a place to go during the evening or at night

DayCare-at-Night programs provide individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease a place to go for evening(s) or night(s).

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daycare at night for people with dementia

Who is the A DayCare at Night program for?
DayCare at Night program provide individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease  who need supervised day-care an evening or at night.

they are:
Who are living in their own homes (or with a caregiver)
who: Are in the early- to mid-stage of the disease
who: Don’t require constant one-on-one assistance
who: Have some mobility (some programs may allow a self-propelled wheelchair)
Who: Are not physically or verbally abusive
Who: Do not wander excessively
Depending on the program, you may need:
    Documentation of a doctor’s diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s
    Proof the person lives within the service area
    An intake examination by the staff to determine eligibility according to its own DCN requirements

Delivery of A DayCare at Night program
Many programs may offer door-to-door transportation
programs may be part of stand-alone  DayCare at Night center, specifically set up to provide  DayCare at Night services, or they may operate within community centers or assisted living facilities

Nothing can be worse than getting a successful group up and running only to lose your venue

Ensure that the venue is available on a regular basis. Nothing can be worse than getting
a successful group up and running only to lose your venue. Try to negotiate a long term
contract with the venue owners, most are willing to do this as it is in their interest to get
good, long term, community based client groups in place.

The venue should have:

Easy access for wheel chairs.

Good toilet facilities with access suitable for those with a disability.

Safe and good fire escape facility.

Well equipped kitchen. A dishwasher will free up volunteers time.

Ground floor capacity to seat up to 40 people.

Entrance and exit points that enable people to be seen. This should help to eliminate

Fixed gap or secure low gap windows.

Adequate heating capacity.

No tendency toward any echo situation as this can be disturbing to those with hearing

Enough furniture to seat the group comfortably, tables and chairs.

Ensure the venue chosen will not be too small. The demand for the service is rising all
the time.

Health and safety

Carry out risk assessment.

Have fire escape procedure in place.

All electrical equipment to be must be tested and certified.

Public liability Insurance,

Maintain an attendance register.

Keep records of the attendance including Register.

Provide first aid kit.

Recruit staff carefully

DCN depends upon the initial set up organization

Delivery of a DayCare at Night programs
Many DayCare at Night programs are run independently but they do form an ideal opportunity for statutory bodies and charitable organisations to work together in full partnership. Cost effective delivery of this support service is best made via this arrangement.

The ultimate success of a DCN depends upon the initial set up organization,
a good coordinator will have a large part to play in this.

Many of the volunteers who come forward must have experience with alzheimer’s dementia

To run a DayCare-at-Night most effectively there is merit in considering the employment of ‘Part time Workers’ who are paid but only when working.

Staffing levels vary and are often dependent upon availability of knowledgeable volunteer staff. Generally it is accepted that a ratio of one volunteer worker to four or five clients is workable.

it should be noted that it is in the interest of the local health authority that they provide some admin help as well. A DCN is an evening alternative to day care. ‘Partnership working’ should mean just that and it is in the interest of all parties to ensure that this service delivers one of its key objectives. That is to enable people to stay within the home environment for longer.

The DCN must be Committed to achieving the best quality of life for people with alzheimer’s dementia and their carers. Aiming to work collaboratively with mental health and care professionals, and persons who have expertise in given areas, to deliver information and refer to the appropriate formal agency as required.

Funding and long term running of A DayCare at Night program

Some centers may allow you to pay hourly for less than a full night — or  have a sliding fee scale to help lower-income families afford their services.

These programs bring  together groups of people, provide a very important addition to support services, and enable a single point of contact where information and education can be distributed.

The friendly informal setting provides emotional support and also reduces the isolation often felt by people with dementia, their carers and families.

DayCare-at-Night programs are not a short term drop off facility and function as a committed respite resource.

It should be made clear to family, friends and carers that the service is is suitable for people with dementia taking in to consideration specific care needs such as: Problems with continence. Mobility issues that require aid. Challenging behaviour. Medical conditions that require monitoring.

The Manager/facilitor/Coordinator has the right to consult with individual and their carers if it is found that the service is no longer appropriate. This might be because: The behaviour of the person with dementia is disrupting the event to the detriment of other service users. The physical health of the person with dementia has deteriorated and their needs cannot be met within this informal social environment.

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