Neighborhood House Adult Day Services: An Engaging Community Experience

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Oct 18, 2018

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Neighborhood House Adult Day Services are open Monday Friday, 7:30 AM- 5:30 PM, and centers are located near downtown Salt Lake and Cottonwood Heights.
Neighborhood House enriches, empowers and educates children and adults through quality affordable day care and support services. A sliding fee scale based on families ability to pay and door-to-door transportation service offer convenience and affordability for family caregivers.

Programming focuses on the specific needs of aging and/or disabled adults. Engaging activities, consistent staff interaction, and regular meals can help older and disabled adults maintain their physical and cognitive health, while simultaneously providing valuable respite for their caregivers. Therapeutic recreation activities are designed to address social, emotional, physical, and cognitive domains, and experienced staff are supported by student interns from local universities and colleges. Other program features include field trips, music therapy, monthly service projects, and intergenerational activities. Individualized therapy plans are implemented upon enrollment and client progress is regularly evaluated. Additionally, we provide medication management, nutritious meals, and are the only adult day service program in Salt Lake County that contracts with Veterans Affairs for daytime supervised care.

The average client at Neighborhood House is 80 years old, with age-related cognitive impairment, dementia, and/or other chronic conditions. Younger adult clients are cognitively challenged or physically disabled and benefit from supervised care on a temporary or permanent basis. Collectively, our clients are offered 11 daily activities - all of which are designed to promote independence, feelings of usefulness, social interaction, cognitive stimulation, and physical exercise. Intergenerational activities with Childrens Center students integrate Neighborhood House adult clients into a larger population, further reducing social isolation and offering young children an opportunity to better understand aging or disabled adults in their surrounding community. To learn more about Neighborhood House, or to schedule a tour, visit www.nhutah.org

Contact Information:

Riverside Adult Day Center

423 South 1100 West

Salt Lake City, Utah 84104

(801) 363-4593

Email: sdcfront@nhutah.org



Cottonwood Adult Day Center

1580 East Vine Street (6100 South)

Salt Lake City, Utah 84121

(801) 277-3264

Email: cottonadmin@nhutah.org



Editors Note: This article was submitted by Sarah Scott, MS, MBA. She is the Adult Day Services Director at Neighborhood House and may be reached at 801-363-4593, or by email at adsdirector@nhutah.org

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