Adult Day services now offered

The Home Nursing Agency will celebrate the official opening of an Adult Day Services Program in Blair County on Thursday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m. The Home Nursing Agency staff and administration will join Altoona-Blair County Chamber of Commerce ambassadors, local and state representatives at the facility’s location for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 501 Valley View Boulevard in the Easter Seals building.
With centers already in Ebensburg, Johnstown and Bedford, the Home Nursing Agency Adult Day Services strives to maintain or improve the quality of life for functionally and cognitively impaired adults 18 and older by delivering an individualized plan of care. Earlier this month The Pennsylvania House of Representatives designated the week of November 3 through November 9, 2002 as ‘Adult Day Services Week’ in Pennsylvania.
The therapeutic day program also enables individuals to remain in their homes and yields a significant benefit to caregivers who will have some time to tend to their own personal or work needs while their loved one is in the care of the Home Nursing Agency Adult Day Services staff.
“The Home Nursing Agency is very fortunate to have established excellent partnerships with the County officials, Area Office on Aging and the local community who have been so supportive of the agency over the years. The Adult Day Services Program is another good example of what can happen when organizations work together for the good of the community,” said Robert Packer, President and CEO of the Home Nursing Agency.
Lisa Brown, Director of Home Nursing Agency’s Adult Day Services said, “Improving the health and functioning of every adult day participant is our goal and encompasses our whole approach to caring for the individual. Fortunately, our goal has been very attainable over the past two years because of the agency’s philosophy on intense client/family focus and dedication from experienced and caring staff.”
Brown added, “I have big plans to go outside of the building so we can service more people because as I’ve been going around marketing the program and talking to discharge planners at the hospital, people at HealthSouth and different places, there’s definitely a need for this type of service in the area.”
Whether individuals have been diagnosed with communication disorders, are exhibiting memory deficiencies from the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, have a chronic illness, or other limitations with mobility or activities of daily living, the very skilled and compassionate staff at Adult Day provides the necessary support and health care services as directed by a physician.
“It’s truly a viable option for caregivers,” said Anthony Maniglia, MD, of Blair Medical Associates. “I have a lot of patients who are caring for their parents as well as their own children and quite often they are very drained both physically and emotionally. Since the program offers such a ‘personal touch,’ the caregivers can rest assured their loved one is in an environment that is both comfortable and stimulating.”
Having this option also can help caregivers avoid premature institutionalization of their loved ones. And since the program is held under the auspices of the Home Nursing Agency, participants have direct access to all the agency’s medical resources and services.
With Home Nursing Agency’s Adult Day programs already in Ebensburg and Johnstown as well as in Bedford, over 50 people are currently being served in the program where activities are designed to meet the needs of each individual and their level of physical and/or cognitive functioning.
Structure is extremely important in the program, and a daily activity calendar provides a broad range of physical and cognitive stimulation to the client. However, programming remains flexible to meet a variety of client needs and to afford them the opportunity to succeed, which is a top priority in the Home Nursing Agency’s Adult Day Service program.
“We never ask a question that one of our participants can’t answer or issue a task above their cognitive or physical abilities. We meet the individual where they are because we want them to succeed on their level. We’ve had a lot of success here and success is measured differently for each person,” according to Brown, who tracks customer satisfaction regularly through surveys.
Aside from the center’s direct care staff, professional oversight is provided by the client’s physician, and a registered nurse works on site. The availability of physical, occupational and speech therapies help to ensure the overall health and safety of clients as well.
In addition, three nutritious meals are served each day, which provides for the daily requirements of a client’s nutritional intake.
Brown stated, “The benefits of a program like this are two fold; not just for the client, but for the caregiver also.
For further information or to make arrangements for Adult Day Services, call Lisa Brown at 946-5411 or 1-800-445-6262.