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Adult day care offers much to elderly

The Adult Day Care program at the Adirondack Tri-County facility could use a few more participants. The program’s covered by Medicaid, said Sue Stoddard (top left) who heads the program. Maria Radyn (bottom left) and Beatrice Van Guilder (bottom right) are program participants. Dorothy Baker (top right) works with Stoddard.

The Adult Day Care program at the Adirondack Tri-County facility could use a few more participants. The program’s covered by Medicaid, said Sue Stoddard (top left) who heads the program. Maria Radyn (bottom left) and Beatrice Van Guilder (bottom right) are program participants. Dorothy Baker (top right) works with Stoddard. Photo by John Grybos.

— “My son work everyday,” said Radyn. “He can't take me here.”

They offer speech therapy, once a month a dentist comes in, an eye doctor can be available. They'll even get the prescriptions for the day care people, if they use the North Creek pharmacy. To encourage on-time med taking, the staff swill set up a days-of-the-week pill sorter.

They'll even bathe their participants and wash their hair, one of Radyn's favorite parts of the program. She showed off her freshly-polished nails, painted a deep purple.

“The care that they get is practically specialized,” said Stoddard.

Besides the medical attention, the attendees get a chance to socialize. They even go on a trip every month. They just visited a chinese buffet in Glens Falls and recently visited a military museum in Saratoga.

They also do in-house activities, like board games and cooking. Radyn pointed at the fridge in the activity room and a foam penguin mounted there, noting that her group made a bunch of decorations for a holiday sale.

“It's health care and it's fun, too,” said Stoddard.

The program currently has eight regulars, but they don't come everyday. They can take 10 people a day for the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. program. Participants can come in as few as one or as many as five days in a week.

Medicaid will cover the cost of the daycare, but private insurance holders have to pay a significant amount to participate, said Stoddard.

For more information, visit AdirondackNursing.com or call 518-251-2447.

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