Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What kind of skilled nursing services do you have at the Adult Day Center?
A. The nursing staff assesses and monitors the participants’ health status on a regular basis and keeps appropriate records. They administer medications prescribed by a participant’s physician and monitor effects of their medications.
The nurses supervise the participants’ diets and nutritional intake at meal times; they also supervise the rehabilitative and restorative therapies and provide health education and counseling to participants and their families.
Q. Do you have a Participant Bill of Rights?
A. Yes! The Northshore Adult Day Center Participant Bill of Rights states that each participant at the Northshore Adult Day Center has:
- The right to be treated as an adult, with respect and dignity.
- The right to participate in a program of services and activities that promote positive attitudes about one’s usefulness and capabilities.
- The right to participate in a program of services designed to encourage learning, growth and awareness of instructive ways to develop one’s interest and talents.
- The right to be encouraged and supported in maintaining one’s independence to the extent that conditions and circumstances permit, and to be involved in a program of services designed to promote personal independence.
- The right to self-determination within the day care setting, including the opportunity to:
- participate in developing one’s plan for services
- decide whether or not to participate in any given activity
- be involved to the extent possible in program planning and operation.
- The right to be cared about in an atmosphere of sincere interest and concern in which needed support and services are provided.
- The right to privacy and confidentiality.
Q. Do you offer personal care services?
A. Through the services of a nurse assistant and the day center staff, the program will provide assistance and supervision with activities of daily living i.e., walking, eating, and toileting.
- Incontinence - Participants who are incontinent are asked to bring their own incontinence pads as well as a change of clothes. Please make sure all clothing is marked with labels or indelible ink.
- Feeding Utensils - If a participant has special utensils, please send them in to the center for use at meal time.
- Equipment - For those using walkers, canes, and wheel chairs with foot rests, please send this equipment with the participant to the center. All equipment must have the participant’s name permanently affixed to it.
Q. What kinds of therapeutic activities do you have?
A. The planning of activities reflects professional understanding of the needs and abilities of the participants. Activities emphasize strengths and abilities and contribute to participant feelings of competence and accomplishment. Activities include but are not limited to:
|Small and large group activities
|Arts & crafts
||Computer Learning Lab
Planned activities are available during regular program hours. Participants are encouraged to take an active part in scheduled activities or to choose an alternate.
Q. Do you take the participants on outings?
A. Trips into the community are planned each month with seasonal themes in mind. Some trips involve all the participants and take the entire program day. Other trips are limited to those most able or interested in participating and involve only a few hours time. We recognize the importance of outings to some home-bound elderly and enjoy planning enjoyable and safe trips as often as possible at no additional cost to participants. We accept donations from the general public to subsidize these outings.
Q. What kinds of restorative services do you offer?
Occupational, Physical, Speech Therapy.
One of our goals is to provide care which will restore or maintain each participant’s functional level of independence and self-care. We have our own Occupational Therapist on Staff. All participants are assessed by our rehab staff.
Following a thorough assessment, participants are offered such services as range of motion, muscle strengthening, ambulation, transfer skills, balance, communication retraining, cognitive perceptual functioning and activities of daily living. Use of the Fitness Center, which include the Wii. These services are included in the basic daily rate. They are provided in a group setting or on a 1:1 basis.
Modified Enhance Fitness Program
EnhanceFitness is an exercise program for seniors that is safe and effective. The program consists of warm-up exercises, flexibility, strengthening and aerobics. Strength training includes an individual weight program using wrist and ankle weights to strengthen the upper and lower body. The program is done three times a week for a period of one hour. If you would like more information, you may contact the Activity Director at the center.
Q. I am a family caregiver. Are there services for me at the Adult Day Center?
A. Social Workers also provide caregiver support services through facilitating several support groups/ trainings/ individual counseling sessions. Presently our support groups consist of the Caregivers’ Support Group, Early-Stage Memory Loss Group, and Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, just to name a few.
Q. What kinds of social services are there for my loved one?
A. The social worker assesses the participant’s formal and informal support systems, mental and emotional status, health issues and community and financial resources. Referrals are made to case management services when appropriate. The social worker provides individual and family counseling and actively involves all parties in the Adult Day Health plan of care. The plan of care is then developed with all multi disciplinary adult day health teams on our computerized ADWare outcome based software system. The care plan is reviewed quarterly with a report and copy being sent to the family and physician.
Q. What is the menu like?
A. A nutritious and well-balanced noon meal is served to all participants. Menus are planned by a Registered Dietitian and catered through an independent food service. A cook on site prepares all the meals each day with consideration for diabetics and individual special needs. The menus are posted monthly.
In addition to the regular noon meal, supplementary nourishment is provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Participants’ families are responsible for providing any additional needs such as vegetarian diets or meal supplements like Ensure.
Q. Is there Transportation?
A. Northshore Senior Center’s Transportation Department does provide transportation to most participants. Upon intake Social Services will coordinate with our transportation department to determine if the ride needs can be met since space may be limited. They will also begin the application process for ACCESS or DART which are mandatory.
Q. Do you have any programs for people with early stage memory loss?
A. The Brain Fitness Class is a social day program offering physical, mental, and social activities for individuals with early stage memory loss. The spirit of the program incorporates principles of self management of chronic conditions which emphasizes the importance of engaging in behaviors and activities that promote health and help individuals factor the chronic condition into life so that the memory impairment does not become the focus of one’s life. The program includes programming in the areas of: stress reduction, mental stimulation and creative pursuits, nutrition, physical activity, and social engagement.
It can also be a transitional phase for both a caregiver and a person experiencing memory loss. This program allows for participation at both our senior center and our adult day health program. It utilizes resources from both programs. The hope is to provide a slow transition while teaching skills to work within their current memory deficits.