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For yesterday is but a dream

And tomorrow is only a vision...

But today well-lived

Makes every yesterday a dream

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Thursday
Apr092015

What services and programs does Bon Homie offer in the Adult Day Center setting?

Bon Homie started on Ridge Pike in 1992, moved twice and finally settled in our own facility at 470 North Lewis Road in 2001, where we would establish ourselves as one of the most highly regarded Adult Day Centers in the area.  It was during this period where we developed our two unique programs, the Sunflower Meadows Program and the Sandpiper Haven Program, that are tailored to the two major classifications of clients we serve.

Our Aging program; Sunflower Meadows is a program that serves clients that may have had a stroke, are diagnosed with dementia, have a brain injury, have developmental disabilities and are high functioning or are aging but require assistance with ADL’s, or have other diagnosis that require some level of supervision throughout the day.  These individuals benefit from large and small group activities but may require some prompting and support to get involved.  They also enjoy the social aspect of their day.

We also developed a safe haven program in 2007 structured for those clients who are faced with more physical, social and medical needs.  We have named the stand-alone program and its own special area “Sandpiper Haven”. It specifically serves the increasing number of clients that require hands on care to get involved in every aspect of the program. The separation has enabled our staff to provide appropriate activities for these individuals and to get them more involved and stimulated.   Sandpiper Haven offers our clients a safe environment that encourages them the freedom to be themselves.  Clients that utilize this program have developmental disabilities.  Specific diagnosis that are cared for in the sandpiper program are Cerebral Palsy, seizure disorders and Down syndrome.  Clients may also be nonverbal, wheelchair dependent and require total assistance with daily living activities.

When we are asked to describe what an Adult Day (Care) Center is, we often relate it, fundamentally, to day care for kids only for the older crowd.   We have evolved into a setting with features that meets the many needs of the clients who attend; these include the activities, training, socialization, entertainment, as well as special care, nutritional and therapeutic aspects to give you an idea.   Keep in mind that we serve all adults from the age of 18+ and beyond.  Approximately 1/3 of our clientele is under the age of fifty.  

Aside from discussion groups, the ever popular trivia sessions, our activities involve a wide range of themes from arts and crafts to bowling, basketball, music programs and clubs such as yearbook committee, horticulture, outreach and choir.  A much needed new addition is in the planning stages to accommodate the more physical activities and has been dubbed “The Gym” by the clients.

 

Training is an ongoing part of every activity at the center.  One of our core goals is to maintain and enhance the cognitive ability of each and every client.  We have introduced to our clients the idea that access to today’s technology can be not only helpful to them, but also fun. We have added a touch screen laptop computer to better enable some of our clients to enjoy the same benefits of our other touch screen PC’s by allowing them to use it without the need of a cart or table.  We also added new PC tablets to the mix at the center: two from the durable line of LeapPAD/LeapFrog training products, and three new Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablets for them to use.  One-on-one and small group PC sessions are now an ongoing daily event.  One of our more tech savvy clients has decided to post a blog on the bonhomieadc.com web site.  Subscribe to Rob’s blog and get a firsthand view of Bon Homie.

Special Care is one of the primary reasons adult day centers exist.  We care for elderly and disabled adults.  In addition to the overall beneficial aspect of attending a center, it is the special care that sets it apart.  We have two full time registered nurses on staff and a staff trained in the procedures and processes to administer care.  

Socialization and entertainment has always had a large role to play in the repertoire of experiences at the center, many times complementing each other.  The music program continues to grow with the expectation that this year’s talent show will be bigger and better than ever; the arts and craft program is also growing with bimonthly visits from the art teacher to introduce new projects utilizing different art mediums.   The Valentine’s Day Dance was again a success as was the Easter Bonnet Parade and plans are well underway for the third annual Prom celebration, a special event involving the support of parents, caregivers, staff.  This year’s event will be held on a Saturday; not an insignificant undertaking, but worth the effort for the clients.  A published hardcopy yearbook is also planned; again, a lot of work but well worth the effort.  

Nutrition and meal planning is an essential part of the operations, since many clients we serve have specific diet and nutritional needs and restrictions.   The overall dietician developed menu is updated on a regular bases and takes into account the overall appeal of each meal as well as its adaptability to specific diet needs.  We serve approximately 50 clients a day of which at least 75% require a special diet or some adjustment in the preparation (sugar content, lactose issues, chopped or puree requirement, etc.).  Lunch is always a very busy time at the center, as are the morning and afternoon snack periods.  Needless to say, preparation would not be possible without the service of a competent cook, ours is first rate; ask any client on any day.  Typical menu items would include: Shepard’s Pie, Tuna Noodle Casserole, Beef Goulash, Roast Beef w/Roasted Potatoes, and Baked Meatloaf w/ Mashed Potatoes.

