ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Does your program provide specific services for individuals living with dementia? The Adult Day Program is warm and structured, providing creative, social services designed to fit the needs of seniors with mild cases of dementia such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, and other cognitive conditions. The program allows them to get out, make friends, and have fun in a safe, honoring place. Our participants consist of seniors who are “aging gracefully” and can benefit from cognitive reinforcement and socialization. This is more than day care. This is participant-centered family care where friendships are made and forged.
What kind of activities do you provide? Our schedule consists of different activities every 30 to 45 minutes to alternately stimulate the body, mind & spirit. Examples include: painting, music, brain games, chair exercises, arts & crafts, strolls outside, and much more.
What is the staff-participant ratio? Our staff to participant ratio is 1:6.
What are their qualifications? Our staff is trained and well-versed on the complexities of dementia, and respond accordingly with kindness and care.
Does the program provide nutritious meals and snacks? We serve a hot meal provided by Age Well Senior Services as well as an afternoon snack.
What kinds of therapies do you offer? Our therapies engage participants to bring joy, laughter, and activity to their day. Our therapies include: Exercise Reminiscence Intergenerational Art Music Pet Horticulture
What kind of health services do you provide? We are a Social Model, rather than a Medical Model program. As such, we do not provide ongoing medical care management.
Do you evaluate the participant’s needs, interests, and abilities? Monthly evaluations are conducted to monitor our participants’ needs and abilities. Any decline in cognition and behavior are discussed with caregivers.
What kind of support does the program offer for families and caregivers? Support and care for the difficult task of caregiving is the hallmark of what we offer. The bi-monthly support group through Alzheimer’s Association is currently being conducted via Zoom. We are associated with many agencies in the Orange County area dedicated to the fragile and aging population, and to those who are caring for them. Our monthly newsletter highlights resources which are relevant to the needs of caregivers. Furthermore, caregivers will benefit from some much-needed respite time, while their loved ones are served by trained staff who listen, interact, and genuinely care.
Is the program equipped to deal with someone with physical handicaps? Walkers and wheelchairs can be accommodated while in our care, however we are limited to the number of wheelchair-bound participants per day. Our participants must be “weight bearing,” and have the ability to walk, eat and use the restrooms independently, or with minimal assistance. Our participants should also be able to understand simple directions, follow them, as well as verbalize their needs.
What fees are associated with the program? A two-day preliminary evaluation is $190. Upon enrollment, the cost is $98 for up to 6.5 hours per day with the option of $108 for over 6.5 hours.
Do you provide transportation? While we do not, some of our participants use the OCTA ACCESS bus. You can call them at 877-628-2232 for more information.
Do you accept Medicare of any other insurance? Ours is a private pay facility, although we do honor Long Term Care policies. We encourage you to ask your Insurance and/or Tax professional about the possibility of a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (DCFSA) or Palliative Care coverage toward costs.
May I come by and see your facility? Yes. Tours are given by appointment. Please call 949-581-3800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What are your hours of operation? Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Most participants arrive between 8:30 and 9:30, leaving by 3:30.
What do I need to do to get my loved one started in your program? After touring our facility and upon receipt of a negative TB test, a two-day preliminary evaluation will be scheduled before official enrollment into the program. This allows your loved one and our staff an opportunity to find out if the program is right for them. The hours for the two-day assessment are from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and the fee is $190.00. After the two evaluation days, if it is decided that our program will be a good fit for them, we can proceed with the enrollment process by developing an initial care plan.
Why should I choose Mount of Olives Adult Day Program?
Our size: We are licensed to serve 40 participants per day. Our size allows us to offer closer contact with our participants and their caregivers. Friendships among our participants are more easily fostered in our smaller group size.
Family-centered: Caregiving is hard. We understand that. Many of our staff have personal experience in the field of giving care to a loved one. It is our goal and privilege to serve both participant and family with compassion and understanding, providing resources and education.
We listen: Through use of reminiscence therapy, we encourage our participants to share their life stories. Staff is also responsive to understanding the difficulties involved in caring for someone with dementia and are available to listen to caregivers.
Trained in the area of dementia care and response: Staff is given a minimum of 8 hours of dementia care training. While training is important, kindness and compassion cannot be taught. Our staff is inherently kind and compassionate.
We are also aware of the toll that dementia care can place on caregivers. Our response includes support by means of a bi-monthly support group hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as caregiver articles in our monthly newsletter, and by meeting the needs that the caregivers may have through caring conversations.
Finally, our goal is to partner with each participant and their caregiver on this rocky road, offering compassionate care with the love of Christ.
We are pleased to welcome you and your loved one to our family!