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MASONICARE EXPANDS ADULT DAY PROGRAM – Specialized model at The Hearth for those with dementia

January 8, 2013

Wallingford, CT, January 8, 2013…….Masonicare, the state’s leading not-for-profit provider of senior living, home care and healthcare services, announced that it will open its Adult Day Program to the general public starting this month.

Opened in 2008, The Hearth is a state-licensed memory support residence on the Masonicare at Ashlar Village campus in Wallingford.  Its adult day program was created as an extension to provide specialized programs in an assisted living environment for Masonicare residents with dementia.  The community-at-large is now being offered the same quality care from a recognized leader in the field of senior services.

The benefits of an adult day program are far reaching and can help the whole family.  “This type of program can provide not only a supportive and caring environment for those with memory loss, but also a well-needed rest for their caregivers,” says Deb Lavallee, R. N., Supervisor of Assisted Living Services at Masonicare.  “It’s very important to find a balance between being a caregiver to a loved one with dementia and maintaining your relationship as a spouse or an adult child,” says Lavallee.  “Too often, I see these relationships become fractured from the stress of caregiving.  An adult day program can be a great help.”

The Hearth at Masonicare embraces a “social model” format that features a secure but home-like environment and many opportunities for socialization and therapeutic recreation through exercise, music, arts and crafts, entertainment and more to stimulate thinking and problem-solving.  The Masonicare staff receives specialized training in caring for those with dementia.  They also can provide some nursing services such as medication reminders, first-aid, toileting assistance and incontinence care, if needed.  One hot, nutritious meal and snacks are provided daily.

The Adult Day Program at The Hearth offers a half-day (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) or full-day schedule (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.).   Rates are $75 for full-day and $50 for half-day.  Weekends, holidays and extended hours are also available at an additional charge. Transportation is available within a 5-mile radius for an additional $5 each way.

For additional information, contact the Masonicare HelpLine at 888-679-9997 or visit www.Masonicare.org