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When Selecting an Adult Day Health Care Program
Trust Your Instincts

By Naomi Berger

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Trust Your Instincts

As Barbara Walters, the television celebrity and news personality says, ďTrust your gut.Ē Ask yourself some questions when visiting the adult day care health care programs. Whatís the first impression you have after walking through the door? Are the staff and patients happily engaged in activities together? Are the recreation and dining areas clean? Are the walls brightly decorated with patientsí artwork? Are there people who speak my language or come from a similar background? Are the activities offered age appropriate for me? Trust your gut!

Emergency and Safety Plans

Every adult day health care program must have a medical and safety emergency plan. Ask the programís director or the person who takes you on a tour to show you the written plan. Feel free to ask questions. For example, you could ask: Whatís the procedure if someone goes into diabetic shock; or if someone falls? In an emergency, how are clients evacuated from the center? When touring the facility, notice if there are smoke detectors mounted on the walls. Do you see fire extinguishers? Ask if they have a defibrillator on the premise. Safety first!

Activities for All

Adult day health care programs should have a posted weekly or monthly calendar of activities and events. If itís not already posted, ask for it when youíre on your tour. Offerings should range from group activities such as exercise programs and drumming circles or to activities such as arts and crafts, dominoes, or crocheting. Ask whether they provide trips to museums, shopping malls, baseball games or the local theater. Do they bring in outside guests to entertain, educate or inform individuals? It will quickly become apparent if the program is going the extra step to keep individuals motivated and actively engaged.

You Are What You Eat

Adult day health care programs generally provide at least one healthy meal and a snack during the day. Specialty diets, such as low sodium, low sugar and low cholesterol are accommodated at most programs. Ask the center for a copy of their weekly or monthly menu and, if possible during your tour, taste the food.


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