Study may bring adult day care to Storm Lake

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Iowa Department of Elder Affairs, along with the University of Iowa College of Nursing and Methodist Manor, announced yesterday that they will jointly begin a feasibility survey in the Storm Lake region to determine the potential of an new adult day services center.

Adult Day Care is a health-related and social-related program during specific hours to provide care and/or treatment to adults who may benefit from such a service. "Adults may have health or mental conditions that need some supervision but do not require 24-hour nursing care or hospitalization, but need more than occasional home service or recreational activity," said Kim Bergen, a U of I nursing student working on the project.

Adult day services began in the 1960s as a healthcare service, and later expanded to include supportive and social services. In 1978, there were 300 centers nationwide. Today, more than 3,400 Adult Day Centers serve families and caregivers needing support. However, the need in this country is great. In a service gap analysis funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, it was determined that the current number of operating centers falls seriously short of the estimated 8, 520 adult day centers needed nationwide.

The information obtained in this survey could launch an adult day care program in the Storm Lake region, but we need your help.

For more information, and to participate in our project, please call Jayne Wilhelm, Methodist Manor, at 712-732-9338.

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