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					             THE ADHC AM/PM MESSENGER
                      WINTER EDITION                          JANUARY 2009
 6442 SOUTH YAKIMA AVE           TACOMA, WA 98408 459-7222               www.multicare.org/adhc

   HEALTH FOCUS FOR                                                      BIRTHDAY
      JANUARY                                                          RECOGNITIONS
 GLAUCOMA AWARENESS MONTH
   QUALITY OF LIFE MONTH          THERE ARE NO                      AM BIRTHDAYS
 LOSE WEIGHT-GET FIT MONTH      PLANNED CLOSURES                      THE AM PROGRAM
                                FOR THE CENTER IN                       PARTICIPANTS
   FOOD FOCUS FOR                                                WHO WILL BE CELEBRATING
                                    JANUARY.
      JANUARY                                                     A BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH
         SOUP MONTH             THE NEXT PLANNED                            ARE:
       HOT TEA MONTH           CENTER CLOSURE WILL                             ERIC B.
       OATMEAL MONTH             BE IN FEBRUARY                             JENNIFER B.
                                IN OBSERVANCE OF                              PERRY B.
MUSIC/GAME/GARDENING             PRESIDENT’S DAY!                          JOSEPHINE G.
    ARTS & CRAFTS                                                          STEPHAINE H.
FOCUS FOR JANUARY                                                           MARDELLE K.
  FOOTBALL FEVER MONTH
                                SEVERE WEATHER                               LAUREN L.
    BOWLING MONTH                 PROCEDURES                                HAROLD M.
     TRIVIA MONTH                 A copy of the procedures                    MIKE M.
                                    was mailed home in                     VERONICA M.
     S.C.O.P.E.                         November.                             DIANE P.
FOCUS FOR JANUARY               If you do not have a copy                    RENATE P.
Social/Cultural Observances                                                 DOROTHY R.
            and
                                        of the
                                                                            ADRIENNE T.
     Political Events                   ADHC
 INAUGURATION MONTH            Severe Weather Procedures
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY                                           PM BIRTHDAYS
                                      please check                   THE PM PROGRAM
                                 our website or call us and            PARTICIPANTS
                                request a copy to be sent        WHO WILL BE CELEBRATING
   PEOPLE PRIDE
                                          home.                  A BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH
   FOR JANUARY                                                               ARE:
ACTIVITIES DEPARTMENT                                                      ROSEMARY A.
   Deb J, Pam G., Bridget                                                     KELLI E.
                                                                            AMANDA J.
                                                                              BETTY J.
                                                                             KARON L.
                                                                           LADONNA M.
                                                                             ASHLEY P.
                                                                             MARIE S.
                                                                             ROBERT S.
                                                                We will be recognizing those with
                                                                   JANUARY birthdays on
                                                                 FRIDAY, JANUARY 16 TH !
  ADHC AM & PM CHRISTMAS PROGRAM AND BAZAAR
        A BIG SUCCESS….BECAUSE OF YOU!

  The ADHC Christmas Program Committee members want to
                          THANK YOU
   for making the effort and taking the time to be a part of this
   FIRST ever event/activity for the Adult Day Health Center.

         We really wanted to bring the talents of both
    the AM and PM participants together and this was one of
             the ways we thought it could happen.

We hope that you not only enjoyed the opportunity to get on stage
 and share your voices with family, friends, peers and staff, but
 that you also enjoyed being entertained by other participants,
the students from the Tacoma Public School of the Arts (SOTA)
                     and “The Holy Cows!”

We appreciate all the caregivers/family members who came to this
    event and added to our participants sense of celebration!
     We also were very pleased to feature some of the crafts
              and handy work of our participants.

           Your presence was a great “present” to us!
  We really enjoyed getting the chance to bring our 2 Programs
  together and to visit with not only the participants but their
                 family members and caregiver.

            Again, THANK YOU for being a part of
                   our Holiday Celebration !
        It’s beginning to look a lot like…..WINTER!
 We are PLEADING with all of our caregivers to PLEASE make
     sure that you MARK all outerwear items of participants.
  If the participant you care for has several different coats he/she
   likes to wear….we need each and every one of them marked!
There is no way our staff can remember what 60 different people
wears in on any given day….we rely on you to have all personal
and clothing items marked! We have many participants who are
not accurate in their answers or who become easily confused when
they look into our closet of 60 some coats! Please help us out by
having all coats /hats etc marked.
We will not be responsible for any items not sent home if the items
                           are not marked.




