services Act
Village Square Leisure Centre