“To provide day program services for those living with memory loss and other disabilities.”
“Public support is crucial because it lends credibility to the effort, and helps gain further support, provides strength for political action and creates community ownership.” -Davis Adult Day Task Force
Read about the need for an Adult Day Program in Davis at the Davis Enterprise:
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Davis Adult Day Program will be the first adult day program to ever be established in Davis. It would be the sister program to Yolo Adult Day Health Center (YADHC) in Woodland, which has been serving all Yolo County residents, including Davis, since 1984. YADHC has experienced steady growth over time, with the last three years clearly feeling the impact of the baby boomers reaching senior citizen status. Additionally, growth is attributed to a current healthcare focus on community-based care – to avoid hospitalizations and warehousing the frail elderly in nursing homes. It is estimated that between the years 2000-2040, the 65+ population in Yolo County will grow by 235%, compared to a 175% state average. Today YADHC is operating at full capacity, serving approximately 60 frail adults each day. With a waiting list of over 70 people, it can take as long as five months to enroll in the Woodland YADHC program. In addition, participants in the current program in Woodland ride a bus up to 90 minutes each way. Opening a Davis site will significantly reduce the long waitlist for enrollment, significantly decrease transportation time, and address a long standing unmet need for a vulnerable population that requires more local services.
The development of this program is timely. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1 in 3 seniors willdie while suffering from some form of dementia. Family caregivers rely on programs such as adult day care in order to continue working, or just to obtain needed respite from taxing caregiving responsibilities. Statistics show that 59% of family caregivers are employed outside the home. It is estimated that over 60% of all caregivers for dementia patients rate the emotional stress of caregiving as quite high. Unfortunately, over 40% of these family caregivers suffer from depression. This is why adult day care is so essential to any community that deeply cares about the welfare of its most vulnerable citizens, the family members who care for them.
Adult day programs are designed to provide supervision and support to vulnerable adults. Most of the program’s participants will be cognitively impaired due to Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias and others may suffer from brain injuries or need physical support or assistance. The program will offer:
- a safe, comfortable indoor/outdoor environment
- socialization and companionship
- activities to promote independence and self-esteem
- assistance with activities of daily living such as toileting, walking, eating and the administration of medications
- nutritious meals and snacks
- health supervision
- physical exercise and mental stimulation
- robust support and education for family caregivers via private consultations as well community workshops
The Davis site will be designed with elements of innovation based on current research to optimize participant independence. The facility layout will be homelike, with a holistic program focus to promote respect, dignity, self-worth and empowerment.
Program Staffing and operation
Staff will be trained in person-centered care, including dementia-specific training, using best practices while utilizing current research. At its peak, we anticipate 30 participants with a total of 7 staff (6 care partners and a program coordinator). The adult day program can be utilized every day, part day, or some days each week. The program will be private pay. Some long term care insurance policies will cover adult day programs. Hours and days of operation will be Monday – Friday from 7 am – 6 pm.
THE DAVIS ADULT DAY PROGRAM TASK FORCE
Sheila Allen, Executive Director, Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance
Margot Loschke, member Davis Senior Citizens’ Commission
Dawn Myers Purkey, Program Director, Yolo Adult Day Health Center
Elaine Roberts Musser, senior advocate and attorney
Donna Tweltridge, retired occupational therapist
Georgina Valencia, real estate and marketing specialist
Cindi Royval Unger, Alzheimer’s and dementia care trainer