My Day Out Program Helps Caretakers by Managing Seniors’ Daily Needs

Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Caring for an aging parent can have its challenges.

Add in the responsibilities of parenting your young children, working and managing household tasks, and it can become a very difficult balancing act.

My Day Out, an adult day center at Passavant Community, is designed to give seniors living at home a place to come and spend the day, while giving their caregivers some respite.

“When you bring your loved one to My Day Out, we can help with some of their daily needs, so that their caretakers have time to tend to work and family obligations without guilt or compromise,” said Lesley McGregor, My Day Out manager.

While at the My Day Out center, participants receive breakfast and lunch, and can take part in enriching social, recreational, educational, spiritual and creative programs.

“We are like family. We want our participants to know that they are needed, helpful, and part of this group,” she said, adding that she and the staff get to know each participant well, so they can structure the activities around their personal interests.

“If they choose, we can also assist them to medical appointments right here on campus,” McGregor explained, which can eliminate the need for caregivers to adjust their work schedules to accommodate doctor visits.

“It’s difficult for a lot of us to miss work so that we can take Mom or Dad to the doctor – we understand that.”

Primary care physicians as well as specialists including podiatrists, dentists, optometrists, audiologists and speech, occupational and physical therapists are available on site.

“We can even take them for beauty or barber appointments here,” she said.

The flexible schedule at My Day Out allows families to choose how much care is needed. Participants can come as many days of the week as they would like, either for half or full days.

“By allowing us to help with some of the caregiving, families are able to spend more quality time together, doing the activities they enjoy, rather than always tending to their loved ones’ medical and personal needs. And that’s what living an Abundant Life® is all about, right?” McGregor said.

Click here for more information about the My Day Out program at Passavant Community.

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