For 35-year-old Sandy Wong, life can be hectic. Wong is raising four children, holding down a business and taking care of her 82-year-old father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s.
Of all her responsibilities, caring for her father can take the most time and energy, Wong said. ”Dad can be as demanding as a young child — sometimes more so”, ‘‘He needs constant supervision” Despite the need for supervision and attention, Wong said her father is physically fit and fairly independent. For this reason, and because he is part of the family, Wong does not want to place him in a nursing home. Fortunately, Wong has access to Bennett House, an adult day care center, In Coeur d’Alene Idaho “Each weekday morning, Sandy can drop her father off at the center” said Rick Bennett’ Owner of the Bennett House. ‘‘That really makes it possible for us to keep him at home, keep him with the family; it is also a lot less expensive than any other option we looked at. It will be a blessing for us. ”It definitely relieves that pressure for a while”, said Wong.
Rick Bennett saw the need for an adult day center after taking care of both of his parents in the last few years of their lives. I know how hard 24/7 care is said Rick A fast growing industry, the rising demand for adult day care is partly because Americans are living longer, health care experts said. And at the same time, more women are working and cannot stay home to care for elderly parents.
“Adult Day care, which generally costs around $70 a day, also is a less expensive alternative to a nursing home”, said George Cunningham Co-owner of Bennett House. “For some of those charged with caring for elderly spouses or relatives, the idea of using a day-care service is initially hard to swallow. A lot of times we have to sell families on it”, said George. Sometimes the elderly are resistant, too. ”They say, ‘I don’t want to spend all that time with all those old people,” he said.
“But once people get in an adult day-care program, they generally find it to their liking”, Rick said.
Bennett House provides:
- Arts and crafts
- Musical entertainment and sing-a-longs
- Mental stimulation games such as bingo
- Stretching or other gentle exercise
- Discussion groups (books, films, current events)
- Holiday and birthday celebrations
- Enhanced or maintained level of independence
- Socialization and peer support
- Nutritious meals and snacks.
- A safe place for friendship.
“I love what we do” said Rick. Bennett House Adult Day Care Center is special; a family-like setting with professional staff. Your loved one can enjoy our gardens, library and media room. While providing a safe, vibrant and socially engaging environment; we help our seniors make the center their place – to see their friends, be active and social, and just do the things they love.
Bennett House will be opening Jan 3rd 2014 the address is 1095 E. Timber Lane, Coeur d’Alene, their business hours will be Monday – Friday 7am-7pm. For more information call 208-651-9060