Q&A: Is Adult Day Health Care for You?

Welcome back to our Q&A series! We’re working to demystify Adult Day Heath Care one week at a time. Today, we’ll be telling you a little bit more about the people we serve.

Who can benefit from the Center’s active program of care and rehabilitation?

The individuals who attend the Peg Taylor Center have a wide range of health concerns. Many want to continue their rehabilitation after a stroke or injury; others need help with managing the many health issues created by diabetes. Some come to us with cardiac or respiratory illness, or are coping with memory loss.

And then there are those people who are simply looking for new ways of remaining active and enjoying a great day full of  friendship, while receiving needed help with mobility assistance and nursing care, such as monitoring of blood pressures and medications, and active support when problems arise that need to be addressed.

Because there is no “one-size-fits-all” solution to improve health after an illness, Peg Taylor Center participants and their families work closely with our team  of nurses, social workers and therapists, under the guidance of their personal physicians, to develop an individualized treatment plan. We strive to address both physical and emotional health, providing a support structure through which our clients can maintain a positive quality of life.

Thanks for joining us! Check back the first Thursday in July, when we’ll discuss the ideal timing for starting at the Center. In the meantime, happy Memorial Day!

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Q&A: An Introduction to Adult Day Health Care

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“This place has changed my life. I feel like I can now function as a human being again.” (Photo by Tom Barrett)

Although the Peg Taylor Center is currently celebrating our 26th year of service, many people in the community still aren’t sure what Adult Day Health Care is. Often, a potential participant or their loved ones hear about Adult Day Health Care for the first time when they are referred to our Center by a doctor, social worker, or friend.

Families usually have many questions when they first come through our doors. Over the next couple of months, we’ll be answering those questions here on the blog in our Q&A column. Today, we’ll start with some basic information about Adult Day Health Care.

What is Adult Day Health Care? What can it do for my family?

Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) provides comprehensive support for adults of all ages who have the need for some assistance in their daily lives due to injury or illness, and who are seeking improved health and independence. Our participants live alone or with loved ones, and come to the Center between one and five days each week.

Because families and caregivers often play a vital role in our clients’ lives, Adult Day Health Care is a family-centered program. Participants and their families work with a social worker, nurse, physical therapist, and activity director to develop a personalized care plan in conjunction with their doctor’s advice.

The benefits of Adult Day Health Care are numerous, and results often begin to show shortly after starting the program. Nursing care, physical, occupational & speech therapies, meals and nutritional counseling, and social & educational activities work together to strengthen both physical health and mental acuity.

Adult Day Health Care centers also function as community centers, providing a supportive social outlet for adults who might otherwise be isolated in their homes. Participants form lifelong friendships and find meaning in projects and activities. Many participants set goals such as regaining abilities after a stroke or accident–one of our participants regained his driver’s license, while another learned to paint with her non-dominant hand–and they work to achieve those goals with the support of staff and friends. Remarkable recovery can result from this continuing teamwork.

Finally, Adult Day Health Care provides respite and support for caregivers, allowing time for work, errands, or daily activities, all the while knowing that their loved ones are safe and cared for at the Center. Our staff works closely with caregivers to ensure that their needs are being met, as well as the participants’.

Next week, we’ll be talking about who can benefit from Adult Day Health Care at the Peg Taylor Center, and in what circumstances you might want to consider ADHC for yourself or a loved one. In the meantime, have you had an experience with Adult Day Health Care? Tell us all about it in the comments below.

The Great Big Sponsor Thank-You

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The Porras-Corporon family and friends

Oh, how we love our Poppy Walk sponsors! We’re happy to report that we increased our sponsorships by 62% over last year.

We’re grateful that our community is so supportive and we just loved hearing your well-wishes for the Center.

You’ve seen some of our sponsors featured on the blog already. Now we’d like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors–every family and organization you see on the back of your 2012 Poppy Walk t-shirt.

