Adult Day Program gives you daytime relief

Do you sometimes feel like you need a break from caring for your senior? In fact, taking breaks is very important for your mental and emotional wellbeing, be it a couple of hours, or a full day.
I've met with families who are at the nearing point of exhaustion and were not aware of what help they could get in order to give themselves some much needed time off. 

And not just time off. An adult day program can be your partner if you work full time. Instead of your folks staying with the television all day, see if you can find a local adult day program in your area.

In this post, we will take a closer look at this awesome Adult Day Program for seniors which I visited last Sunday in Mission Viejo California.

First off, you might ask, what is an Adult Day Program?

In general, an Adult day program, also commonly known as Adult Daycare Center, or Senior Day Center, is a state-licensed non-residential care facility that provides supportive social activities to seniors in a group setting. 

They are open during the day from Monday  to Friday. 

It's a good relief for families who need to go to work and do not want to leave their senior loved one at home.

There are two models for this program. The social model and the medical model.

The social model focuses on providing socialization and fun activities for seniors who might otherwise have a sedentary lifestyle if left alone at home everyday.

The medical model is meant to have rehabilitative and treatment goals. It requires a skilled assessment of the individual and may be covered by  health insurance. This type of center is staffed with healthcare professionals which may include a physical therapist,  nutritionist,  doctor, social worker, and a nurse. 

The simple way I am able to tell if the center has medical or social model type is by its name. 

The former usually carries the word Health in their business name, for example, ABC Adult Day Health Center. 

The social model will simply call itself ABC Adult Day Center (or Program). 

Last Sunday, Mount of Olives Adult Day Program had its Open House. It's a good social model example.

Around 10am, the friendly staff welcomed the local community who dropped in after the church service next door. 

I was surprised to know that not too many locals were aware that the program have been there for the last 17 years. 

That's why I thought I'd write a post about them so I could at least help spread the word to many families in the area near or far. 

I was told that they have one senior participant who comes from North Orange County, which could be a good 40 to 50 miles away. 

The senior's daughter works down South Orange County, so she drops off her elderly mother to the program in the morning before going to work. And picks her up around 3 in the afternoon. 

I was given a tour of their program by Claudia who was very knowledgeable and dedicated to the center.

Let me share with you their answers to your frequently asked questions:

1) What kind of a facility are you? 

We are a social model adult day care program specializing in care for seniors with early stage Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s or mild memory impairment. These seniors need a safe environment, social interaction, and mental/physical stimulation.

2)    What kind of activities do you do? 

Our schedule consists of different activities every 30 to 45 minutes. Examples are painting music, brain games, chair exercised, art and crafts, or just a stroll outside on a beautiful mid-morning day.

Watercolor paintings done by the senior participants at the Adult Day Program of Mount of Olives in Mission Viejo CA 

Seniors discover their fun creative side at the Adult Day Program at Mount of Olives Church

They also have musical guest artists who play the guitar or their baby grand piano. This is very helpful in brain stimulation and memory cognition.

This was their food menu last week. Looks good right? 
And a sample of what a senior's day at their program looks like.

3) What are your requirements for enrollment to the program?

Our clients must be “weight-bearing”, have the ability to walk, eat and use the restrooms independently or with minimal assistance. Walkers and wheelchairs are permissible.

4)    What is the cost? 

$76.00 a day for 6.5-hour day with a 6 days/month minimum.

5)    Do you accept Medicare or any other Insurance? 

We are a private pay facility, although we do honor long-term care insurance policies. 

Please ask your agent or tax professional about the possibility of a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) toward costs.

6)    Do you provide transportation? 

No, we do not. Some of our participants use the OCTA ACCESS bus. 

You can call them at (877) 628-2232 for more information.

Jennifer Boles, the program's Site Director spoke with guests and families during the Open House.

7)    What are your hours of operation? 

Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

We begin accepting clients around 8:15 am, and close promptly at 4:00 pm.

8)    Are there certain days my loved one will need to come or can I just drop him/her off anytime he/she feels like coming?

We require a 6 day-a- month minimum attendance and we prefer a regular set schedule. 

Client schedules are requested by the 20thof the month for the following month. 

For example, on September 20th, the schedule for October is due to the Director. 

We ask this so that we are properly staffed per licensing requirements.

9)    How is billing done? 

A bill will be mailed to you at the end of the month. Charges will reflect the days that your family member was here at the center.

10) Can I come by and see your facility?

Yes! We would be happy to give you a tour. Tours are given by appointment. 

They require a two-day preliminary attendance before enrollment to the program. They do not need to be consecutive days.

This will give you the opportunity to see if the program is right for your senior. There's a $170 non-refundable fee. 

You can then decide after these two days if you want to proceed and get on board with the enrollment process.

View of backyard at Mount of Olives Adult Day Program. Potted soil ready for spring gardening.

If you think seniors are boring, wait til you get to chat and hang out with some real funny ones. 

I picked up some brochures that talk about self-care and a lot of information on Alzheimer's and the warning signs. 

If you are interested to have your senior come to this adult day program, 

here is their phone number: (949) 581-3800. 
and they are located at 24772 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo, CA 92691

They are holding a talk this Friday, April 12, 2019. It will be presented by Dr. Trinh who will give a loadful of things to think about regarding Sugar, Inflammation, Ketosis, and Brain Health. 

You are invited, and you won't want to miss this one!

What do you think? You can send me your question here.

Photography by: @dlophotography
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