We’re excited to share an update on the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) building that is under construction at Bethany Children’s Health Center, with an estimated completion timeline in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Activities of Daily Living include basic self-care activities such as feeding, dressing, grooming, and hygiene. Some activities that require more complex skills are cooking, basic household chores, using public transportation, doing homework, and navigating public places like stores and restaurants. The new ADL building will provide an opportunity for patients and families with differing abilities, whether from birth or newly acquired, to explore, experiment and practice in a safe and realistic environment.
Plans for the ADL building include areas that offer realistic life experiences such as house, car, store, café and a town square. These experiences will build confidence and independence and can have a significant impact on quality of life.
The planned pool will offer a place for aquatic therapy, along with relaxation, socialization, and fun! The sport court will provide space for open play, adaptive sports, trials of new mobility options and special events. Further enrichment activities will take place in the art studio, dance studio, and recording studio. These facilities will serve as great teaching tools for students and new experiences for volunteers.
Community spaces will allow families to relax between activities and build community with families and patients with differing abilities.
The realization of this state-of-the-art facility and the ability to offer so many opportunities for expanded therapies and enrichment activities is extremely rewarding. In addition, creating a space that is designed to build community and foster inclusiveness is truly a gift! We will continue to share updates on the progress of this exciting new addition to our hospital campus.