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2 October 2011

National Adult Day Services Association Recognizes Outstanding Individuals and Organizations

Posted October 2, 2011 in News / Awards in Uncategorized

Each year the National Adult Day Services Association recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations for the work they do on behalf of participants and families. Congratulations to the 2011 National Adult Day Services Award Winners who were recognized on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at the National Adult Day Services Conference in Milwaukee, WI.

Direct Care Staff Awards

  • Carolyn A. Swilley, Hillsborough County Division of Aging, Tampa, FL
  • Marolyn Clauss, SarahCare, Canton, OH

 Administrator Award

  • Lesley Bess, Active Day, Inc, Myrtle Beach, SC

 

Media Award

  • Amanda H. Justus, Hickory, NC

 

Ruth Von Behren Award

  •  Beth Meyer-Arnold, Luther Manor, Wauwatosa, WI

 

 Senator John Heinz Memorial Award

  • Jimmie Lee, Elizabethtown, KY
  • Coretta Bedsole,  SC Adult Day Services Association

 

Outstanding Adult Day Center Awards

  • Family Alliance, Inc., Woodstock, IL
  • Martin Luther Campus Adult Day Programs, Bloomington, MN

 

Adult Day Services Innovator Award

  • Dave Shull, KareWare, West Chester PA

 

Volunteer Award

  • Lisa Waldron, Senior Adult Day Program at James L. West, Fort Worth, TX

 

27 September 2011

Senior Care Centers of America Announces Merger with Active Day

Posted September 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

Senior Care Centers of America, the second largest operator of adult day services, has announced that Active Day, the largest operator of adult day services, has agreed to merge with Senior Care. The combined organization will have 76 centers in 11 states and will substantially surpass the size of its nearest competitor. After the merger, Active Day will be a subsidiary of Senior Care, and the ownership of Senior Care will remain essentially unchanged. Jim Donnelly, CEO of Senior Care, will lead the combined organization. Selected members of the Active Day management team will continue to work in the combined entity. The merger is expected to close in November 2011.

 

According to Mr. Donnelly, “Active Day and Senior Care have both been leaders in adult day services and have been providing quality care for many years in adjacent geographies. Combining our resources is a natural step. Together we’ll continue to champion our cost-effective alternative to home health, nursing homes and other long-term care. ”

 

“The combined forces of Active Day and Senior Care will benefit the industry and promote the well being of the thousands of participants in our centers every day,” commented Peter Harris, Chairman of Active Day. “This strategic transaction is a significant and positive development in the continued expansion of adult day services in the U.S.”

 

About Senior Care Centers of America

 

Senior Care is a premier provider of adult day health services in the United States with 27 centers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Mississippi. Senior Care is the leading independent provider in its core markets. Each of its adult day health centers enables frail, elderly or disabled adults to live at home and remain independent in their communities while receiving health care and supervision during the day, as well as providing relief and respite for caregivers.

 

About Active Day

 

Active Day was founded in 1995 with the goal of creating a nationwide network of community-based health care services to meet the needs of adults with disabilities, the elderly and their caregivers. Since then, Active Day has created the largest network of owned and operated centers for medical adult day services, including in-home personal care and outpatient rehabilitation in selected locations. This network of 49 centers in 7 states provides adult day services to more than 3,000 participants.

 

More Information

 

: Call Craig Mehnert, Chief Operating Officer of Senior Care, at 215-642-6600

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]
14 June 2011

National Awards Competition 2011

Posted June 14, 2011 in News / Awards in Uncategorized

 

Excellence Deserves RecognitionNominate Someone for National Adult Day Services Awards   

Deadline July 15, 2011

2011 National Awards Nominations

 

 

Do you know somebody who is doing an outstanding job at work or is supporting adult day services locally and impacting adult day services nationally?  Nominate program staff, organizations, caregivers, participants, legislators and advocates who demonstrate excellence and support day services for NADSA’s Annual Awards.  Download the guidelines and nomination application here.  (Note: They are also now available in the Members Only Library of NADSA’s new website at www.nadsa.org.  A default password and instructions were emailed to active members over a week ago.)  

Why Give Recognition?
  • Recognition for a job well done is a primary motivator for people.  
  • Recognition shows employees that they are appreciated and that their contributions count.
  • Recognition increases employee self-esteem which improves morale and leads to a more positive workplace overall, increasing productivity and building commitment to the organization.
  • Recognition improves interaction between supervisors and staff and among staff when they recognize each other’s notable achievements.
  • Recognition nurtures pride and enthusiasm.
  • It’s the right thing to do! Everybody, all of us want and need to be recognized when they’ve worked hard and done an extra special job.

 

Complete and return the application by July 15, 2011, to Teresa Johnson, nadsanews@gmail.com.

 
Submit your nominations now to give someone the recognition they deserve! 

Attend the Conference to Support National Recognition
  
Join the National Adult Day Services Association in partnership with the Wisconsin Adult Day Services Association in Milwaukee, WI, on September 22-24 at Hilton Milwaukee City Center in downtown Milwaukee.  Details about the conference are posted in the Forum of the NADSA website.  Conference registration is now available through the online store at http://www.nadsa.org/beta
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