The Adult Day Center of Somerset County is pleased to announce the appointment of Board of Trustees Chair, David Tucker; Vice-Chair, Bob Milligan; and the role Treasurer is continued by Dave Mendez.
The Board Officers were voted in at the December Board of Trustees meeting.
The ADC is thankful to have such dedicated individuals on our Board. The strength of any non-profit social service agency can be found in its volunteer leadership.
We are indeed fortunate to have these Board Members lead the ADC.
Coming Soon: The Results of the 2015 Caregiver Survey
Last year, 41% of caregivers offered their thoughts and insight in participating in our yearly survey. this year we expect to get the 2015 results to you in the coming weeks.
To those who participated, we are appreciative of your time, thoughtfulness and input.
Some highlights from 2014 included:
100% of our caregivers feel that the Center has been supportive of their needs as a caregiver;
98% feel reduced stress since using the Center
89% believe we have helped them to keep their family member at home.
We shared a closer, and more in-depth look at these results with our entire staff at our in-service day on February 12th.
Overall the feedback was positive and it indicates that we are serving the needs of our members. We will be working to implement recommendations and to move the "very good" ratings to "outstanding."
ADC Staff and Members Celebrated Rocco and Molly's Birthday
Pictured left to right: Maryann Royce-Koehler with Molly; and Stacy Scelfo with Rocco
Last month we celebrated the birthdays of our beloved ADC dogs, Rocco and Molly.
Molly belongs to MaryAnn Royce-Koehler, our craft director, and she turned 4. She comes to work with Maryann Tuesday through Friday and loves to interact with members. New members find peace taking Molly for a walk outside.
Rocco, who turned 5, recently came to live with Stacy Scelfo, our social worker. Rocco keeps Stacy company in her office while she is meeting with members and their families and loves to be with Molly.
Molly and Rocco are our informal therapy dogs. Research has shown that animals can stimulate social interaction and ease agitation in dementia patients. When a member has Rocco or Molly with them, they show reduced agitation, get physical activity by tossing a ball or taking them for a walk, and just seem happier after interacting or watching a trick. This month therapy dog, Karuso, began bi-weekly visits with his human, Gennethe.
MEMBER ANN GLASS GIVES US 99 REASONS TO HAVE A PARTY!
Ann Glass is pictured with her family.
Ann Glass celebrated her 99th birthday. In May, her daughter visited from out of town to celebrate with staff and members. Activity Assistant Cheryl Dolida and staff put together a birthday card-scroll that highlighted events from the past 99 years juxtaposed with highlights from Ann's life. It was quite a thoughtful project that was appreciated by Ann and her family. (Check out our Facebook page for more photos.)
The ADC Celebrated Horticultural Therapy Week
L-R: Freeholder Pat Walsh; ADC Board Chair Anita Ventantonio; Horticultural Therapist Laura DePrado; ADC Executive Director Diann Robinson; and Freeholder Patrick Scaglione.
In March, Freeholder Patrick Scaglione and Freeholder Pat Walsh joined ADC Executive Director Diann Robinson for a tour of the ADC and for our Horticultural Therapy Week celebration. They participated in our Horticultural Connections program and helped the members complete their tasks. Thank you Freeholders for taking the time to join us! Click here to see the article about the visit in the Courier News.
Harpist Clarita Ramos played at the ADC
Thank you to Pat McGarry and The New Jersey State Council on the Arts Local Arts Program Grant for sending harpist Clarita Ramos to the ADC last month. Ms. Ramos performed a series of contemporary songs that lend themselves to a sing-a-long. It was not at all what we were expecting and it was a wonderful surprise and treat for us.