Supervision & Companionship
The Adult Day Center operated by Older Adult Services is designed to help families care for older adults with physical and mental frailties. Daytime supervision and a variety of activities and services are provided in a safe, secure and stimulating environment.
Participants in the program make new friends and become part of a peer group at the center.
A variety of activities are offered – from discussion groups to ceramics, cooking, groups exercise programs and community service projects. Each individual can enjoy his or her lifelong interests or cultivate new ones. Impromptu card games develop when a foursome sits at a table. Budding authors write poems and short stories, while other creative talents are expressed through watercolor paintings. Excursions to local restaurants, special outings to places such as Botanical Gardens and activities such as bowling provide a change of peace and help to keep participants in touch with the larger community. Intergenerational activities are often planned with local children’s day care centers and schools to foster friendships and greater understanding between the generations.
A Caring Team
The staff at the adult day center works together to create an environment that is safe, secure and stimulating. A registered nurse monitors medications and health needs. A clinical counselor offers emotional support as may be necessary. The activity staff plan activities and exercise programs, keeping in kind the abilities, attention spans and interests of all of the participants. The team establishes and discusses with the family a care plan for each participant that is responsive to individual needs.
Programming for Special Needs
Special programming has been developed for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. Personal attention, constant guidance and reassurance can make the difference. A safe non-threatening environment has been established to give the older adults a sense of security. Activities are structured to allow each participant to experience the individual success.
Care for the Caregiver
The needs of caregivers also are addressed. Thanks to the program, caregivers are able to go to work or handle personal business during the day without worry because they know that their older adult relative is being well cared for in a secure environment. Like their older adult relatives, the caregivers also often need comfort and reassurance. Support groups are held at the center on a monthly basis. Family members are encouraged to attend to share their feelings and experiences with other caregivers.
Older Adult Services of Advocate Health Care Lutheran General Hospital is a recognized leader in the field of Adult Day Care. We have served hundreds of residents from throughout northwest Cook County. Our first center opened in 1980 and has served as a model for similar programs throughout the United States.
Older Adult Services operates its Adult Day Center in Des Plaines. The center is open from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. The center features an activity/dining area, living room, rest area and outdoor activity space. A hot meal, planned by a nutritionist, is served at noon. Morning and afternoon snacks also are provided.
Based on availability, a bus equipped with a lift can provide transportation to the facility.