OPC resumes adult day services program

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published March 24, 2021


ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The Older Persons’ Commission resumed its adult day services program this month, nearly a year after it halted the program due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OPC Executive Director Renee Cortright said the OPC has been providing adult day services for adults living with dementia or disabilities for over 30 years.

The specialized day program — which was shut down last March due to COVID-19 and reopened March 1 of this year — provides a curriculum of activities for seniors who OPC officials said can function somewhat independently, but who are socially isolated and need structure, activities, mental stimulation and supervision in a home environment.

“In January, the OPC governing board approved the reopening guidelines for the adult day services and then, from there, we reconnected with our previous client families to see where they were at in regards to feeling comfortable about returning to the adult day service program. Everybody was feeling comfortable coming back in March,” Cortright explained.

The adult day services program is now available 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, based upon enrollment, with hot meals and snacks provided. Transportation is also available for clients living in Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland Township.

The adult day services program offers a variety of activities — including discussions about current events, cards and board games, art and craft projects, field trips, singing, dancing, storytelling and more — allowing individuals to maintain physical, emotional and cognitive functioning while living at home and remaining independent in their communities.

New this year, adult day services participants will be greeted with an iN2L, for “It’s Never 2 Late,” life enrichment system, provided to the OPC via a grant from Ascension Providence Rochester Foundation. The adaptive system, OPC Marketing and Development Specialist Colleen Burka said, provides the opportunity for day service clients to participate and engage in person-centered recreational activities at their own level and in their own area of interest. The system, she said, includes games and trivia, and multiple educational, musical and sensory activities designed to engage and stimulate the mind.

“It’s just a really phenomenal person-to-person tool that we’re really excited about and it’s going to be a really big benefit,” Burtka added.

In addition to being a safe, caring environment for the participants, OPC Adult Day Services Manager Donna Beerer said, the program is an important source of support for family caregivers, offering them respite during the day.

“Not only does this program address the needs of family members who at times desperately need a break, but also the clients themselves. It’s wonderful to see their faces brighten up as they walk back into the room in anticipation of the day’s activities,” Beerer said in an email.

Like the entire OPC facility, OPC officials stressed that the adult day service space has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, and the room has been reconfigured to allow for appropriate social distancing. Participants are also health screened upon entry to the facility, and the room is only accessible to clients and staff.

The adult day services program is open to new clients, and interested parties are encouraged to call (248) 608-0261 for a required pre-screening appointment involving the client, the family, a nurse and the ADS manager.

For questions, call (248) 608-0261 or visit opcseniorcenter.org.