The Friendship Club is a community based program dedicated to assisting older adults with progressive memory disorders to maintain their highest level of ability. The stimulating and caring environment is designed to enhance the self-esteem, well being, and dignity of each member through the creation of person-centered programs. This partnership in care giving enables family members to keep their loved one at home, and to provide caregivers with much needed respite.
Daily activities are planned to meet each member’s interests and abilities. Our full schedule of activities include:
- Art & Music Therapy
- Reminiscence therapy
- Daily exercise
- Pet visits
- Intergenerational visits
- Create new music
- Life Skills activities
- New hobbies
- Pleasant conversation
- A new confidence
- Encouragement & care from a compassionate, well-trained staff
In addition to the much needed respite provided by the ADS program, caregivers and family members are supported by the following:
- Caregiver counseling and support.
- Caregiver resource and community referral information and assistance.
- Monthly caregiver support group meetings*.
- Counseling and support for participants provided by a licensed Social Worker
Our caregiver forum is held on the second Monday of each month from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, everyone is welcome whether their loved one attends the program or not. Respite care is available for enrolled members.
Q: What is Adult Day Service?
A: The Bloomfield Township Adult Day Service program (ADS) is a community-based therapeutic program dedicated to assisting older adults with dementia to maintain their highest level of ability. Enrollment is recommended as soon as possible after receiving a dementia diagnosis. Research indicates early intervention is important to maintaining quality of life and maximizing stability. Improvement in mood, sleep patterns, and socialization with peers are benefits of participation. The stimulating and caring environment is designed to enhance the self-esteem, well-being, and dignity of each member through the creation of person-centered programs. Friendship Club ADS is based on the social model of service provision.
Q: What is the impact of Adult Day Service?
A: Social model ADS provides non-medical supervision in a safe and engaging setting to those living in their homes who do not need 24-hour care*. The service provides respite to family caregivers giving them much needed breaks. We provide therapeutic activities and structured socialization to meet the strengths and needs of people with dementia. Persons in the program are carefully grouped with others who share common interests and abilities to ensure successful engagement for all members.
*Medical model ADS has medical professionals on staff and offers care to those with higher levels of need. Friendship Club is not a medical model ADS.
Q: Where is Adult Day Service located?
A: The Friendship Club Adult Day Service is located in the Bloomfield Township Senior Center, 4315 Andover Road, Bloomfield Township.
Q: Is a Doctor’s order required?
A: Yes. There is a health screening summary form that must be completed by the member’s physician and that will indicate the diagnosis of dementia. Additionally, an up-to-date negative TB and Hepatitis A screening is required.
Q: Are there any other requirements for enrollment in the Friendship Club?
A: Adult Day Service is not a guaranteed service and the enrollment process includes consideration of the person’s abilities and needs in light of our abilities to maintain our therapeutic setting. Members must be at least 50 years old and able to ambulate with assistance of a cane, walker, or wheelchair. If using a wheelchair - that individual must be able to stand and transfer to use the bathroom with assistance of one person. Individuals must also be able to participate in the program with existing staffing ratios (1 staff to 4 members) and benefit from a structured activities program based on evaluation by our BTSS social worker. In advance of enrolling in the program the guardians/responsible parties have agreed to pay the designated fee and participate in service planning.
Q: What are the fees? And what do they include?
A: There is a non-refundable enrollment fee of $100 to be paid prior to the intake assessment.
Program fees are $80 for a half day (4 or less hours) or $90 for a full day (more than 4 hours.) In-home health care ranges $20-26 per hour. ADS is a reasonable way to provide care with the added value of socialization and therapeutic activities. This fee includes a hot lunch, snack, partnership in care support and a full activities program. There is a re-enrollment fee of $100 for return following a Leave of Absence (LOA). Non-residents are welcome to enroll if criteria are met and do pay a higher fee.
Q: What are hours of operation?
A: The Friendship Club hours of operation are: 9 AM - 4 PM, Monday - Friday.
Q: Are meals provided for members?
A: Yes. A hot meal at lunch and an afternoon snack are served daily.
Q: Can special diets be accommodated?
A: The hot lunches are provided by BTSS Home Delivered Meals program. The menus are approved by the Area Agency on Aging 1-B and can accommodate diabetic diets.
Q: Is transportation available? What is the cost?
A: Based on availability of staff, we may be able to offer transportation service for those members who are assessed to benefit from transport. This is a prescheduled service that is offered either one-way or roundtrip. The fee is $18 one-way and $36 round trip. Transportation is available within the township only.
Q: Are other services available for members at the Friendship Club?
A: Showering, grooming or shaving services on-site will be considered on a case-by-case basis, with advance scheduling and staff capacity. There is an additional charge of $50 for each shower and $20 for each grooming service.
Q: What activities are offered?
A: The activities and programs offered are designed specifically for individuals living with dementia and build on each member’s ability and interest. A diverse selection of activities include: creative arts and crafts, board and card games, baking, gardening, reminiscence therapy, pet visits, exercise programs and group discussions. Music providers visit several times a week.
Q: Are support services offered for family caregivers?
A: Yes. Our “Caregiver Forum”, an Alzheimer’s Association co-sponsored group, meets the second Monday of every month from 2 PM - 3:30 PM at the Bloomfield Township Senior Center. This support group is open to anyone that is providing care to someone with dementia. Other services for family caregivers include coordination of the participants’ person-centered care plan and supportive counseling for participants and family members.