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:
- Physical, social and mental activities
- Nutritious meals (Breakfast and Snack Menu) (Lunch Menu)
- Caregiver support
- Medication administration
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.
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!
- Monthly Specialized Programming
- Sports Leagues
- Community Services Projects
- Community Outings
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. For more information, 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.email@example.com or call her at 703.746.5674 to register for the group or for more information.
Adult Day Services Center Staff
Darrell Wesley - Director
I have been the Director of the Alexandria Adult Day Services Center (ADSC) since 2004. I have been working in the health care industry for more than 27 years and have dedicated 19 of them to seniors. My years of experience and knowledge have given me a clear understanding of senior needs and behaviors. I am committed to making ADSC a model adult day program and one the best in the state. Along with the ADSC staff, I continue to focus on giving participants the best quality care possible, while providing resources and respite for caregivers and their families.
Eugenia M. Jones, RN, AAS, BA - Registered Nurse
I have worked in the medical field as a Registered Nurse for many years. I have been employed in a variety of settings in my capacity as a nurse. I began in Orthopedic Pediatrics as an LPN. After becoming an RN, I worked in the correctional setting, in adolescent residential treatment and in psychiatric settings as both an RN and a clinical instructor. I have been a Director of Nursing and the Director for a Home Health Agency. I enjoy working with the senior population as a nurse and as an educator for both clients and their caregivers. I have been with the DCHS for a year and am enjoying my time here.
Kimberly Taylor-Davis, ADC – Therapeutic Recreational Specialist
I started my career in recreation as a volunteer in a long-term care facility in 1996. After volunteering for three months, I was offered a full-time position as an activity assistant assigned to a unit of 60 residents. I went on to earn my certification as a Re-motivational Therapist in 1997 and Activity Director in 2000. I have been with ADSC for 10 years first as an activity assistant and later promoted to activity director. I am currently attending George Mason University studying for a B.A. in Psychology. What I love most about my job is having the ability to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Whether I am helping a participant maintain and in some cases improve their quality of life, or providing a listening ear to a family member, I feel I have made a meaningful contribution to society.
Angela White – Therapeutic Recreation Leader
I have been employed with the City of Alexandria since 1994. I started as a part-time employee with the Companion Aide Program. In 1994, I was hired as a full-time residential counselor at the Alexandria Residential Care Home (ARCH). After the ARCH closed in 2002, I came to work at ADSC as an activity assistant. As a therapeutic recreational specialist, I am involved in planning and leading daily recreational programs for the participants who attend the center. I really enjoy working with the participants and staff at the center. One of the things I love most about working here having the opportunity to give a smile, hug or a kind word to someone on a daily basis.
Wykiki Alston – Therapeutic Recreation Leader
I began my career as a Certified Nursing Assistant in 1999 with Goodwin House, Inc. In addition to working as a CNA, I assisted the Activity staff and the Physical Therapist with daily activities and exercise. One year later I was promoted to activity assistant and served as the “spokesmodel” in the August 2000 edition of the Contemporary Long Term Care magazine. I have worked with ADSC for eight years. What I enjoy most is making our participants smile and hearing their laughter fill the room.
Jackie McCord, ADC – Therapeutic Recreational Leader
I am a native of Santee, SC. I graduated from high school in 1980 and went to Keystone Job Corps in Drums, Pa. After earning my certification as a nursing assistant, I started my career working in private residential care settings and nursing homes. In 1996 I came to ADSC as a temporary employee and in 1997 was hired as a permanent full-time employee. In 2008, I completed my Activity Director certification and am currently enrolled in Prince George’s Community College studying for a degree in Sociology. What I like most about working at the center is listening to the participants share stories about their lives. It’s like starting a new chapter in a book, you never know what to expect. It makes my heart feel good knowing that I am a part of something that is benefiting others in a caring way.
Jennifer Sarisky, LCSW -Family Services Specialist
I am a New Jersey native. I received my Bachelors of Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Marymount University in 2000 and earned a Masters of Social Work and a Certificate in Gerontology from Rutgers University in 2002. I began my career working for nine years as a social worker at a skilled nursing/assisted living facility in Reston, VA. I have been with the City of Alexandria’s Division of Aging and Adult Services since December 2010. I spend one day a week at the center and I enjoy working with the participants and their families.