Adult Day Services Center

Information about the DCHS adult day services center.

Page updated on Oct 2, 2017 at 2:44 PM

Adult Day Services Center

The Adult Day Services Center (ADSC) is a cost effective non-profit program designed to offer services to seniors 55 years and older who may need assistance and who may not want or cannot stay at home alone during the day. Despite the individual challenges seniors face, we encourage each person to be as independent as possible. Furthermore, the Center provides caregivers a needed break and the comfort of knowing that their loved one will be spending the day with new friends and activities.

ADSC provides a complete week-day care program for up to 24 persons, which includes:

Activity staff consist of three full-time staff and one activity director. A registered nurse is available on site to monitor participants' medical needs. Fees are on a sliding scale based on income. There is usually not a waiting list for this program.

Program participants must:

  • Be age 55 or over
  • Have a disability that prevents them from remaining alone during the day
  • Be able to use the bathroom with minimal assistance
  • Be able to respond to simple directions
  • Be able to function in a social setting

Persons with dementia such as Alzheimer's Disease are appropriate for the program if they can interact socially. ADSC staff assess applicants individually to assure that they can participate successfully in the program.

Call 703.746.5676 for more information or to arrange for an assessment, or complete and return the inquiry form .  

Physical, Social & Mental Activities

Our program provides a wide variety of activities designed to meet the needs, abilities and interests of each participant. Activity staff consist of three full-time therapeutic recreational leaders, one full-time therapeutic recreational specialist and a host of volunteers. We work as a team to develop an individualized program plan for each person entering the program. Our program is designed to improve and/or maintain each participant’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional well being. We take pride in providing the highest level of care and quality programs that promote empowerment, education and fun!

Volunteers

Volunteers are an important part of our team. They contribute substantially to the variety and success of the activity program. It is through stimulation that we strive to maintain and enhance the participants' awareness of the world around them. This is one of the reasons that volunteers are so important to our center. Volunteers provide extra attention that our participants need. Assisting with activities and field trips, friendly visiting and individual attention are all important ways of showing that you care. After all, what’s more valuable than the gift of friendship?

Volunteers engage in many of the activities listed below:

  • Assist with daily therapeutic activities
  • Assist the staff and participants during lunch
  • Help with arts and crafts
  • Assist with special events
  • Help provide supervision during outings
  • Play card games
  • Be a friendly visitor
  • Assist participants with daily strength training exercises
  • Present musical or singing programs
  • Read to participants
  • Write letters for participants
  • Assist with publication and mailing of newsletter and calendar
  • Take participants for short walks
  • Help participants with horticulture programs
  • Help participants with community service projects
  • Show movies or slides
  • Assist with special events
  • Assist with adapted sports
  • Demonstrate or teach special classes


Monthly Caregiver Support Group

This group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the Adult Day Services Center from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.  Participants are full-time caregivers or family members or friends providing part-time caregiving. Participants share their experiences, provide support for each other and receive resources to assist them with caregiving. To register, contact Jennifer Sarisky at 703.746.6024.

Monthly Caregiver Medication Education Group

This group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Adult Day Services Center from 4:00 to 5:30pm.  The group is available to all City residents.  Participants will learn about drug interactions, medication side effects, commonly prescribed medications and tips about what  to ask your loved ones physician. Please email the Adult Day Health Services Center Nurse, Eugenia Jones @ Eugenia.jones@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.5674 to register for the group or for more information. 


Contact:
Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson Street Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.5676
Hours: Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Transportation is available

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