Monthly Archives: June 2011

20 June 2011

Making the First Days Successful

Posted June 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

As many of you know, when participants first enroll  in House of Welcome Adult Day Services program, there can be hesitancy on their part in attending.  During the application process, [the clinical coordinator] counsels the family member on how to best present the idea.  For example, [the center] can be a club or a senior center or the doctor recommends it or it will help their spouse or we need volutneers or it’s a job.  These suggestions are based on thinking about what might be most appealing and least threatening to the participant.  Although some particiapnts welcome the opportunity to attend the day program, others resis.  It isn’t always clear why, but there may be some unspoken concern on tehir part as to what might be expected of them and if they will be able to meet those expectations.  most of us experience some anxiety in new situations, and that anxiety may be more intense if you have memory loss.

During participants’ first days, stafff makes every effort to help them feel comfortable.  A staff member buddies with each person.  A foll0w-up call is always made to the family to see how the participant reacted.  If there is continued resistance, the family member is given advice and uspport on how to negotiate bringing the person again, because most people do settle in after a couple weeks and may even look forward to coming.

Recently, a newly enrolled participant had been a prominent person in the busienss community and she was used to being in charge.  She wanted no part of our group until we were able to convince her that she had a role at HOW leading activities, discussing her work history, and helping staff.  The first few days she attended it required almost one-to-one attention by HOW staff, but just a few weeks later, she has settled in and comes willingly.  Of course, we continue to provider her opportunities to be a leader among the group and to assist staff with activities.  Her husband is benefitting from time on his own and she is benefitting from an environment that supports her abilities and self-esteem.

[SOURCE:  Summer 2011 newsletter, House of Welcome Adult Day Services, Northfield, IL]

18 June 2011

“Knitting” a Friendship

Posted June 18, 2011 in Resources / Providers

The following story is an example of how volunteers enrich the House of Welcome Adult Day Services program, as well as just one of the many ways in which participants are still able to contribute and give to others.

One of our day program participants is almost completely deaf due to progressive hearing loss.  Her cognitive functioning is only moderately impaired, but due to her severe hearing loss she needs extra attention to participate in activities.  One-to-one activities are especially effective, because communication can be facilitated by writing things down for her to read.

A special relationship has developed between this participant and a volunteer.  They are both knitters.  The volunteer took on the special project, together with the partiticpant, of knitting a baby afghan for the volunteer’s newborn great nephew, to be given to him at his christening.  Without revealing her identity in order to protect confidentiality, the volunteer took pictures of just the participant’s hands while knitting so she could share the story with the baby’s parents.  She also prepared a booklet for the child with the story and pictures of how the afghan was made, together with her “friend” at House of Welcome.  The participant and her daughter enjoyed seeing pictures of the baby along the way and at his christening with the afghan.

[SOURCE:  Summer 2011 Newsletter, House of Welcome Adult Day Services, Northfield, IL]

18 June 2011

Go4Life Exercise and Physical Activity Campaign

Posted June 18, 2011 in Resources / Providers

Introducing Go4Life, the new exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging

National Institute on Aging-funded studies show that exercise and physical activity are associated with many health benefits and can be especially beneficial for caregivers. They can help maintain physical strength and fitness, help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, help reduce feelings of depression, and help improve mood and overall well-being.

Go4Life aims to motivate people 50 and older to incorporate exercise and physical activity into their daily lives. In addition to our popular, free print materials on exercise and physical activity, Go4Life offers a variety of online evidence-based resources for older people, family members, health professionals, and organizations.

We invite you to fully explore the interactive Go4Life includes:

  • facts about the health benefits of exercise for older adults
  • sample exercises with video demonstrations
  • My Go4Life, an interactive tool for setting personal exercise goals and tracking progress
  • motivational tips
  • personal success stories
  • free resources for organizations and health professionals
  • and much more!

Use to sign up to receive regular fitness news from the National Institute on Aging.

We encourage you to share this exciting new campaign and the Go4Life website with family, friends, colleagues, and others. Please help us spread the word about the importance of exercise and physical activity for older adults and caregivers!

Go4Life is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

17 June 2011

Posted June 17, 2011 in News

Check out the pre-conference workshops featuring Person-Centered Care, Opening a CenterData Collection and Dementia Care at the upcoming national conference.  “Organizational Fitness: Are You Ready for Person-Centered Care” is targeted to leaders who want to ensure success.  “Opening an Adult Day Center” will provide valuable insight from experienced providers. “Strengthening Your Organization through Data Collection” is appropriate for state association leaders and center administrators who want to grow their organizations by learning meaninful uses for data collected.  “A Best Friend’s Approach for Dementia Care” is a fantastic setting for direct care workers, administrators or health coordinators to learn more about delivering care to persons with Alzheimer’s disease.  Whether you are considering starting a center or are a seasoned provider interested in enhancing your skills, you will find valuable information and networking at this event.

Register for two pre-conference workshops and save $15!  Click here to read more about the pre-conference workshops or register. 

15 June 2011

Minnesota Adult Day Services Conference

Posted June 15, 2011 in Events

The Minnesota Adult Day Services Association’s Annual Conference

“Giving Thanks for our Gifts:  Laughter, Knowledge, Care and Connection

November 11-12, 2011
Oak Ridge Conference Center
Chaska, Minnesota




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