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Adult day care is a critical service in the continuum of care that allows individuals with disabilities and seniors who need supervision to remain in their homes. Without this service, most would end up in skilled nursing facilities.
—Margaret Long, Program Manager, Larimer County Office on Aging

A few weeks ago I attended the grand opening for the new location in Fort Collins for Elderhaus Adult Day Program and Mindset Creative Community Resources, who offer services for all ages, not just the elderly. I was thoroughly impressed with what the staff at this facility offers. I wonder if the community realizes how lucky they are to have such an amazing nonprofit in Northern Colorado?

Do you know there is help available if you have family members with dementia or fronto-temporal issues? The special people at this day program will care for and supervise your loved ones during the day, providing meals, outings in the community and activities. This service provides a much-needed and deserved break to caregivers, knowing their loved ones are safe during the day.

They also have an entire occupational therapy program for people of all ages with problems such as traumatic brain injuries, veterans challenges, Down syndrome and many others, helping them relearn independent living skills. Along with physical rehabilitation, they have a kitchen and laundry facilities to teach everyday tasks. They even take clients to grocery stores and teach them how to shop again. The stories the staff tells about the families they have helped are truly moving and inspiring.

The Fort Collins community, the director, Joanne Vande Walle, and her staff all deserve huge thanks for all the work and donations provided over the past several years to make this facility a reality. You should be very proud of Elderhaus, and also very thankful to have such a wonderful place for you or your family members available. Having recently dealt with these issues with my own family, you just don't realize how special the people are at these facilities until you need them. Congratulations, Fort Collins!

Jan Carter  Jan Carter, Boulder

Published in the Fort Collins Coloradoan, August 2, 2016

 

Services

 

Elderhaus offers an assortment of services and activities that engage clientele in improving all aspects of their health, thus enhancing their overall well-being. All programs and activities are designed to address the unique challenges each client faces. The programs are developed by Elderhaus’ executive director in collaboration with the client’s physician, who must sign-off on the plan. Participants benefit from socialization, cognitive stimulation and physical exercise experienced in these programs. Elderhaus participants are empowered by the ability to choose which activities they would like to be involved with.


•   Direct Care: The direct care program includes daily, hands-on care for clients. This program is fully supervised and facilitated by compassionate, professional staff members. Client needs may include peri-care, eating assistance, medication management and activities of daily living. 

•   Health monitoring: Elderhaus’ health monitoring services provide Elderhaus clients blood pressure and weight checks twice monthly as preventative measures. These are reported to families in detailed, monthly progress notes.


•    Nutrition Programs: Elderhaus is proud to participate in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service program, specifically the Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Financial support from CACFP helps Elderhaus serve nutritious and appetizing meals for functionally impaired adults. Elderhaus is accountable for ensuring all state and federal guidelines are carried out with integrity.

•    Mentoring and Counseling: Caregivers of adults with special needs who provide 24-hour care every day often experience emotional isolation in addition to physical, mental and financial stress. The latest statistics show that 87 percent of caregivers will pass away before the one they are caring for. Elderhaus provides caregiver support to any caregiver through the Life’s Transitions group. This weekly support group helps people face and overcome the challenges and changes in their life. In 2010, there were over 250 people served by  this valuable resource.  The support group meets each Wednesday at 9am at our 6813 S. College location.  Please come join us.



•    Mobile Health Services: Each month, Elderhaus sends a professional into ten different communities to provide free blood pressure checks to Larimer County residents. Elderhaus and the Office on Aging sponsor this service. Community members are thus able to track their blood pressures on a regular basis and between doctors’ appointments.  Please contact Elderhaus if you are interested in having checks performed at your location.


•    Health Fair: A “mini health fair” is offered annually at nine different community sites. Free services include: blood pressure clinics, glaucoma checks (in partnership with Advanced Eye Care), bone density tests (in partnership with Poudre Valley Hospital), and oral health information (partnership with Front Range Community College). The Rehabilitation and Visiting Nurse Association offers flu/pneumonia shots at these mini fairs. The outcomes of these outreach programs are incredible. Through this program approximately 1,371 individuals had their blood pressures checked in 2008.

 

•    Volunteer and Employment opportunities: Elderhaus presents an opportunity for volunteers from universities and the local school districts to contribute to society through diverse mentoring opportunities. 

Elderhaus offers an Employee Assistant Program to assist employees through continuing education and encouragement of a positive work-life balance. While many Elderhaus staff members do have their Certified Nursing Assistant certification (C.N.A.), all staff are trained in C.P.R. (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), C.P.I. (Crisis Prevention Intervention without restraint), Q.M.A.P. (Qualified Medication Administration Personnel), and extensive in-service training in many different areas. 

•    Veterans Services: Look for services offered to veterans under the "Services" drop-down menu above.