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Adult Day Care-The New Solution for Many Caring Families

It is not easy to find someone to care for your loved one like you would, if you had the time.  Many families struggle when a loved one becomes dependent, or when the caregiver can no longer care for a loved one the way they want to.  In the search for respite and care services, most families first learn about the more traditional methods of long-term care such as in-home care, group homes, assisted living and skilled nursing.  Some specialize in personal care for those that are higher functioning.  Some specialize in memory care, and others in rehabilitation.  While the medical status of the client plays a large role in the decision, so does the financial impact and the personal desires of the family, and even more importantly, the particular desires of the client should have a major impact on this decision.  When asked, many dependent adults prefer to stay with their families, but those that provide care often vote for the opposite.  Not because they don’t love them anymore, but because they are just worn out or the demands of life pull them away.  This is why so many families are finding their solution with Adult Day Health Care (ADHC).

ADHC is a relatively new concept to the long-term care menu, especially in the Western states.  Some consider it “assisted living, without the beds.”  An ADHC is a place where dependent adults can come during the day for care while their family receives respite.  They are generally open during normal business hours, making it convenient to drop off Mom on the way to work and pick her up on the way home.  ADHCs combine respite during the day, cost-effectiveness (less than half the cost of assisted living or in-home care), dignity, consistent attention of a registered nurse and therapeutic activities while allowing the love and unity of families to remain intact.   Additional benefits of ADHC include activities and events that enrich the participants’ lives and give them a true sense of purpose.  Until recently the families of Sparks Nevada did not have the option of ADHC, but now More to Life ADHC is open on Prater Way, between Vista Blvd and Sparks Blvd.

We invite you to visit More to Life to see if we are the right solution for your family’s care needs.  Meet our caring staff, the supportive friends and find the people and the program that you can trust with your family member.  We focus on meeting the custom needs of every client, and the needs of their family.  You will feel the warmth and kindness that fills our home-away-from-home.  While the daily program provides a familiar routine, each hour contains an event that increases mobility, broadens vocabulary, improves coordination, inspires creativity or encourages laughter, all of which result in increased independence and self-confidence.

In addition to these enriching activities More to Life also provides a communication board, musical entertainment, art classes, transportation, wellness monitoring and showers.  And it should be comforting to know that we are licensed by the State of Nevada and we are locally owned and operated. Not only are we open during the week, we are open most Saturdays and Holidays, as well as some evenings for family respite. We provide a monthly educational event for the caregivers because “More to Life” applies to our caregivers as much as it does to the ones they love.

When visitors ask how we keep the carpet, the furniture and the facility smelling so fresh, we explain our simple program.  In addition to providing a low-sugar and caffeine-free diet, every day about 9:00 AM, Noon and 3:00 PM we announce snack or lunch time and all participants are invited to visit one of the five private restrooms to wash their hands, and while they are at it, most receive an additional discrete invitation to “do what they need to.”  This program establishes a routine that has proven to be very successful at reducing incontinence while preserving dignity.  Additionally, frequent hand washing greatly reduces the spread of colds and viruses.  And finally, eating (relatively small amounts) every three hours helps to stabilize the blood sugar, and mood swings, which in turn results in increased tolerance and appreciation of each other.   This simple program represents one of many innovative concepts applied at More to Life to provide “More to Life” for our participants.

Please call us or come by to visit and see how our daily program of hourly events encourages healthy relationships, maintains dignity, increases self-confidence and socialization, and invites participants to enjoy the adventure of life, at More to Life

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