Daytime programs for frail seniors protecting health, preventing institutionalization and providing caregiver support. Scholarship fund preserves care during crises; Quality medication and injury prevention services.
"I felt overwhelmed," Daneen P. says. "I had just moved my 85-year old mother in with me from rural Missouri. Mom was in a wheelchair most of the time and didn't know anyone out here, but I still needed to work."
"Daneen called the Network's free information line and reached the outreach director who helped assess her mother's situation, explained what adult day programs offer and recommended two local programs. "The Network information was so helpful. I was able to enroll Mom in an adult day program in a very short time."
"Mom now has a supportive place to go during the day, and I'm able to keep working. She loves it and shows a sense of independence and purpose. She's made friends there. The activities keep her stimulated, especially the music and singing. The exercises they do strengthened her so much; within a few weeks she no longer used a wheelchair. I have peace of mind now, and I didn't have to put her in a nursing home."
Service highlights during the past 12 months:
- Provided funding for 1,500 days of subsidized adult day services.
- Responded to 1,200 telephone, website and in-person information requests from seniors and caregivers, providing a listening ear, individualized referrals and practical written materials.
- Arranged for and covered the costs for 60 home modifications across Alameda County, including the installation of grab bars, fire extinguishers, stair rails and portable wheel chair ramps.