Adult day services is a professional care setting in which older adults, adults living with dementia, AND adults living with disabilities receive individualized therapeutic, social, and health services for some part of the day.
The Gathering Place provides coordinated programs of professional and compassionate services for adults in a group setting within their own community. We provide a safe, supportive environment where participants can receive a range of professional health, social and therapeutic services. Caregivers receive respite from the rigors of long-term care of a loved one.
The Gathering Place offers social, medical/health, and specialized programs to meet the needs of our rural community. Under the oversight of a registered nurse, there is one direct care worker for every six participants, facilitating individualized, person-centered care and enabling staff to care for increasingly complex needs.
Before a participant enters our program, our registered nurse will perform a health assessment so we can create a participant centered Plan of Service that best meets his/her/their needs and capabilities.
From the assessment, we develop a personalized Plan of Service which may include the following:
The utmost attention is given to the health and wellness of each participant. Our nursing staff works closely with the participant and their family/caregiver to stay current with important needs and changes.
Health oversight provided includes:
Not only does everyone deserve to have a wonderful day, but having fun and learning can be a part of that day. Values and lifestyles are important! With the help of families and staff, participants choose from a broad range of wellness-focused activities that reflect individual interests, talents and needs. We strongly embrace each person for who they are.
Each day, The Gathering Place offers clients a wide array of enjoyable social and therapeutic activity choices.
Social activities—interaction with other participants in planned activities appropriate for their conditions
Therapeutic activities—exercise and mental interaction for all participants.
Depending on a client’s needs and wishes, these activities may include:
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We firmly believe learning is as imperative to life as breathing. The Gathering Place offers educational opportunities to encourage participants to try new experiences and learn new things through participation and socialization. We have in house educational programs and opportunities as well as guest speakers who share their knowledge, passion and skills.
Learning is a respectful process where older adult learners and adults with disabilities can always succeed. When diverse learning processes are offered participants know they are being treated with dignity and respect, creating a culture of engagement.
Whether a family member, friend or professional caregiver, living with and caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other forms of memory loss can be daunting. The Gathering Place recognizes every nuance of dementia and all that it brings to the individual as well as the caregiving family. Our staff are trained in the care of those with memory loss; watching for and anticipating the subtleties.
Some of the things we focus on for our participants with dementia:
“As we age, healthy eating can make a difference in our health, help to improve how we feel, and encourage a sense of well-being. Eating healthy has benefits that can help older adults.”
The Gathering Place offers a light breakfast, a healthy lunch and an afternoon snack each day. TGP staff endeavors to ensure all meals are tasty and meet USDA guidelines for older adults. Individual dietary needs and restrictions are carefully followed and we offer assistance to participants with feeding challenges. Hydration is closely monitored throughout the day.
A healthy diet packed with vital nutrients can help ward off potential health problems like, heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Nutritious foods will help you maintain a healthy weight and can work wonders for your energy level.
The Gathering Place coordinates transportation to and from our Centers and to and from medical appointments on days of attendance. Drivers will provide, if needed, physical assistance on and off the vehicle as well as getting to and from your front door.
To accommodate transportation needs, a 48-hour notice is required. To qualify for these services you must be a resident of Vermont and meet eligibility.