THE ADHC AM/PM MESSENGER
SPRING EDITION MARCH 2009
6442 SOUTH YAKIMA AVE TACOMA, WA 98408 459-7222 www.multicare.org/adhc
HEALTH FOCUS FOR
BRAIN AWARENESS MONTH RECOGNITIONS
CAFFEINE AWARENESS MONTH AM BIRTHDAYS
THE AM PROGRAM
FOOD FOCUS FOR PARTICIPANTS
MARCH WHO WILL BE CELEBRATING
PEANUT MONTH THERE ARE NO A BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH
COCA-COLA MONTH PLANNED CLOSURES ARE:
FROZEN FOOD MONTH OF THE CENTER VICKY C.
GRAHAM CRACKERS MONTH TODD F.
MUSIC/GAME/FASHION MONTH LORI G.
ARTS & CRAFTS OF MARCH! REBECCA H.
FOCUS FOR MARCH ROBERT (BOB) H.
CRAFT MONTH SEVERE WEATHER BETTY L.
GREEN MONTH PROCEDURES BETTY L.
YOUTH ART MONTH TUWANDA M.
STAMPING CRAFTS MONTH
A copy of the procedures
was mailed home in REBECCA P.
PEOPLE/PROFESSIONAL November. JAKE P.
PRIDE FOR MARCH If you do not have a copy WAYNE R.
SOCIAL WORKER of the
ADHC PM BIRTHDAYS
S.C.O.P.E. Severe Weather Procedures THE PM PROGRAM
FOCUS FOR MARCH please check PARTICIPANTS
Social/Cultural Observances our website or call us and WHO WILL BE CELEBRATING
and request a copy to be sent A BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH
Political Events ARE:
IRISH-AMERICAN MONTH WENDY G.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION MIKE O.
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH SCOTT R.
SPRING INTO SPRING MONTH JAMES S.
We will be recognizing those
DAYLIGHT SAVINGS with MARCH birthdays on
TIME MONDAY MARCH 16TH!
SUNDAY MARCH 8TH!
SET YOUR CLOCK
SAVE ADULT DAY HEALTH!
WE NEED YOU TO
ADULT DAY HEALTH
PLEASE KEEP WRITING YOUR LETTERS
AND CALLING YOUR
IF YOU NEED or WANT SOME
NUMBERS AND FIGURES AS TO
HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED
IF THE CENTER IS CLOSED PLEASE CALL
YOU ADHC CASE MANAGER OR CALL
OUR MANAGER-TANYA AT 459-7222.
OTHERWISE, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO
WRITE ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU WANT
AND NEED THE SERVICES THAT
MULTICARE’S ADULT DAY HEALTH
KEEP THOSE LETTERS FLOWING!
KEEP OUR DOORS OPEN!
Communication Helps Everyone!
Caregivers, we must ask your help in a very important area!!!
Communication is the key in our ability to support and care for any of our
participants. There are many changes in our participant’s lives that DO affect how they
act and react here at the Center. Please give us a call or email us if there are some
significant changes in a participant’s life.
If there is a change in medicine or prescription levels, address, employment status,
or caregivers (new staff or staff leaving) a simple phone call can assist us in supporting
or redirecting a participant.
We are not trying to invade your privacy, however, we feel that changes cause our
participants to act out and we are here to assist them and support them during the
changes. It helps to know before hand if there’s something in their life making them feel
insecure or out-of-sorts or emotional vulnerable!
Thank you for any help you can give us in these areas! We want to take a pro-
active approach to the challenging behaviors many of our participants can and do
present! We need your help in this area, please consider calling or emailing our staff
about any changes you feel we may need to know in order to support and care for our
participants in an effective way.
AM ADHC MEMORY LANE THEATER
(AM SENIOR PARTICIPANTS)
Norman W. our Memory Lane Theater participant-host
shared this information
about the film we were lucky enough to view in the month of FEBRUARY.
The movie we watched was the classic-romantic-musical...South Pacific!
A Rodgers and Hamerstein blockbuster from 1952 starring
Rossano Brazzil, Mitzi Gaynor, John Kerr, France Nuyen and Juanita Hall
as Bloody Mary. My Favorite Martian TV star Ray Walston plays a
The story involves the love of two charming couples. Both charming affairs
are both ruined by racial prejudice. The script is based on James
Michener’s novel TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC and the Broadway
production. The film won an Academy Award for Best Sound and was
nominated for Best Color Cinematography and Best Scoring of a Musical
Again, we would like to thank Norman for his leadership in this
monthly activity and for sharing not only his movies, but for his
work on gathering the facts and information that we print for all to read.
CARING FOR SOMEONE WITH MEMORY LOSS?
Family Caregiver Support Groups
provide a consistent and caring place for caregivers to learn, share and gain emotional
support from others who are also on a unique journey of providing care to a person with
are FREE and open to all care partners, family members and friends of
individuals with dementia.
are led by trained volunteers who receive ongoing technical support and training from
the Chapter office.
