PHC Adult Day Care Center Celebrates 30 Years
The Adult Day Health Care Center of the Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation celebrated its thirtieth year of service to the community on May 4, 2007. Many of Rockaway's elected officials, along with members of the board of directors of the Peninsula Hospital Center and the Extended Care Facility, administration, staff, volunteers and registrants of this unique medical/recreational facility joined together to mark this momentous occasion.
It is hard to believe that when the Adult Day Health Care Center opened its doors on May 2, 1977 with a fiveday a-week program and just a handful of registrants it would continue to grow to its present size of 100 registrants attending up to the full sevenday week that the facility now operates. New York State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and City Councilman James Sanders were on hand for the festivities and showered praise on the staff and registrants of this very unique adult day program that has weathered the past three decades and grown bigger and stronger throughout the years. Board President Joel A. Miele Sr., PE, delivered the opening remarks and Janet Miele-Powers, Administrator/ Senior Vice-President of the Extended Care Center took over the helm as the mistress of ceremonies.
Proclamations and citations were presented to Joyce Little, RN, ADHC Program Director by Assemblywoman Pheffer and representatives from State Senator Malcolm Smith and City Councilman Joseph Addabbo. Little credits the continuing success of the program to the longevity of both the staff and many of the residents, many of whom have been involved in the ADHC for as much as 30 years. "It's the familiarity between the staff and the registrants that make this a home-like environment, instead of just a medical day care facility," Little said. "The longevity of the staff in this program is what makes us more of an extended family. The staff knows the registrants' families. They know their likes and dislikes and they share their lives with each other. It goes far beyond caring for them during the 37 hour work week and it is this bond that has developed between the staff and the registrants that has enabled us to run a center here for these past 30 years." Little certainly understands the pull that the program has for its staff. It was her own mother, Eileen Giglio, RN, a nurse at the ADHC, who encouraged her to join the program 15 years ago where she now serves as its director and chief advocate.
The ADHC program provides a wide range of ambulatory care services aimed at keeping older persons healthy enough to remain at home, rather than in long-term assisted living situations. ADHC at Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation is a medical model adult day care, one which offers independence and dignity to its registrants while providing medical, nursing, rehabilitation and nutrition services which are required on a case by case basis. And, all of this care is dispensed by a top-notch team of highly skilled professionals within the context of a caring and social environment.
The services offered by ADHC include psychosocial assessment, medical monitoring, nutritional meals and counseling, comprehensive assessment and an individualized plan of care. Additionally, there is a full range of recreational programs available to all of the residents of the ADHC program including trips, barbecues, fashion shows, arts and crafts and games. There are also experienced registered nurses who manage the registrants' medication needs. Referrals to the Hospital Center's Dental, Podiatry and Ophthalmology, Speech, Hearing, Physical and Occupational Therapy Departments are arranged for the registrants as needed. A certified social worker provides counseling and assists with support services. Health education and promotion are also stressed as well as an exercise program. ADHC registrants can also be referred to the Hospital Center's out patient department for other support services such as x-ray, laboratory testing, electrocardiograms, mammographies, etc.
The therapeutic recreation department also encourages registrants to participate in leisure-time activities available through the PCECR's recreational department where participants watch movies, participate in holiday parties and learn about cooking, indoor gardening and crafts.
Eligibility for the program is simple. Individuals who are medically at risk and living in the Rockaways and its surrounding communities who are alert, able to feed themselves and handle their personal hygiene needs with minimal assistance and able to participate and be maintained safely are welcomed to the program. Acomplete medical evaluation prior to joining the program and a tuberculin test is mandatory for admission.
The program, including transportation, is fully covered for Medicaid registrants. There is also a private pay rate available for those who are not Medicaid eligible.
The Adult Day Health Care Center offers two daily sessions as well as weekend sessions. The session schedules are from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm or from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm Monday through Friday and from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm Saturday and Sunday.