OSWEGO – For registrant’s in the St. Luke Adult Day Health Care program, National Adult Day Services Week, which runs September 18 – 24, will be “business as usual”, and that means a week full of activities, outings and entertainment!
“The week will give St. Luke the opportunity to both celebrate the success of the Adult Day Health Care Program, and a chance to educate the public about the value of these services in the continuum of community-based care, says program director Sherry Harrison. “Adult day care centers are safe places of caring, of activities and socialization as well as health, personal care and therapeutic services.”
To mark the event and acknowledge the important role Adult Day Care programs play in the local healthcare community, Mayor Randy Bateman issued a Proclamation in recognition of Adult Day Services Week in the City of Oswego.
Entertainment, recreational activities, trips and a family barbeque are just some of the events planned to celebrate this special week at St. Luke.
National Adult Day Services Week was first started in 1983, recognized by the United States Congress and proclaimed by then President Ronald Reagan. Currently there are over 4100 centers across the United States serving thousands of families.
When opened in 1993, the St. Luke Adult Day Health Care program was the first of its kind in Oswego County. “Our medical-model adult day care program is a daily health monitoring and activities program designed to promote independence and delay institutionalization of a disabled adult,” said Harrison. “We serve individuals age 18 years and older who require on-going rehabilitation and medical services in an atmosphere that is friendly, safe and supportive.”
Since opening, the Adult Day Health Care program has served registrants and families from all across Oswego County, including people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related illnesses, traumatic brain injuries, chronic illnesses and developmental disabilities.
Harrison, who is in her twelfth year as program director oversees a staff that includes registered and licensed nurses, a registered dietician, activities specialist, social worker, secretary and certified nursing assistants.
Program registrants can attend Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Registrants can attend up to five days a week and as few as one day a week. Transportation for county residents can be arranged. For more information about the St. Luke Adult Day Health Care Program, call 342-3166, or find us on the web at www.stlukehs.com.
The St. Luke Family of Caring is an affiliation of community-based, not-for-profit healthcare providers serving the greater-Oswego County area. Affiliates include St. Luke Health Services and Bishop’s Commons Assistive Living Residence in Oswego and Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton. Together they provide care and services to over 350 people, and together employ over 470 in our community. Please visit us on the web at www.stlukehs.com.