Intergenerational Program Offers Secure Care Day Services

Caring for a loved with Alzheimer’s Disease or other related dementia can be a daunting and exhausting task, even if a loved one has only mild to moderate memory impairment. Are they going to wander? Can I meet their special needs? Where do they go when I’m at work or away for other tasks? These are just some of the many worries and questions one has while caring for a memory impaired loved one.

St. Paul’s Senior Services Senior Day Program is designed to take some of the stress and worry away from the caregivers, and provide secure care, engagement, stimulation, and socialization for the individual with dementia.

The Senior Day Program, offered every Monday – Friday from 7:30 am –6:00pm , provides families a safe secured care option for care for loved ones with mild to moderate memory impairment due to Alzheimer’s Disease or other related dementia. The program cares for the whole person: socially, physically, mentally and spiritually. This care includes activities such as arts (drawing, painting, music), storytelling, recreation (games, exercises, field trips), nature (animals, plants, gardening, nature walks), food (cooking, eating together), teaching, and conversation.

To ensure the seniors are getting the special attention and quality secure care needed, all St. Paul’s activity coordinators and caregivers are certified nursing assistants.

What makes St. Paul’s Senior Day Program unique is that it is an intergenerational program with children ages 8 weeks to 5 years of age who interact with the seniors several times each day. Studies have shown that the benefits of intergenerational programs include promoting acceptance and understanding, developing empathy and respect, and an increased sense of worth for both seniors and children.

“St. Paul’s is proud to offer one of the first intergenerational day care programs in Southern California, and the only intergenerational program in San Diego,” says Melissa Stintson, Senior Day Supervisor. “Our intergenerational care brings together children and seniors to benefit the lives of both populations. Children learn to develop empathy and respect while our seniors develop an increased sense of self worth. Many families report that their loved one comes home more engaged and he/she sleeps better at night as a result of spending a day with us.”

St. Paul’s Senior Day Program is very flexible as to how the family chooses the frequency a senior attends the program. They also have the option of attending a half day (up to 5 hours) or a full day, and both options include a hot lunch and morning and afternoon snacks. Many families bring their loved one in on the way to work knowing their loved one is safe and well cared for in the secure care environment.