16 October 2013

Adult Day Health Care Program

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd/adhc When your loved one needs care during the day, but you work or have other obligations, Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) ...

Narrator: If your loved one needs supervised

care during the day, but you work or have other obligations, Adult Day Health Care is here for you. Sheri Lapan/Caregiver: "If I can have a life, if my mother can have a greater quality of life, I want other people to have that experience." Pat Trahan/Caregiver: "I'm hopeful that others will learn from our experience that you just go down a different road and there's an Adult Day Health Care center waiting there for you on the corner." Narrator: The Fairfax County Health Department program offers affordable quality care, meaningful activities, new friendships, and peace of mind. For more than 30 years, the program has provided community-based care for older adults and adults with disabilities in a safe and nurturing environment. Len Trahan, Participant: "They're very big on developing out intellect. We don't just come here to make sure we can open and close our hands and move our ankles. They're very big on developing our intellect and making sure that we maintain that." Narrator: Each day, seniors participate in a range of activities and benefit from a variety of services at five licensed locations in Fairfax County. Daily activities are tailored to the participants' interests and cognitive and physical abilities. A typical day may include activities such as adaptive sports, personal grooming, pet therapy, gardening -- even field trips to an ice cream shop or to see the cherry blossoms. Sheri Lapan/Caregiver: "She's had a great day. She's gained wait. We had issues with her not eating because she was depressed. We don't have depression issues any more. She's going to be bed at 9 o'clock and we're pushing her out of bed at 8:30; come on, we got to go, we got to go. And she walks in she's dancing. She's dancing upon entrance." Carol Bracey/Center Nurse Coordinator/Lewinsville Center: "So, all those sort of unintended consequences we see from coming here. They dance. They are happy. You see that change in a depressed person so to speak, and they come out of their shell and they're laughing. Narrator: A team of nurses, recreational therapists, and other highly trained staff care for participants. They work together to enhance participants'

physical, mental and emotional well-being. They also provide unique services to individuals that include personal grooming, a health assessment, and medical administration. Carol Bracey/Center Nurse Coordinator/Lewinsville Center: "We try to stimulate people when they come here, in all kinds of ways; cognitively, physically, socially, spiritually, and otherwise." Narrator: Ninety-three percent of respondents to an annual family caregivers Adult Day Health Care satisfaction survey stated their loved ones benefited from the program. Research also shows that caregivers also benefit from the program. Fairfax County caregivers participated in a Penn State University study that showed dramatic results. Caregivers reported reduced stress on the days their loved one attended adult day services. The research also showed improvements in caregivers' emotional well-being and reduced their risks for illness. Carol Bracey/Center Nurse Coordinator/Lewinsville Center: "So, we were thrilled because it validated the observations that we've had as staff and also what the caregivers have been saying to us. In one particular case we have a caregiver say that her blood pressure actually decreased because her mother was coming here and she gave us the numbers and said this is what happened because it gave me such peace of mind and I was able to do things on my own, what I wanted to do." Narrator: The Health Department operates five licensed centers throughout Fairfax County, Monday through Friday. Door-to-door transportation is available. The program is affordable. And Fairfax County employees receive a twenty-percent discount on fees. Pat Trahan/Caregiver: "We as Fairfax County residents are very lucky, fortunate to have programs like this and to be able to access them and it certainly has made a difference I our lives and we know it will make a difference in other people's lives." Sheri Lapan/Caregiver: "it's better than peace of mind. It's peace of mind, but it's also a gift. We know that mom is in a great, loving place, and that she's experiencing things that she needs to experience, things I can't give her. And when we come back together, we're all happy and healthy, in a way that if we were together 24/7, we wouldn't be wouldn't be a healthy family unit and this allows us to be very happy and very healthy and all have the best quality of life."