We look forward to answering all your questions when you visit the Day Club for a tour. However, the following questions and answers might provide a starting point.
Q. My mother has very bad arthritis in both hands which prevents her from effectively eating, for example. Will someone help her?
A. Yes, our trained staff can assist your mother with eating, and any other activities impacted by her arthritis. Our staff will do that while maintaining her dignity.
Q. My husband still smokes. Is there a smoking lounge in the Day Club?
A. No. We do not permit smoking of any kind either in the Club or outside the building, for safety reasons.
Q. Do you only serve seniors? My 42 year old daughter has MS and needs help when I work three days a week.
A. Our team serves adults of all ages and with most chronic condition. Most of those using the Day Club are older seniors with some level of dementia/Alzheimer’s but we sometimes have younger members who have had a stroke, or face the challenges of Parkinson’s, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis or other conditions. We treat each situation individually and recommend whichever service best suits the individual’s needs, abilities and preferences. You would help us assess all factors related to your daughter’s situation so her plan best meets her needs and yours. We would monitor her progress in using our services, communicate with her and you about it and make any adjustments necessary.
Q. My mother was never much of a “joiner.” If you force her to do a lot of group activities, I know she will not go back to the Day Club after the first day.
A. Unlike many day programs for adults, we offer much more independence and flexibility so the Club members have the freedom to do what makes them most comfortable and “stretch their legs,” around the center, with supervision. While we offer an array of mentally and physically stimulating activities, and encourage participation, members may decline to participate and do individual activities they select — reading, doing puzzles, knitting, painting, building a bird house—whatever. Before “day one” we learn from you and your mother what she enjoys—and what she does not like and build that into her care plan. All staff are aware of the plan.
Q. Is the food any good at the Day Club? My wife is tough to please.
A. We offer tasty, nutritious and balanced meals five days a week and alternate between meals we prepare in our own kitchen in the Club and those we bring from a nearby, first-class caterer. We offer a complimentary visit to the Day Club and you are welcome to join your wife during the hours when we serve our lunch meal.
Q. Do you offer a half-day program, in the Day Club?
A. Please call us so we can learn about your specific situation and schedule, and then develop a plan that best suits your family’s needs.
Q. What makes Open Arms any better than the other Adult Daycare Centers out there?
A. Our people and our members make our place special and unique!