The therapeutic aspects of attending an Adult Day (Care) Center are recognized and published in many articles and journals.  All of our regular activities are designed to provide therapy, both physical and intellectual.  We have a dedicated sensory room, which is unique in the area and provides the setting and equipment to instill a calming, relaxing feeling so clients are more receptive and comfortable to participate in the program.   We have partnered with FOX Rehabilitation to provide occupational and physical therapies on the premises over the last two years and it is working out very well.    

In our next blog we will focus on all the services we use to help support our clients, caregivers and program.

As always, you can learn more about us by:


   Visiting our web site for more information at www.bonhomieadc.com.

   Like us on facebook at Bon Homie Adult Day Care

   Follow us on twitter at Ann@bonhomieadc

 

Friday
Mar062015

Who Uses Adult Day Services?

Who Uses Adult Day Services?

-         A caregiver that needs to work and care for a disabled adult child at home.

-         A caregiver that has a middle age daughter with a brain tumor at home that is unable to be left     on her own.

-         A daughter caring for a mother with Alzheimer’s.

-         A son caring for his mother that is frail and needs assistance with her personal care needs.

-         A sister caring for a sibling that was disabled by a car accident. 

These are all real examples of caregiving situations that we have seen families deal with that have utilized the services we offer so that they are able to care for their family member at home.  

Most caregivers aren’t aware of the services we offer until they find themselves in a position of caregiving.  When Bon Homie first opened in November 1992 we were licensed to care for adults sixty years of age and older.  Families that cared for young adult children began knocking on our door looking for services.  In April 1993 we were licensed by the department of Public Welfare which allows us to service individuals 18 years of age to 59 year of age.  Today, 22 years later we provide two programs that allow us to service individuals 18 years of age and older, with a variety of disabilities, needs and functioning levels. 

According to the 2010 MetLife National Study of Adult Day Services Adult Day Services is a growing source of Long-Term Care.

https://www.metlife.com/assets/cao/mmi/publications/studies/2010/mmi-adult-day-services.pdf

Adult Day Services (ADS) Centers are a key provider of long-term care services in the United States. They provide a program of activities, health monitoring, socialization, and assistance with daily activities which allows individuals to continue to live in their homes and receive needed care in a supportive professionally staffed, community-based setting.

There are more than 4,600 adult day services centers across the U.S. — a 35% increase since 2002.                                                                                                                                                                                More than 260,000 participants and family caregivers are serviced — an increase of over 100,000, or 63%, since 2002.

MetLife also list the Key Findings of this 2010 study:                                                            https://www.metlife.com/mmi/research/adult-day-services.html#findings

  • ·         Almost 80% of centers have professional nursing staff and about 50% have a social worker   and physical, occupational, or speech therapy
  •           Direct care worker-to-participant ratio is 1:6
  • ·         Over 80% of participants attend full days and 46% attend five days per week
  • ·         Centers are serving populations with higher levels of physical disability and chronic disease
  • ·         ADS centers are leaders in providing care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias
  • ·         Approximately 90% provide cognitive stimulation programs

Most centers provide caregiver support including educational programs (70%) and caregiver support groups (58%)

Tuesday
Jul082014

My Birthday celebrations.

I celebrated my birthday on Flag Day - June 14th.  It was my 56th birthday.  I get very excited as my birthday is approaching and we are making plans to celebrate.  This year I celebrated several times with my closest friends and family.  The day of my birthday I went to my favorite restraurant "The Olive Garden" with my roommates.  We really enjoyed the food and had a good time.  The following weekend my sister Donna and Brother in Law Jim planned a birthday picnic for me.  They had all my favorites.  hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, macaroni salad and Ice Cream Cake.  My two nieces and nephew were able to be there.  I received some great gifts.  I new hat and clothes that I will be able to take with me on a cruise to the Bahamas in Novemeber - I can't wait; thats all I dream and talk about these days.  It was really nice to spend time with my sister and her family.  The third celebration was the Bon Homie birthday party.  All my friends that share birthdays in June celebrated there birthdays at this party at the end of june.  We sang, danced and laughed.  It was a great month!!!  Thanks everyone for making it a special month.

Monday
Apr282014

Bring Your Child To Work Day

Thursday April 24 it was National "Bring Your Child To Work Day".  Several of our staff brought there children to work with them and I had a blast.  Angel's daughter Onjelay and Aloma's son Cody came as well as Robins son and daughter; Zach and Robin.  Zach played the piano during morning snack.  I enjoyed the music he played; it relaxes my muscles.  Kody was my pal all afternoon and Onjelay and Robin called Bingo.  Kody and I won Sunglasses.  The kids and all the clients had a great day together.  The clients hope they come back again.  It was a great experience for everyone.