At our adult day care health programs, older adults socialize with their peers while participating in a wide variety of activities. For many seniors a typical day at home, might be eight or more hours of isolation. That’s because families have work and other commitments that force them to leave their loved one at home. A phone call every now and then doesn’t allow for much interaction. And what happens if the senior forgets to take his medications? Or leaves the stove on?
Adult day care programs are not new. Some have been around for long time, like the one at Dodge Park Rest Home. It’s time we rethink adult day programs and learn what they have to offer.
For the senior, it’s a safe place. And carefully supervised programs allow the senior to flourish. They spend the day with their peers and get to build a community. One they can call their own. Nutritious meals for breakfast, lunch and snack time are provided. And the program size is big enough for making new friends but small enough for individual attention. The staff members are kind, arm and friendly who love working with seniors. Only they don’t see it as work.
For the family caregiver, adult day programs make it easy to take care of the other things in life. Sure, adult day health programs provide peace of mind. But did you know that our flexible schedule allows you to choose which days your loved one attends? Both you and your loved one, are in good hands.
I remember what one participant’s spouse told me recently: “It gives me peace of mind knowing my husband is in a safe environment and the people care about him. This is his community, but it benefits both of us.”
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