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!