Adaptive Services isn’t only about the physical or psychological benefits, it’s also an encouraging network of support within the Y. We are committed to empowering people to lead fuller lives.
Adaptive Services helps participants with mental and physical challenges improve or regain quality of life by developing their bodies through specialized exercise and their self-esteem through personal relationships with peers, friends, and support staff.
What started 14 years ago as a way to provide extra support to Y members who needed it, has grown into a vital and profoundly supportive program in the community. The outcomes of this program include, but are truly not limited to:
• Health & Well-Being • Self-sufficiency & Independence • Socialization & Integration • Relationship Building & Peer Support • Awareness & Acceptance • Family Support • Advocacy
As Y staff work with those living with illnesses, injuries, and disabilities, the outcomes are inspiring. Members who have come to the Y confined to a wheel chair are walking again. Those with degenerative conditions are able to maintain their strength. Other who were isolated are able to socialize and benefit from valuable peer support.
The Y supports the entire community, including everyone regardless of their physical or developmental abilities. This inclusive community also includes the families of those with disabilities. Adaptive Services at the Y serves the family in a way that, according to involved families, "has not been there before."
There is respite for caregivers while their loved ones are at the Y, providing them time to focus on their own health and well-being. There is also peace of mind as participants who gain strength and independence here at the Y are also now more independent at home.
Challenges and Opportunities
As the only program of its kind in the area, providing such breadth in programming for such a wide spectrum of participants (all regardless of their ability to pay), interest in Adaptive Services at the Y has surpassed the program's capacity.
There is a constant waiting list for individual work, and staff are unable to accommodate all of the requests for new programming, such as adaptive aquatics for local schools and group programs for those living with chronic illness.
In looking to meet the community demand for continued program growth and development, the greatest need is for additional staff to be able to serve more people.
One additional part-time staff member would enable the Y to accommodate 7 to 10 additional people coming to the Y twice a week. A goal of meeting this need has spurred an increased fundraising effort to move beyond sustaining and into growing Adaptive Services at the Y.
Adaptive Services help participants improve or regain quality of life by developing their bodies through specialized exercise, and their self-esteem through personal relationships with peers, friends, and support staff.
A current snapshot of Adaptive Services:
• 41 people one-on-one or in small groups • 20 people served in adaptive aquatics • 45 hours per week of direct service • 10 plus referring and partnering agencies • With a zero barrier approach, services are offered at no cost to participants • The program benefits from the invaluable support of volunteers, including 40 hours per month in transporting participants to and from the Y • A constant waiting list
Adaptive Services isn't only about the physical benefits, or even the psychological benefits of boosting self-confidence in the face of greater independence. It is also an encouraging network of support within the Y.
We’re excited to announce that the YMCA of Southern Maine willbegin reopening our facilities and reactivating key programs starting July 6 including full day child care, outdoor & virtual classes, lap swimming, and the wellness floor.
Please be assured your safety is our number one priority. We have put careful thought and planning into our reopening. To read more about the steps we’re taking and the amenities that will be available, click here.