Elant Music Therapist Sue Conklin turned up the volume on the record player spinning the 33 1/3 rpm vinyl, and immediately the adults participating in the Elant at Goshen Adult Day Health Care music class recognized the melodious tune.
Conklin passed out maracas, and participants shook them to accompany the playing music. Many smiled, clearly remembering the sounds of yesteryear, with Conklin even getting one lady to dance with her. It was just another afternoon at Elant’s Adult Day Health Care program, with staff ensuring that participants had a day filled with routines, socialization and fun.
“Our programs offer companionship, respect and stimulation for Elant clients,” said Crystal Cordovano, Elant at Goshen’s executive director and administrator. “We know we make a difference in the lives of both our registrants and their caregivers.”
Elant’s Adult Day programs have been in place since 1996. Day program options feature an Adult Day Health Care program (ADHC) for people in need of health care services, also known as a medical model program, and a social model known as Daybreak, according to Holly Berry, R.N., adult day program director.
For adults who need assistance, are disabled or chronically ill, but prefer to live at home, Elant’s medical model provides individualized care under the direction of a registered nurse in collaboration with an interdisciplinary care team. It focuses on providing personal care, as well as strengthening and improving physical and cognitive abilities – all while providing socialization and companionship.
Elant operates two of the three available medical model programs in Orange County at its Goshen and Meadow Hill (Newburgh) campuses.
The Daybreak program provides professional care to adults 18 and older in an entertaining, stimulating and supervised group environment. The program provides an opportunity for those who can live independently at home to socialize during the day, allowing families to enjoy peace of mind while they are away from home.
Recently, Elant at Goshen’s Adult Day Health Care Program was awarded $100,000 in grant funding from the New York State Health Department Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) to develop a new program for those individuals with all levels of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
The grant is designed to prevent or limit long-term placement of Medicaid beneficiaries and others into skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Specialized programming provided by the ADHC Dementia program assists to improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia-related illnesses. Programming is adapted to meet the needs and abilities of each of the clients.
In addition to the specialized programming, a Quiet Reflections room is available for Alzheimer’s and other dementia clients that features reclining chairs, a flat screen television, sound system and an aromatherapy station with therapeutic stimulation supplies. The grant also funds the expense of a dedicated recreational therapist who engages care recipients in dementia-specific programming and a music therapist who uses music as reminiscence therapy to enhance quality of life.
“The program benefits are tremendous,” Berry explained. “For caregivers, these programs are extremely helpful because we help to relieve the stress caregivers may have due to the challenges associated with caring for their loved ones. It gives them a needed and welcome respite.”
As that happens, Berry added, Elant employees ensure proper, quality care for the recipient and that all medical and/or social needs are met.
Just ask caregiver Ronalyn Davis of Middletown, who has been sending her grandmother Ethel Davis, also a dementia client, to Elant’s Adult Day Health Care program for the last several years.
“That’s her routine, she goes to day care, she sees her friends, even though some days she’s lucid and other days she is not,” said Davis. “The staff has never made her lose her dignity; they’re always very patient with her. We know we can go to work and not worry.”
Elant’s day care programs provide care recipients with meal service, medication, toileting and/or walking assistance. There are also educational programs for mental stimulation, as well as exercise opportunities, including physical and occupational therapy opportunities, and health monitoring where indicated.
To further enhance the social experience, there are craft activities and games, music therapy, parties and relaxation activities. The activities are adult-centric and appropriate, geared toward positively impacting social decline.
Caregiver Kathleen Gillen of Goshen understands the program’s many benefits. Her mother Mary Ann O’Sullivan, who has dementia, has been attending the program for four years.
“I don’t know what I would do without this program,” Gillen said. “I drop her off, I go to the gym. She really likes the routine there, and it’s a big relief for me.”
Open House Events:
Learn More about Elant at Goshen’s Adult Day Programs
Elant at Goshen will be holding two upcoming open house events to educate
attendees about Adult Day program options for their loved ones.
For more information call 845-360-1248
Wednesday Sept. 30th 1:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday Oct. 3rd 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
46 Harriman Drive, Goshen, NY 10924