Day centers are more than places for naps

Have you heard of adult day services and if you have, what does it bring to mind? Hopefully not a group of seniors sitting in recliners, napping.

Adult day services (sometimes also referred to as “day care”) provide quality care and companionship for older adults who need assistance or supervision during the day. Often it is used by family caregivers as respite services, providing a place they can bring their loved one and not have to worry.

Forget-Me-Not Adult Day Center is located in Kenai and is operated by Frontier Community Services. Forget-Me-Not provides social activities ranging from Morning Mingle, to arts and crafts, card games, active physical games, brain games, trivia and so much more. The individuals who attend are able to forge friendships, share their lives with the participants they meet, and are offered many different activities throughout each day. Our goal is for participants to retain the independence they have at the time of enrollment.

The program encourages feedback and input from participants through participant council meetings held twice monthly. Participants share in programmatic decision-making by suggesting places to visit on outings, the type of activities they would like to take part in, as well as many other aspects of the days they spend at the center.

Participants welcome the many volunteers that provide countless hours of musical entertainment and spiritual wellness, and activities such as canine companionship and manicures.

Forget-Me-Not is funded through grants from the State of Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and by Medicaid Waiver. A sliding scale fee is used for those who are able to contribute to the cost of the care.

So the next time you hear about “Adult Day Care,” please remember this article. Our care promotes maximum independence and our individuals are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Forget-Me-Not Adult Day Center is located at 905 Cook Ave, Suite B, Kenai, AK 99611. If you want more information, contact Dani Kebschull, 907-714-6685.

Dani Kebschull is the program manager at Forget-Me-Not Adult Day Services.