CambridgeACT on Alzheimer’s: Adult day programs

The CambridgeACT on Alzheimer’s Survey Team

In an effort to raise awareness, educate our community, reduce the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s disease and assist families who have been touched by Alzheimer’s disease; this month’s article highlights Adult Day Programs.

In past articles we have discussed the importance of caregivers taking a break from the person they are caring for. Not only will the caregiver benefit from taking time to rest and renew themselves; the person being cared for benefits as well. Adult Day programs are one option that will provide a break to the caregiver while providing health services, therapeutic services and social activities.

When you are caring for someone, it’s okay to take a break. It is important to take a break from your caregiving responsibilities. It is not only okay to take a break; it is your right as a caregiver. It’s important to stay healthy both physically and emotionally. No one can keep going day after day without a break. Sooner or later, it is going to catch up with you; and not only will you suffer, but the person you are caring for will as well. Who will provide the care to this person if something happens to you? Mother Teresa reminds us of this simple fact – “To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.”

One option available to caregivers who need a break is Adult Day Programs. Currently we have one adult day program that serves our area;

Elim Oasis Adult Day Health Center in Princeton. Elim Oasis is a licensed day program and has been serving this area for 12 years.
Elim provides comprehensive social and healthcare programming. Elim Oasis provides health care services and social stimulation for older adults who cannot be left at home alone safely. By utilizing their services caregivers are allowed to continuing working, run errands or just have some time by themselves. Elim Oasis provides caregivers with peace of mind that the person they are caring for is in a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment. In addition to social stimulation and basic supervision, a menu of healthcare services is available to guests, including:
• Monitoring temperature and blood pressure.
• Set up and administering medication.
• Giving assistance with activities of daily living (walking, transfers and physician ordered treatments).
• Strength training and rehabilitation services.
• Providing personal cares (showers, shampoos, shaving and nail care) available for an additional charge.

Transportation services to and from Elim Oasis are available for an additional charge. The day center is open Monday through Friday and programming is offered from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, current rates or to arrange a personal tour of the facility, call Director Chris Dougherty at 763-631-1150.

The Adult Day Center, Elim Oasis, will enable people to live longer in their own homes by maintaining their strength and health through supportive day services.

“Everything and everyone needs a break.” ~Toba Beta

The following events are scheduled coming up this month. You are welcome and invited to join us.
• A Powerful Tools Workshop is being offered April 17 through May 22. To register call Jayne Mund, caregiver consultant, at 763-689-8811. Registration is required. Due to the nature of this workshop, we cannot accept walk-ins. Please make care arrangements for the person you care for. The workshop starts April 17 and goes through May 22. Class meets six consecutive Mondays from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Family Pathways Building in Cambridge, 1575 First Ave. E.

• Mark your calendars for a Senior Health and Wellness Screening on Tuesday April 25 at City Center Mall in Cambridge from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information about the CambridgeACT on Alzheimer’s call Julie Tooker at 763-691-6192. For caregiver support and information about local resources contact Jayne Mund at 763-689-8811.

Your input and assistance is valuable. Let’s ACT together to create and sustain a dementia friendly community. There is Hope. There is Help.

• Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group meets the third Tuesday of the month from 10-11:30 a.m. at Mill Ridge Terrace, 235 Fern St. N., Cambridge. Contact Molly Carlson for more information at [email protected] or call 763-691-6172

• Alzheimer’s Association, Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter,, 800-272-3900 24-hour helpline.