The transition between living independently at home to a senior living community doesn’t have to be one size fits all. To ensure a smooth and comfortable journey, Ovation Communities’ Adult Day Services provides options that meet the unique physical, emotional and social needs of individuals through several innovative layers of services, and enables members to continue living at home while joining a lively, creative community.
The Adult Day Center’s flexible programs and compassionate services offer everything from nursing supervision and a full array of therapies, to family support, information and resources. In helping families find the services they need, Dana Rubin-Winkelman, a master level social worker at Ovation, first meets with families to assess their needs and helps design a personalized day and plan. As life changes happen, Dana also serves as a useful resource to caregivers and families, as well as the larger community, and explains the choices and resources available to them.
Each of the Adult Day Services five staff members are exceptional in the field and have a special niche in their respective roles, and all have had special training in dementia. Adult Day Services can take over some of the everyday tasks to make time at home simpler and more enjoyable. With extensive experience, the knowledgeable staff can often offer helpful suggestions or practical solutions for everyday challenges.
“We work really closely together. If there are issues that come up, we have a team problem-solving approach,” says Rubin-Winkelman. “People can feel comfortable about leaving their loved one in our care because of our extensive training and passion for what we do. Knowing their family member is in good hands enables caregivers to take care of themselves.”
Dawn Adler, Director of Adult Day Services and ReCharge!, says the services provided are as much for the caregiver as they are for the participant. “Families aren’t equipped to keep their loved ones busy at home all day long,” says Adler. “Our services create friendships that can’t be formed in a home setting. Caregivers trust that their loved ones are having a good day when they walk through our doors, and that’s a relief to them.”
At the Adult Day Center, no two days are alike. Central to the program’s model is the belief that people who are highly engaged are happier and healthier. Staff ask creative questions to plan the participants’ days, making for incredibly meaningful experiences. Programming and activities are designed around what participants are interested in, whether it be playing their flugelhorn, sharing a favorite recipe, learning Yiddish or attending a concert at Chai Point. Whatever the activity, laughter is sure to be heard.
Adult Day Services also provides several programs specifically for people experiencing memory loss on various levels. One program, ReCharge!, was created due to the community’s need for programming for people with mild memory problems. The four-hour interactive brain and body fitness class, held at Chai Point and Sarah Chudnow, is a way for individuals to learn strategies and help themselves, and is long enough for caregivers to get respite.
“People can find choices with our services. We help them live as independently as possible, and hope to make their journey smoother,” says Adler. “Adult Day Services is a jewel in the community—restoring balance and improving quality of life and meaning.”
Adult Day Services is a leader in community based care, and may be a great option to provide creative, meaningful programs for your loved one, while keeping them at home. For more information, contact Dana Rubin-Winkelman at 414-721-9249, or Dawn Adler at 414-277-8838.