I can't say enough about the Director and volunteers who work with this program. They make my mom feel so welcome and special and she just LOVES it! This particular program is actually designed for senior's with memory impairments such as dementia, Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease.
For my mom, we call it the "Senior Club". Nobody (especially my 67-year-old mom) wants to think they are going to "Adult Day Care". Before I brought my mom, I had an extensive "intake/application" process with the Director. They were very thorough wanting to learn about my mom, her health, her personality, likes and dislikes, etc.... I was so excited because I knew if my mom gave it a chance she would love it. The first day I brought her to the Senior Club I was so nervous...literally felt like bringing my first child to her first day of preschool. Afterall, it was the first time in 4 months that I was going to "drop off" my mom with people she did not know.
Well, from the moment she walked in and they said "are you Mary?" and had a name tag all ready for her...well, let's just say they had her right then. Everyone gathers in this big circle of comfy recliner chairs (see below)....there's music, snacks, lunch, current events, weather, horoscopes, themes each day, etc... When I picked her up 5 hours later...she was singing away in one of those chairs and when she saw me, she literally "shooed" me away with her hand!! I couldn't have been happier!! If I could afford it, she would be there almost every day!! (It's $35/5 hours and $45/up to 8 hours. Very reasonable prices, but she does not have that extra money and, for now, we are paying for it once a week. She has gone four times so far and it's been great. Last week me and my 13-year-old daughter walked in to find some of the seniors were literally having a "squirt gun fight" (yes, indoors!!!???) Too funny...I wish I had it on video. My mom had sooooo much fun and says she wants to have a sleepover...with alcohol!!?? She's a crack up sometimes!
A comfy gathering place for "Senior Club"
Their information pamphlet
A typical calendar of activities