2nd Tuesday of each month
Maple Creek Retirement Inn
10420 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
Contact group facilitator:
ADHC’S EXTRA CLOTHING
We are in need of any/all ADHC marked clothing to be sent back to the
Center at the very next attendance day! We have a minimum amount of
clothing stored here at the Center to use on the occasion that there is a
toileting mishap. We however are not getting these items returned to
us when we send them home and now our supply has dwindled down to
nothing. We are asking that everyone check to see that you send back
any ADHC clothing or that if possible you consider donating some
sweatpants or pants with elastic on it so that we can hopefully build up
our supply of extra clothing!
Thank you very much!
WORK AND THE CENTER
Our participants who work are in need of their CAREGIVERS help when their work
is closed due to Staff Training, Holidays or planned days off.
The ADH CENTER does not follow the calendars of MOST of our working
participant’s job sites/placements.
Again, we have too many participants to try and keep up with everyone’s schedule
outside of out Center.
We are asking that all CAREGIVERS assist the participants in their care with
cancelling their rides and to make sure that all staff or family members know
when the Center is open or not!
YOUR COMMUNITY THANKS YOU!
Thank you for participating in the coat/hat/gloves and
These have been distributed to local agencies who
were running low on these items due to the
cold harsh winter we experienced in 2008!
Thank you for making a difference in the lives
of those less fortunate than us!
Help! Help! Help!
If you or the participant you care for has had or is having issues with
incontinence, you must supply your own undergarments, pads and extra
clothing. The Center does not
supply these items and we need for each participant/caregiver to be
responsible and make sure these items are sent in on the day you/the
participant you care for attends the Center.
In the past we have had some caregivers donate “extras”, but currently
donated supply is depleted and we are not able to offer anyone
Please make an effort to pack these items with you/the participant you
You help and cooperation in this area is GREATLY appreciated!
GET INVOLVED, THINGS TO DO!
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY---THERE MAY BE AM ONLY
AND THERE MAY BE PM ONLY
MARCH 2ND – CAT IN THE HAT DAY
….Wear a red hat or a red and white striped hat and join in the fun!
MARCH 3RD- WEAR YOUR “FISHING” HAT OR “FISHING” T-SHIRT….
IT IS “GO”LDFISH DAY!
MARCH 11TH- WEAR RED OR GREEN OR YELLOW—
WHICH EVER IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF APPLE AND LET COUNT
HOW MANY BUSHELS OF APPLES WE HAVE IN THE CENTER!
MARCH 12th-AM PARTICIPANTS ONLY- BOOT SCOOTIN’ MUSIC
RALEIGH JAY WILL BE HERE TO HELP US KICK UP SOME COUNTRY
FUN…WEAR YOUR COUNTRY SHIRTS, COWBOY HATS!
….AM PARTICIPANTS ONLY!
MARCH 12TH-PM PARTICIPANTS ONLY- IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN
WEAR YOU FAVORITE SHADE OF GREEN AND LET US PROVE IT IS
EASY BEING GREEN!
MARCH 17TH- ST. PATRICK’S DAY-
WEAR YOUR GREEN AN SHOW YOUR SUPPORT OF THE IRISH!
MARCH 16TH, 27TH AND 31ST….THOSE DAYS ARE ALL ABOUT FUN!
BEING FUN, HAVING FUN AND SIMPLY FUN, FUN, FUN!
WEAR A FUNNY HAT OR NOSE OR HAIR AND JOIN IN THE FUN!
SEVERE WEATHER PROCEDURE
POWER OUTAGE THAT OCCURS DURING THE NIGHT:
Tanya or Connie will change the ADH outgoing message system to reflect the
schedule by 6:30A.M. Staff and clients NEED to call and listen to the message (253)
459-7222, to get the updated information.
POWER OUTAGE FOR THE TACOMA AREA THAT OCCURS DURING
THE DAY WHILE THE CENTER IS OPEN:
If it is determined that the Center has to close due to a power outage, the staff at
Adult Day Health will contact caregivers to insure that someone will be home to
receive participants who arrive home early.
If we cannot contact family, we will keep the participant at the Center until contact is
made with the family or caregiver. The participant may be able to go home on a later
van or their family/caregiver may have to provide transportation for them.
It is NOW time to UPDATE you Emergency Contact home and cell phone numbers! Please call
the Center and get that information to the Adult Day Health Case Manager!
March Community Service Action-Activity
From MARCH 2ND until MARCH 31ST we will be collecting old prescription glasses for the
This will be the 2 year that our Center has participated in this event.
The Lions help to conserve sight by providing usable eyeglasses to children and adults
throughout the world. Donated eyeglasses can help millions to experience corrected vision for the
first time, enabling them to read, attend school, gain employment and take care of their families.
The Lions have been collecting glasses for more than 80 years!
If you have an old pair of glasses in the bottom of a dresser drawer, PLEASE consider donating it
to the Lions Club through our ADHC March Community Service Action-Activity!
Simply bring the glasses in and give them to anyone of the staff members!