Adult Day Services Program

Helping Hands Respite Care is pleased to offer the Adult Day Services program, housed at the Valley Court Community Center. Formerly run by the City of East Lansing, this program was successfully merged into all of the other respite services offered by Helping Hands Respite Care. The Helping Hands Respite Care administrative offices are also in the Valley Court Community Center.

Adult Day Services…What Is It?

Adult day services programs are community based and designed to meet the needs of functionally impaired adults through individualized plans of care. They are usually structured, comprehensive programs that provide a variety of health, social and related services in a protective setting during daytime hours. They do not offer 24-hour care. It primarily serves residents of East Lansing and the tri-county area (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties.

What Are The Major Goals Of The Program?

The Adult Day Services program has two primary goals directed toward enrichment of the lives of participants and their families: 1) to enhance and/or maintain the functioning level (physical, social, emotional and cognitive) of participants on an individual basis in accordance with the orders from attending physician; and 2) to provide respite for family/caregivers.

What Specific Activities Take Place?

Socialization and interaction with peers, along with mental and physical stimulation, are achieved through such activities as discussions, exercises, arts and crafts, games, sing-a-longs and field trips. A hot, nutritious lunch and afternoon snack are provided. Cooperative planning with other community agencies is carried out as needed. Referrals to support groups are available for interested family members and caregivers.

 Where Is The Program Located?

The Adult Day Services Program is located at 201 Hillside Court in the Valley Court Community Center. The center can be found by driving north on Delta Street off of Grand River Avenue between Abbot and Harrison. Biggby Coffee is located on Grand River near Delta.

How Is The Program Staffed?

The Helping Hands Adult Day Services professional staff consists of a Program Supervisor, Registered Nurse, Care Providers and Volunteers. The staff/participant ratio is 1:2 with the addition of volunteers.

Who Attends The Adult Day Services Program?

This is a program for individuals 18 years of age and older who have physical, mental, emotional or social limitations and who require assistance and supervision in daily living. Disabilities might include such conditions as strokes, heart problems, orthopedic problems, severe vision and hearing losses and early to middle states of Dementia/Alzheimer’s. Mobility may range from unassisted walking to requiring use of a wheelchair. Helping Hands staff is prepared to assist individuals who need occasional or limited help with various phases of the program, including eating, walking and use of the bathroom.

Specialized therapies (physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy) are weighed on an individual basis and may be carried out on site by a qualified therapist under the direction of the participant’s attending physician (i.e. visiting nurses) if appropriate to the Helping Hands Adult Day Services program and in keeping with its policies governing quality assurance. All medication, including over-the-counter drugs, must be medically prescribed and taken under direct supervision of our registered nurse.

Acceptance Criteria

Applicants could be denied, and participants may be discharged from the program, for the following reasons: 1) persistent and uncontrolled incontinence; 2) persistent disruptive or violent behavior, including chronic “run-aways”; 3) need of physical care beyond the capabilities of the program. In fairness to all, priority is given to those living alone or with a family member caregiver. Those in adult foster care or nursing homes are given a lower priority since daily care is already provided. No one is excluded from the program on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, or national origin.

When Is The Adult Day Services Program Open?

It is open 5 days a week Monday through Friday. Typically participants attend between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but hours are flexed based upon the family’s needs.  Each day has its own roster of activity and participants attend the same day(s) and times each week. A minimum of 5 hours at a time is required each day of attendance. Most people attend 1 to 3 days per week. Additional hours and days may be arranged, depending on caregiver needs and the ability of staff to provide the needed care.

What Is The Cost?

Basic program fee: $13/hr.

(i.e. 5 hours = $65 program fee + $3.50 for lunch)

There is a $50 non-refundable enrollment fee.

Is There Financial Assistance?

Residents of Ingham, Clinton or Eaton counties of low or moderate income who are being cared for by an unpaid caregiver may apply for Respite funds. These funds allow use of a sliding scale, based on income, to determine per-hour charges. Open certification for these allocations is available about every 6 months through the Helping Hands office. Funds are made available through Tri-County Aging Consortium, the Michigan Tobacco Settlement and the Older Americans Act. Individuals may also be added to a waiting list should these funds become available before the next open certification. In the case of individuals that have a history of service in the military, there may be assistance available from a Veteran’s service office. Candidates should consult their local Veteran’s organization. In each case income information should be completed at the time of application. All information is kept confidential.

Is There Transportation Available?

Helping Hands Respite Care works closely with area public transportation companies and services to facilitate use by the program participants:

• CATA Spec-Tran is available for those living in the greater Lansing-East Lansing area. This is a curb-to-curb service and includes Haslett, Okemos and Holt. The cost, if used, is covered by the Helping Hands program fee.

• EATRAN will bring Eaton County participants to Helping Hands Respite Care Adult Day Services Program if there is a doctor’s prescription for Adult Day Care Services. The cost, if used, is covered by the Helping Hands program fee.

• Clinton Transportation will bring Clinton County participants to Helping Hands Respite Care. The program will pay for half the cost with the balance billed to families.

What Is The Procedure For Enrollment?

Prospective participants may withdraw application at any point.

• Completion of a Helping Hands Respite Care – Adult Day Services application.

• Arrange for visit(s) to Helping Hands accompanied by a caregiver. Call (517) 372-6671

• Arrange for an intake interview with the caregiver and participant (often at 9:00 a.m. the first program day.)

• Attend first day without a caregiver present.

Is The Helping Hands Respite Care – Adult Day Services Program Certified?

There are currently no state regulations covering adult day care service. The Helping Hands program is, however, part of a statewide voluntary association: Michigan Adult Day Services Association (MADSA.) and  the Helping Hands Respite Care – Adult Day Services program continues to maintain quality programming.

What If I Have Other Questions?

The office phone number is (517) 372-6671, ext. 101. Office hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.