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Easter Seals Adult Day Services

Easter Seals Adult Day Services

In 1983, Former President Ronald Reagan recognized the need for adult day services. He proclaimed that the week beginning September 25, 1983 as National Adult Day Care Center Week. Throughout the week of September 21-25, 2009 we will be celebrating Adult Day Care here at Easter Seals Adult Day Services. Since 1995, our center has been providing care and changing lives of seniors and adults with disabilities in Washington County.
Our program was created as a response to the rising elderly population and the visible need for quality, community-based services. Since our opening 14 years ago, Easter Seals has served over 2,100 seniors and adults with disabilities. In fact, Easter Seals National Network of Adult and Senior Services have identified our center as a "Center for Excellence." This honor has been bestowed upon only 15 of the 76 centers within the National Network.
Easter Seals Adult Day Services is a licensed medical & social model of care that provides medical, mental health and medication monitoring along with a wide range of therapeutic group activities, educational classes, nutritious lunch, transportation, and socialization opportunities. The structured activities program includes games, crafts, and field trips to help people remain as independent as possible while receiving quality care in a safe, homelike environment.
Our participants deserve the best that we have to offer. Listed below are just some of the services that Easter Seals Adult Day Services affords our participants.
- Increased personal safety with supervision in a protective environment, and quality medical services.
- Carefully planned daily exercises and activities that enhance health and happiness.
- Linkage to community resources for legal advise, adaptive equipment, entitlement application and renewal, medical services, psychiatric services, etc.
- A caring environment with a ratio of one professional to every six participants.
- Committed, professional staff - who make health monitoring, personal care a top priority.
- Intergenerational activities with local school and day care centers.
- A warm and inviting alternative to long-term care placement allowing our participants to continue living at home.
Our program is designed to offer a community-based alternative to institutional care for seniors and adults with disabilities - individuals who want to live independently in their homes and familiar communities but are at risk of losing their independence due to increasing physical frailty, memory impairments, or a disabling condition, such as Alzheimer's disease or a stroke. Our center is a "one-stop shop," affording caregivers the options of additional services for their loved ones.
In our efforts to continually fulfill the needs of our participants, Easter Seals also strives to meet the needs of the caregiver. Easter Seals supports the caregiver by providing:
- Peace of mind in knowing that your loved one is receiving quality care.
- Respite from the stress of caregiving to allow caregivers time away to accomplish every day tasks such as, grocery shopping, getting a haircut, etc.
- Caregiver support in planning for the future needs of their loved one.
If you are interested in finding out more call Tawnya Creager at 301.745.3828.
In February 2008, a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Adult Day Services Association, Inc. revealed:
- Nearly one out of every four U.S. households (23 percent, or 22.4 million) provides care to a relative or friend aged 50 or older.
- More than 3,500 adult day centers are currently operating in the U.S. providing care for 150,000 older Americans each day.
- 59 percent of the participants require assistance with two or more activities of daily living: eating, bathing, toileting or transferring; 41 percent require assistance in three or more areas.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a study stating that the older population will increase drastically between the years 2010 and 2030 when the "baby boom" generation reaches age 65.
- By 2030, there will be about 70 million older persons, more than twice the number in 2000. Individuals 65+ represented 12.4 percent of the population in the year 2000 but are expected to grow to be 20 percent of the population by 2030, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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