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Learn how Agrace's adult day care services can help you care for an elderly loved one.
The Agrace Adult Day Center is a bright, safe, supportive place for seniors to have engaging care and companionship on weekdays. It is open Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This freestanding center is centrally located at 1702 W. Beltline Highway in Madison, with easy access from the Fish Hatchery Road and Todd Drive exits on the Beltline.
The Center is certified by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ Division of Quality Assurance. It is open to all seniors who are in need of companionship and help with daily activities.
Each day, we engage seniors in activities that can help slow the progression of dementia and reduce cognitive decline. This compassionate, direct care gives a much-needed break to family caregivers. So, even when you cannot be home with them, your loved one can still enjoy:
Other services, such as showers and foot care, are offered for an additional charge.
Sample Activity Schedule at the Agrace Adult Day Center
Designated members of our staff are trained to administer clients’ medications from the written order of their doctor/primary health care provider. All medications given are documented for family members’ reference.
The Agrace Adult Day Center is for older adults who cannot or choose not to stay alone all day. They may live alone, with family members or in assisted living—but appreciate the reassurance and support of having others with them throughout the day.
This service is especially helpful for seniors with dementia or cognitive decline that affects their memory and decision-making. And it lets families take a regular break from caregiving.
Your loved one does not need to be a hospice patient or have any serious illness to receive care at the Center. It’s a safe, structured, compassionate space where Agrace’s staff support the mental, emotional and physical needs of seniors and people with memory loss.
If you believe the Adult Day Center would help your loved one, but they do not understand the point or refuse to go, here are 12 ideas to try that may build your loved one’s interest in attending:
Are they bored, lonely or unsafe? Offer the Day Center as an answer to a problem they can grasp or feel.
Start by going one day a week, then increase the number of days to fit both your needs.
What do they enjoy at home that’s also happening at Agrace—games, cards, reminiscing, favorite movies, music, exercise, talking about history? Ask for the Center’s current monthly calendar and look for an interesting activity.
This can help them feel safe, then gradually wean yourself away. Stay awhile, then run an errand your loved one would not find appealing.
Call it the Day Center, Agrace Center or the club.
Start with lunch together there the first day, then plan to start an activity right after lunch.
Help them meet one staff member or volunteer so there’s a friendly face on the first visit.
Tell them there’s plenty of space so they can be as close to or far from others as they want, and they can be in a bright or dark area, as they prefer.
Say, “They need you to come and help them … cook, fold laundry, set up a game, make some decorations, learn about ________.”
If cost is mentioned, address the topic with reassurance; some people refuse what they assume they (or you) cannot afford.
Present it as a place to talk with others about a topic that interests them (hobbies, childhood, profession, pastimes or collections).
Explain that their doctor (or other trusted person) recommends they attend.
Care at the Center is overseen by a registered nurse (RN) manager. The nurse ensures each client’s daily medication needs are met.
The staff also includes trained caregivers, an activities coordinator, volunteers, and a meal preparation chef from the Agrace kitchen. Clients receive nutritious meals, with caregivers providing meal set-up and feeding assistance to meet each person’s cognitive, physical and emotional needs.
Volunteer opportunities are available at the Center. Click for more information about becoming a volunteer today.
Most clients pay privately, unless their care is covered by long-term care insurance or another third-party payor. Community sources for payment assistance may be available to families who are unable to pay the daily fee.