The Adult Day Care of Calvert County is a wonderful organization that provides services and programs to help care for your loved ones while you have errands to run, work to attend or if you just need relief from your caregiver role. The program provides structured activities, assistance and care as well as gives participants the chance to connect and make friendships with others in their community. This Compassionate organization strives to offer a well-rounded, fun and relaxing daily experience for those in need. Learn what Adult Day Care has to offer from Deborah Plumley, Executive Director, in this week’s Friday Focus.
Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
Adult Day Care of Calvert County is a non-profit, non-sectarian corporation designed to provide community-based medical services and physical/social activities to frail and impaired adults.
We recognize that each participant brings with them skills, wisdom and life experience to be shared with others. We, at Adult Day Care of Calvert County, provide a balanced day of planned activities, a time of relaxation and a time to develop new friendships. Our friendly, concerned staff of professionals and volunteers meets each participant’s individual needs. Snacks and nutritious lunch are served. Door-to-door transportation to and from the Center is provided. Personal care, assistance with activities of daily living and community outings are offered.
We believe adult has the right to:
- To be treated as an adult, with respect and dignity
- To be in an atmosphere of sincere interest and concern
- To participate in an individually designed program to promote learning and growth
- To privacy and confidentiality
We are committed to:
- Approaching each person as a unique individual with his or her own strengths and weaknesses
- Assuming a holistic approach to the care of each individual, recognizing the interrelationship among the physical, social, emotional and environmental aspects of health and well-being
- Working closely with family members to help them more effectively with the many strains and pressures of maintain an impaired person in the home
We provide nursing care and health services, meals and snacks, transportation and therapeutic activities in a safe, structural and environment.
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped?)
I think it would best to have families we serve provide this answer.
“I am the sole caregiver for a parent that suffers from dementia. The Adult Day Care gives me a chance, during the day, to run errands, attend doctors’ appointments, shop, have lunch with friends or just relax, knowing that she is being well cared for. They provide hot meals, snacks, assistance with incontinence as well as supervision. The exceptional staff includes a nurse who keeps me abreast of any issues I should be aware of, an Activities Director who keeps the participants entertained, caregivers and bus drivers. The center provides transportation to and from the program. I recommend the Day Care to any caregiver who could use a break during the day.”
“Without the Center, I wouldn’t be able to work to support us. I don’t know what we’d do. I know she’s okay here and she likes it. She gets to see her friends.”
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
At this time, transportation is a huge challenge for us. Currently, we have two buses – 1994 and 1997 Ford Econolines. Our vans are handicapped accessible, with wheelchair lifts and generous seating as there are necessary for many of our participants. Unfortunately, the 1997 is now non-operational and the 1994 is not in much better shape. As a very small non-profit, organization there often isn’t enough money to pay for our repairs that are needed and we’re not in a position, financially to purchase newer vehicles. When our buses can’t be used, many of our participants are not able to attend the Center as they rely on us to provide transportation.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
We’d love to have a fund-raiser to help purchase newer buses. If anyone would like to help with planning, heading or making a donation, we’d love to have the help!
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
If you’re interest in receiving our services, visiting, volunteering, making a donation or would simply like to get to know us better, please call Executive Director, Deborah Plumley at 410-535-0133.