Ebenezer Adult Day Services

Ebenezer Adult Day Services…….Making Each Day Count

 Adult Day Services can be a lifesaver for both the person who attends the program and the caregiver. Here’s a typical story shared by Ebenezer Adult Day Program.

Max and Sadie are a typical couple in their 80s. Married for over 50 years, they did everything together. So when Max had a stroke, it was only natural that Sadie became his primary caregiver. Max used a wheelchair at home, where Sadie also helped to bathe him as well as helped him with other daily activities. After several months, their children noticed that Sadie was losing weight, seemed tired and irritable, and was not getting everything done around the house. Due to the increase in care needed for Max, Sadie quit her bridge group and other activities she used to enjoy because she didn’t have time. Max’s demeanor changed as well; a naturally gregarious man, he became withdrawn. He missed going out and meeting people.

Fortunately, Max and Sadie’s care provider recommended they explore an Adult Day Center. After meeting with the Program Director, Max and Sadie found a great fit with an Ebenezer Adult Day Center near their neighborhood. While Max attended the Adult Day Center, Sadie had an opportunity to get things done around the house and take some time for herself. The day program has had an upside for Max as well. Max has made friends at the Adult Day Center where he enjoys getting out and sharing his stories. He also enjoys a whirlpool bath at the center, relieving Sadie of having to do this task at home.

Sadie and Max feel that he is being well cared for at the Day Center and that Max is having a good time when he goes. Both report that Adult Day has relieved a lot of stress in their lives. Their adult children have said that they noticed a more positive environment in their parents’ home and they are hopeful this program will help them continue to stay in their own home.

 Adult Day Centers

The above story is just one example of how day centers can assist families/individuals. Adult Day clients spend time socializing and doing many activities such as exercise, arts and crafts, Life Long Learning, community outings, cooking, baking, and spiritual services/worship. But Adult Day is more than socializing for some. When needed, clients are assisted with daily cares—like bathing, medication administration, and specialized diets.

Attending the centers can be funded through county, private pay, Veteran’s Administration or long term care insurance. The price of the Adult Day Center includes snacks and lunch at each location.

The benefits of attending the Adult Day Center vary with each individual needs and situation. Families express to staff the benefits of having a place for their loved one to come for the day. This allows caregivers the opportunity to have time to do things they aren’t able to do while caring for their loved one. It also provides relief for the caregiver to know their loved one is in a safe positive environment, socializing with others instead of being isolated.

Ebenezer Adult Day Centers are located in Burnsville, Hastings, Minneapolis, and Rosemount. These centers live up to the core values of Ebenezer by providing services for clients with dignity, compassion, and integrity. One client reported, “As a newcomer, I liked everything about Ebenezer Adult Day Program. I feel welcome because everybody is so friendly.” Center hours vary at each location. Information can be obtained by contacting each director – Victoria at Burnsville and Rosemount Centers (952-898-3085), Nanette at Hastings Center (651-438-9800), and Deb at Minneapolis Center (612-879-2311).

Since 1917, Ebenezer, a part of Fairview Health Services, has helped older adults and others make their lives more independent, healthful, meaningful and secure.