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In-Home Activities for Seniors

dstricoff May 14th, 2012, 11:02 AM
Debbie Stricoff, Dir., Adult Day Care Services
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110964800Not only does the VNSNY CHOICE Adult Day Center keep seniors socializing and stimulated while at the center, but we continue to look for ways to support caregivers at home. By doing activities at home with seniors, especially those with dementia, caregivers may find they help to reduce agitation, improve alertness and mood, and decrease depression.

Ms. R. is a great example of how an adult day center, a Medicaid Managed Care Program and caregivers at home can work together to keep seniors living at home safely. Ms. R., 82 years old with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, has been attending our center for over 2 years. She’s been consistently attending 3 days a week, loves to socialize and participates enthusiastically in activities.

In recent months, she became more confused and depressed, and her attendance at the center became more sporadic. Day center staff reported the changes to her nurse and social worker in the VNSNY CHOICE Medicaid Managed Care Program. They immediately followed up with her physician and family caregiver. Her daughter voiced concern about Ms. R being able to  remain at home safely.

Our Recreation Coordinator spoke to Ms. R’s daughter about trying activities at home to provide stimulation and help with depression. We started sending activities home, including jewelry, puzzles and word games. Ms. R’s daughter worked with her Home Health Aide to do activities at home on the days she doesn’t attend the center. Since Ms. R. started doing activities at home, she’s more alert, her depression has lifted, and she’s attending the day center regularly again. There’s a noticeable improvement in cognitive and mental health.

Ms. R’s daughter shared with us that keeping her mother stimulated and working with the VNSNY CHOICE care team is key to helping her continue to live at home safely and function as highly as possible. If you would like more information on the VNSNY CHOICE Medicaid Managed Care Program (MLTC), please check out http://2012.vnsnychoice.org/.

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