It is a structured comprehensive program that abides by government standards and provides a variety of health, social and related support services in a protective, homelike environment. The center’s clients participate on a pre-scheduled basis as walk-in clients cannot be accepted. The center operates under the direction of a director who is a Registered Nurse (RN) with a master’s degree in Nursing. Additional staff includes Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) and specially trained volunteers. Consultants are available to provide services as needed in order to supplement professional staff and enhance the quality of the program.
Candidates must be diagnosed by a physician as having Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. In addition, an assessment by the center’s nursing staff is required prior to enrollment to determine the level of participation of which they are capable. Ideal candidates are individuals who have good general health and mobility and are able to perform activities of daily living with little to moderate supervision.
The Adult Day Center and In-home Respite Care Program provide caregivers with a much needed break from the daily responsibilities of direct care. These services allow caregivers to:
- Continue to work outside the home.
- Delay placement in a nursing home for as long as possible.
- Schedule appointments, run errands, or simply have “personal time.”
If you are a caregiver who is not taking time for yourself, you may be putting yourself at risk for serious health problems. As a caregiver, you devote a significant amount of time and energy to the person with Alzheimer’s disease. But too often, caregivers do not recognize their own needs or simply do not know where to turn to for help. At the Jud C. Hickey Center, we are here for you as well as for your loved one.