We’re sure you’re wearing your t-shirt right now, so we’ll make it easy for you. Here are the sponsors of the Second Annual Poppy Walk:

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Sponsor Spotlight: Landacorp

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This year’s Poppy Walk may be over, but we’re still rolling out our Sponsor Spotlights. Today we’re featuring Landacorp, who has supported the Walk two years running.

For more than 30 years, Landacorp has provided care and health management services and tools in our community, using technology to link health care providers, health plans, and the people they serve.

Landacorp had a whole team of runners and walkers at the event, including the Huber family (pictured). Thanks for coming out!

Sponsor Spotlight: Corporon Law Office

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First, a quick note: We’ll be at Fleet Feet from 10-6 tomorrow, accepting new registrations and giving out packets to those who have pre-registered (of course, you can also pick up your packet–and even register–on the day of the walk). Stop by and say hello!

Today we’re featuring Corporon Law Office. Established in 2002, the firm is an elder law and estate planning practice providing estate and long term care planning, Veteran’s Benefits counseling, and other services. They feel it’s important to support the Center because:

We are so fortunate to have the Peg Taylor Center in our community.  It provides invaluable services to individuals who are elderly or have disabilities, enabling them to live independently.

Scott Corporon and Josie Porras Corporon will be out at the Walk on Saturday–Scott’s band, Hundred Dollar Groom, will be playing for all of us. What a treat!

Sponsor Spotlight: Merit Meditrans

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Today we’re shining the spotlight on another one of our wonderful sponsors, Merit Medi-Trans.

Established in 1980, Merit Medi-Trans provides transportation from Redding all the way to Yuba City, allowing the mobility-impaired to go about their lives safely and independently. When asked why it’s important to support the Peg Taylor Center, they said:

The Peg Taylor Center allows people to continue living in their own homes, providing a cost-effective way for clients to retain their dignity and their independence.

The whole Merit family will be out on Saturday.

Sponsor Spotlight: Tri Counties Bank

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Is it Tuesday already? Saturday and the Poppy Walk will be here before we know it! This week we’re featuring each of our major sponsors, to thank them for their contribution to the center. Today, that sponsor is Tri Counties Bank.

Established in 1975 by community members who wanted more options for local lending, Tri Counties is Chico’s oldest hometown bank. When asked why supporting the Peg Taylor Center was important, they said:

As a local bank, part of our commitment is to give back to the communities we serve. The Peg Taylor Center provides a service that is important to our customers who are helping to provide long-term care for their aging parents.

Tri Counties helped us inaugurate the Poppy Walk last year as well. We’re delighted to have them partnering with us in this special event!

Sponsor Spotlight: PlumbingSupply.com

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We’re entering the home-stretch! The Poppy Walk is less than a week away and we couldn’t be more excited. In this countdown week, we’d like to tell you a little bit about our major sponsors–the companies and community members without whom the Poppy Walk would be nothing but a good idea. The first of our major sponsors is Chico-based PlumbingSupply.com.

Established in 1995, PlumbingSupply.com was the very first company to sell plumbing supplies online. When asked why supporting the Peg Taylor Center is important, they shared this:

 We love supporting local organizations who help others. Our team is family oriented, and we enjoy the satisfaction of supporting organizations that help those in need. We truly embrace the feeling of giving back to our community as much as we can.

The PlumbingSupply.com team will also be out in full force this Saturday at the Walk. We can’t wait to see them there!

Registration for the Poppy Walk is Now Open

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The Poppy Walk is Only Eight Weeks Away!

Last year’s walk was such a success, we just had to do it again. The Second Annual Poppy Walk & 5K Run will be held Saturday, April 14th at the One Mile Picnic Area in Bidwell Park.

All of the funds raised through the Poppy Walk go directly to provide health care, transportation and meals at the Peg Taylor Center. The walk is a fun and affordable way to support people in need in our community, and registration is easy–just click here to enter online. We can’t wait to see you there!

P.S. Can’t wait for April? Check out our Facebook Page for a gallery from last year’s Poppy Walk.