Activity—whether it’s of the physical or social variety—is something we all enjoy. Being active means having fun and taking advantage of what life offers. It also means learning new skills and working with people who can help improve our quality of life.
At California MENTOR, we help adults with disabilities and complex medical challenges enjoy their favorite activities and experience new ones. Our Partnership through Activity and Leisure program (PAL)—otherwise known as a mobile day program—offers active day services and support to individuals in Southern California who are unable to attend a traditional day program.
Day Program at Home & in the Community
Established in 1990, PAL was designed to support seniors, but has expanded to serve adults ages 20 to 80. We partner with Harbor and Westside Regional Centers to help individuals grow through mobile day support based on their specific needs.
Our mobile day program specialists provide one-on-one care for individuals in their own home, whether it is a family home, group home, or skilled-nursing facility. No matter the setting, our goal is to provide individuals with an experience that is similar to what they would have if they attended a center-based or community-based day program. We bring the services directly to them, so they can take part in activities they enjoy, such as:
- Writing letters to penpals and family
- Playing interactive board games
We also offer support for individuals able to participate in activities outside of their home and help them enjoy community activities such as:
- Dining out
- Harbor cruises
- Whale watching
- Movie trips
- Salon services
- Museum trips
Specialized Home-based Support
PAL also serves individuals with developmental disabilities who have intensive support needs that limit their mobility or are recovering from more serious medical conditions. To encourage body movement and proper use of senses, our specialists come to the bedside and use light massage, range-of-motion activities, and multi-sensory techniques involving:
- Textiles for touch and feel
Whenever possible, our specialists help individuals get outdoors for fresh air and daylight, which can often support their recovery. We work to keep them as active as possible and get their spirits up during their recovery. Some individuals are involved in PAL temporarily, and we work with them until they can go back to their day program.
Contact your local office to find out more about the Partnership through Activity and Leisure program.