Alternative to Nursing Homes: Adult Day Programs Bring Joy to Clients, Relief to Caregivers

Caring for a parent or spouse that can no longer care for themselves can be difficult and draining.  To take off some of the pressure, St. Michael Lutheran Church in Portage, Michigan is one of many locations that have opened an adult-day-service program for members of their community.  The Covenant Senior Day Programs at St. Michael Lutheran Church specializes in Alzheimer’s care, providing their participants with art therapy, baking classes, gardening, and basic medical care while also providing a strong social aspect to many who feel isolated at home.  The center also encourages families to enroll in the program as soon as their loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to ensure that they know as much about the disease as possible.  Meyer-Arnold of the National Adult Day Services Association said, “It’s good to hear that your loved one has had a really good day.  The real hidden benefit is to have memories of joy again.”

Mlive.com, July 16, 2009

Written By: Linda S. Mah

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