       NAMETAGS……NAMETAGS……NAMETAGS
    Each and every participant has a specific name tag made for
                               him/her.
    These tags not only inform the staff and volunteers about the
  participant’s specific medical status, but also informs all of us to
  any dietary limitations or allergies. If a participant comes home
    with a name tag…or two…PLEASE see that it returns to the
  Center on the very next attendance day! We are sorry that these
       keep getting by us—we will try to improve in this area!
   THANK YOU to all of the caregivers and family members who
                           send these back!
               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 December.
 In an effort to boost our Christmas Spirit, our film for December was the holiday
                             classic- Miracle on 34th Street.
The movie was released in 1947 and it stars Maureen O’Hara, John Payne and 8
                                 year old Natalie Wood.
           Edmund Gween starred as the real Kris Kringle-Santa Claus.
   Gwen won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Strangely he only
                made one more movie in his career MR. 880 in 1950.
   Even though Miracle on 34th Street has been remade twice, neither of these
        movies contain the magic and charm of the original 1947 version.
            The original movie continues to be one of the most beloved
       films of all time, reappearing every year during the Holiday season.
          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.
                                    Thanks Norman!
               Pierce County Family and Friends
  is an organization that has several ATHLETIC Activities
        planned for 2009 for adults with special needs.
       To get a schedule or to be put on the mailing list:
                          Please email
                      Krissy Rehberger at
            PCFA2004@hotmail.com
 or check out their website: www.PCFA2004.org
  Due to recent financial recession, PCFA will be offering
 athletic events only. They have had to suspend their movie
  nights, Thanksgiving Party and Christmas Party as well as
 their monthly activities night. They are hoping to add these
  activities and events back as soon as financial situations
          improve for individuals and organizations.
  (This is not a MultiCare organization, but many of our participants and their families participate with/ support and endorse this group.




        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 dementia.
                                                          Meetings
  are FREE and open to all care partners, family members and friends of
                      individuals with dementia.
                                                 Support Groups
are led by trained volunteers who receive ongoing technical support and training from
                                 the Chapter office.
                                       2nd Tuesday of each month
                                              1:30-3:00pm
                                             Maple Creek Retirement Inn
                                             10420 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW
                                                Lakewood, WA 98499
                                               Contact group facilitator:
                                                    Alice Jackson
                                                    253-539-0926
           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!
Our Center’s Community Service Action-Activity during the
   month of December was the Food Drive and it was a
                     GREAT success.
        We appreciate everyone’s involvement in this
 activity….you have made a difference in the lives of those
    who needed help over this past Christmas and during
             “The December Storm of 2008!”
             GET INVOLVED, THINGS TO DO!
                PLEASE READ CAREFULLY---THERE MAY BE
                              AM ONLY
                          AND THERE MAY BE
                              PM ONLY
                          ACTIVITIES LISTED!

JANUARY 7TH- RHAPSODY IN BLUE- Wear the color BLUE and help us fill
the room with BLUE!


JANUARY 9th- FOOTBALL FEVER FRIDAY-The College Bowls are still
going on and then it is the NFL play-offs….We are planning a Wii Football
Fun Time!


JANUARY 19 TH- MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY- We are OPEN and will
have activities that help us all celebrate our unique and special talents!


JANUARY 20 TH - AM AND PM PARTICIPANTS-WEAR YOUR RED/WHITE
AND BLUE…IT IS INAUGURATION DAY!


JANUARY 23RD- BOWLING TIME- Wear your favorite Bowling shirt and
roll the “rock” with us!

PM PROGRAM-JANUARY 27 TH- MAD HATTER’S DAY- Wear a Unique,
Unusual, Hat and join us for a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party that is going to be full
of surprises!

JANUARY 30 TH-INSPIRE YOUR HEART WITH ART- Pull out those
Valentine sweatshirts and t-shirts. Let’s get ready for February and get some
Heart Art started!
    SEVERE WEATHER AND SNOW PROCEDURE




  SNOW ACCUMULATION FOR THE TACOMA AREA THAT OCCURS
                  DURING THE NIGHT:

 Para Transit, Pierce Transit and HopeLink will have road supervisors, and dispatch
  checking the roads between 4:00A.M. and 6:00 A.M. evaluating client access to
  vans, vehicle, and driver safety. They will then make a determination as to what
services they will provide to Adult Day Health: Closure or Open to all service areas.

  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.

  SNOW ACCUMULATION FOR THE TACOMA AREA THAT OCCURS
        DURING THE DAY WHILE THE CENTER IS OPEN:

Transportation sources will call Connie. If transportation decides that they need to
 take participants home early due to inclement weather, 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 mad 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.
January 2009 Community Service Action-Activity
   From January 5th until January 30th we will be running a
        Coat/Hat/Gloves/Scarf/Blanket Collection for the
local agencies who were overwhelmed by the demand during
               the recent snowstorm in December.
   The winter has only just begun and the agencies that help
      support those less fortunate than others are in need of
                  the above----gently used items.
 If everyone who is enrolled at the Center just brought one of
    the above items in, we could make a huge impact on the
                 lives of those in our community!
  The items DO NOT need to be NEW….they do NEED to
  be CLEANED before they are brought into the Center as
                we will be delivering these to the
                service agencies on a daily basis.

                             PERSONAL ITEMS
                   You are asked to mark any/all items that are yours,
   however, we have noticed an increase in the “stuff” participants are bringing to the
                                          Center!
We have limited closet space and we really need ONLY those who need a clothing change
           to bring a bag into the Center…and we need to stress…1(one) bag!
   We also want you to know that you are responsible for taking care of all of your own
items…if something is put into the common closet and it is lost the ADHC staff cannot be
                                     held responsible.
  We also want caregivers and participants to understand we cannot have “stuff”, book
    bags and backpacks stored on or under the tables as these are trip hazards for the
                           participants as well as for our staff.
      Again, you are here with us for 4(four) fun hours and we really believe we can
 MAKE YOU DAY …with all the things we have to offer! If the participant you care for
does not need a change of clothing…he/she does no need to bring a book bag or backpack
           to the Center…..we simply do no have the room for it in our closet!
Thank you for keeping it at home…unless you really need it…and if it is here…it is up to
                                   YOU to take care of!

				
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