Missouri severe autism day program opens

Tommy Ney, 21, rolled an exercise ball back and forth to his caregiver, Ed Calvin, on a recent Thursday afternoon at a physical therapy room in Maryland Heights.While it seemed so simple, the action brought a smile to the face of Tommy’s mother, Christy Ney, of Overland.

“I didn’t know what we’d do when Tommy graduated from SSD’s Neuwoehner School this spring,” Ney said. “He has severe autism, and his behaviors are too disruptive for him to be in a sheltered workshop or other day programs. But MAAP will give him a stimulating environment and consistency.”

Tommy will be one of the first three or four clients to participate in the new Midwest Adult Autism Project (MAAP) day program, set to open Sept. 13, in the headquarters of the Center for Head Injury Services, 11786 Westline Industrial Drive. They will attend the program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. It can presently accommodate up to eight adults.

MAAP will provide individualized, stimulating physical activities and behavioral therapy for adults with severe austistic behaviors.

It will allow Tommy and others like him to remain in their homes, rather than being institutionalized, while providing a much-needed respite for their caregivers.

via Suburban Journals | News | Day program opens for those with severe autism.

Adult night-care service for Alzheimer’s patients who may wander

Nighttime is when some Alzheimer’s patients are most restless, creating an anxious, sleepless time for caregivers who worry about their loved ones wandering.

“It is common for them to get their circadian rhythms off,” said Jean Van Den Beldt, administrator of Byron Center Manor, which plans to begin a new dawn-to-dusk activity program called Twilight Care.

The dementia-care and adult-day services community at 2115 84th St. SW is starting the program, which will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., to keep restless patients in a safe, stimulating environment. The cost is $120 per night.

via New service keeps restless Alzheimer’s patients busy at night | MLive.com.

Alzheimer’s experts: Don’t hesitate to get paid help

Marilyn Blum is like a lot of wives with a retired husband around the house. She loves the man she has been married to for 33 years but says, “It’s just not normal to be together 24/7.”

Blum’s comment is more poignant when she explains that her husband, Steve, 65, has had Alzheimer’s disease for five years and needs help dressing, grooming, eating and using the toilet.

“I wish I had gotten paid help right away. I waited two years,” says Blum, 61, of Owings Mills, Md.

Now Steve participates in an adult day care program. A paid companion, Evadne Cummins, visits the house three times a week to keep Steve company, make lunch, go on walks and help with basic grooming.

via Alzheimer’s experts: Don’t hesitate to get paid help – USATODAY.com.

How to find the best adult daycare center for your elderly loved one

The senior years can often be filled with many challenges such as sickness, loneliness and reduced mobility and these sometimes cause frustration and stress for both the seniors and the caregivers. Adult day care is a welcome break and a win/win situation for both the elderly family member and the primary caregiver. It provides your family with a safe, caring and friendly environment to get the needed medical and social attention. In addition, it provides caregivers with a breathing space to do other things and reduces the likelihood of burnout from the 24/7 care, while at the same time knowing that their loved ones are getting good care.

via Adult Day Care, How to find the best adult daycare center for your elderly loved one.