Cosmo’s programs are designed to meet the needs of individuals with intellectual disabilities and in doing so they build on the foundations developed by families and relationships in the community at large. From young adults finished with high school to senior citizens, Cosmo serves over 400 participants in Saskatoon and area. We provide opportunities for personal growth, socializing, recreation, and exploring creativity through our Day Activity programs. In order to offer these opportunities, Cosmo provides multiple supports for our program participants.
Supports those participants with the greatest needs and focuses primarily toward enhancing quality of life. Cosmo provides a supportive environment in which to experience a wide variety of opportunities promoting sensory stimulation, learning, independence,
and socialization. Group activities are facilitated for participants who have similar skills, needs, and interests.
Rather than solely reducing the frequency, duration, and intensity of challenging behaviors, the objective of Comprehensive Behavior Support is to facilitate lifestyle changes. This includes assessment of the factors influencing a participant’s behavior, the development of behavior support plans, and the implementations of strategies that teach participants new skills.
Designs and implements programs which assist program participants in meeting their social, physical, vocational and academic goals. The programs are created for the individual needs of the participant with ongoing reporting and a yearly review of the personal program plan. Whenever possible vocational activities and job skill training are incorporated into programs.
Personal Care staff attend to over 300 toileting and hygiene needs per day. Cosmo participants have access to professional massage services as well as a foot care program.
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and her staff ensure that daily medical needs are met and medications are properly administered. The preventative health services we provide reduces costs to the province’s health care system by lessening the use of emergency rooms for minor aliments. We also coordinate with the Saskatoon Health Region to provide on-site flu vaccines each year.
Cosmo has an art program available to all participants. We would love to begin an Artist-in-Residence program to assist with the development of the creative talents of adults with intellectual disabilities and bring their creations to market..
Our recreation department endeavours to take each participant on an outing or activity at least once per month. Over 900 excursions were scheduled in 2015 for over 11,000 participant hours of fun, exercise socializing and adventure in addition to the 10,000 participant hours of in-house activities.
Participants have over 100 different outings from which to choose. Mall walking, sports, museum tours, and day trips to locations such as Batoche, are some of them.
Many participants who attend our day programs require assistance with their transportation needs in order to attend Cosmo. In addition to the contracted services of First Bus Canada funded by the Ministry of Social Services, Cosmo operates our own buses and vans. With a growing city and an aging fleet, it is through the generosity of community minded companies such as Miners Construction and Galon Insurance and Mortgage Brokers that we are able to meet the transportation needs of persons with disabilities.