Posted by: wrcseniorservices | August 3, 2011

Taking a Break at DayBreak

We’ve been getting a lot of questions lately about DayBreak at Laurelbrooke Landing, our  new older adult daily living center in Brookville. Which is natural since this is the first in Jefferson County and a type of service that many people have never heard of! So I thought I would devote this blog to helping you understand what DayBreak is by answering some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received.

DayBreak entrance

The DayBreak entrance - the sun logo was designed and painted by Laurelbrooke's Maintenance Tech Barry Moose

What is an older adult daily living center?
Today there are more than 4,600 centers across the U.S., but many people are still unfamiliar with this care option. An older adult daily living center is ideal for the individual who is living at home but really needs some care and support during the day. They can come to the center 1 – 5 days a week where they will be safe and have access to a range of individualized services and social activities. In Pennsylvania, older adult daily living centers are licensed and inspected annually by the  Department of Aging.

What services does DayBreak at Laurelbrooke Landing offer?

  • Delicious, nutritious, home-cooked meals
  • Social and recreational opportunities
  • Help with personal care needs, such as eating, toileting, bathing, dressing and grooming
  • Wellness screenings
  • Nursing supervision and care, including medication administration, health monitoring and responding to medical emergencies
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy services
  • Transportation to and from the center
  • Home care services 

Who would benefit from DayBreak?
Older adults who:

    • Depend on others for their care, especially those with a working caregiver
    • Have recently been discharged from the hospital and are in need of supervision and therapy
    • Are struggling with depression, boredom or loneliness and need to socialize with others
    • Are recovering from a stroke
    • Have Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia
What are the benefits of enrolling in DayBreak? 
For the participant
A chance to get out of the house!                                      
A network of new friends               
Recreational and socialization opportunities               
Improved health and wellness   
Prevent hospitalization and nursing home placement

For the caregiver:
Peace of mind!
A break from caregiving
Access to caregiving resources

Lunch and Learn

Doris Boddorf (left) from the Jefferson County Area Agency on Aging, DayBreak Director Cathy Himes and Sandy Stom from Brookville Hospital talk about the benefits of adult day services at a recent Lunch and Learn.

Is transportation available?
Yes. There is a fee for this service based on the number of miles you live from DayBreak.

What are the hours of operation?
DayBreak has hours of operation most convenient for the working caregiver: Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Participants can come for a full or half-day.

How do you pay for DayBreak?
Some long-term care insurance policies and veteran’s benefits may help pay for adult day services. The Area Agency on Aging provides PDA Waiver funds for individuals who financially qualify. Other participants pay for the services privately. 

How do you enroll in DayBreak at Laurelbrooke Landing?
The participant, a family member, a referring agency or physician would need to call 814-849-0799. The Director will complete an assessment of the participant, and their physician has to complete a medical evaluation. If it is determined from these assessments that DayBreak would be a good fit to meet the participant’s and family’s needs, an enrollment agreement will be completed and that’s it! You’re ready to begin.

The best way to understand DayBreak and decide if it’s right for you or a loved one? Stop by for a visit! Call Cathy at 814-849-0799. To see more photos of DayBreak’s construction and opening, visit our Facebook page. Also please feel free to ask any questions you may have here. Have a great week!

Written by Dawn Wise
Manager of Marketing and Communications
WRC Senior Services
dwise@wrc.org

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