A cheerful, well lit room is filled with activity. A small group enjoys a morning cup of coffee, chatting pleasantly and scanning the morning paper. At a nearby table a game of pinochle is in progress and across the room several women cut colorful patches for a comforter. A book club is convening in the adjacent room. A gentleman is on a recumbent bike getting his morning exercise.
An adult daughter and her mother enter the room and are greeted warmly by those already there. It is the beginning of the day in Adult Day Services.
This type of service offers benefits not only for the persons who participate but also for those who love and care for them.
The participants choose Adult Day Services:
~To be with other people in a caring, safe environment
~To have fun, interesting things to do
~For support with health concerns and medications
~To go home to familiar surroundings at the end of the day.
The families and caregivers choose Adult Day Services: ~For peace of mind
~For support with caregiving responsibilities
~For time to refresh, relax and keep their own schedule
~As an affordable alternative to long term care.
As the day draws to a close, the adult daughter returns to take her mother home. She knows her mother enjoyed the day in a safe place. This made it easy for her to complete her own to-do list.
What made it a good day for her mother? Laughing with friends around the table while enjoying a delicious hot noon meal. Sharing worries with friends or finding a new thought from a guest speaker. Enjoying the challenge of a game while getting exercise at the same time. Simply being in a place that values each person for who they are.