Mission: The Daily Living Center’s (DLC) mission is to maximize individual independence, dignity, and quality of life for adults, as well as for their caregivers, by providing exceptional adult day health care, advocacy, and education.
Community Need: Licensed by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to serve adults 18 and over, DLC cares for adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, as well as other disabilities such as stroke, closed head trauma, diabetes, the intellectually challenged and others who require medical supervision. The DLC is invaluable in providing the community with safe, professional care for adults while allowing their caregivers and families a much needed respite or to continue to work outside the home and remain financially solvent. There are no other programs or services in the Staunton, Augusta County, and Waynesboro area that offer the same services as the DLC. Other options for families of adult dependents are considerably more expensive. The DLC provides high-quality care for 50% of the cost of a home health care aide and 30% of the cost of a nursing home. In addition, with a 6:1 client to staff ratio, recreational and socialization activities, and healthcare management, the DLC provides a much greater spectrum of personal care than either of these other options.
Constituents Served: Adults 18 and over with a debilitating disease who requires medical supervision and/or an individual who is not capable of fully independent living at home, but does not require 24 hour nursing care. Payment eligibility includes private pay, Medicaid reimbursement through the Commonwealth Coordinated Care+ Program (CCC+) and through the Veterans Administration to serve eligible veterans. They served 40 people last year in the following age groups: 20-40: 7, 41-60: 8, 61-80: 8, 81 and older: 17.
Primary Activities: Since inception in 1988, the Daily Living Center provides:
- A safe and secure environment
- Socialization and recreational activities
- Health monitoring with person-centered care plans under the direction of a R.N.
- Medication management
- Continuity of care, from admission to discharge
- Referral resource for other agencies
- Nutritious hot meal and two snacks
- Bathing and hair care
- Much needed respite for caregivers
- Support for participants and their caregivers. DLC hosts a Caregiver Support Group each month.
- Counseling and education for both participants and their caregivers.
- A way for working families to keep their loved ones at home, providing supervised care while family members work outside the home
- Prevents the pre-mature placement in a long-term care facility, enhancing quality of life by allowing individuals to remain at home with their loved ones and their community
Amount Requested: $8,000
Operating Budget: $367,525