McDowell offers adult day program

September 22, 2004

Adults who require medical care and supervision during the day can benefit from the Adult Day Health program at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center.

The program has numerous activities planned this week, which is National Adult Day Health Week.

"Our program serves adults age 21 and older who require 24-hour care and who otherwise may be in a nursing home," said Dallasteen Sizemore, program coordinator.

"We provide care to these individuals during the day when their caregiver is working or needs a break from caring for them."

Services are provided to individuals in Boyle, Casey, Garrard, Lincoln, Marion, Mercer and Washington counties.

Participants in the program have to be referred and must have a doctor's order to attend.

The program accepts private pay participants or individuals covered by Medicaid as long as the individual meets at least two of nine criteria established by the Medicaid program for eligibility.


Sizemore said the Adult Day Health program makes a difference in the lives of its participants.

She noted that many of the participants might spend their days at home in front of a television if it weren't for the program, which provides socialization opportunities for the participants, in addition to other services.

"We provide a lot of activities to the individuals we see each day," Sizemore said. Those include arts and crafts, games and outings to local parks.

Other services include medical and personal care services, and physical therapy and occupational therapy services are available. Each participant receives lunch and two snacks daily.

Transportation is available, through a contracted service, as needed to get participants to and from the program.

Staff sees positive changes

Sizemore said the staff typically sees positive changes in participants after they enroll in the program. Primarily, the participants learn daily living skills that include such simple things as making choices, walking in a straight line or going to the bathroom on their own or with minimal assistance.

"We have found that our program increases participants' mobility and also helps them to be more patient," Sizemore said. "We want them to be as independent as they can be."

The Adult Day Health program is licensed to serve 25 individuals, and currently provides services to about 12 adults each day.

Not all participants are present at the same time. Participants may attend from one to five days a week, based on their assessment and family needs.

Respite (short term) care is also available, with an hourly rate charged for services.

The program is directed by a registered nurse and nursing home administrator. A registered nurse or licensed practical nurse is on duty and administers medications and treatments as needed.

Other staff members include a certified activities coordinator and certified nursing assistants.

All have successfully completed a course in CPR.

For more information about the Adult Day Health program, call (859) 239-1450.

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