Our health care scene continues to transform as we move into a new year. We behold advances in medical treatment, changes in demographics and the methods to manage health care. All across the board people are affected by the shifts in our health care delivery systems. Nearly everyone is searching for means to find value on a limited budget.
One factor that remains a constant in our society... the importance of family and friends in providing support for each other during times of chronic illness and disability. Adult Day Services are affordable options geared to reinforce the concept of family caregiving.
Our mission is to create a person-centered environment, where each individual’s needs and interests are purposefully met everyday in the protected setting of the day center.
The skilled day center staff facilitate significant social connections, along with essential medical care. Prairie Adult Care Inc offers a wide menu of services to fit the needs and interests of many adults. In addition, our day program invites care partners to learn about effective strategies to live successfully with the many challenges of disabilities and chronic disease.
Every day participants engage in a variety of interesting new games, community service projects and conversation groups. We reap the benefits of music through a variety of venues: Move to Music exercise, Buzz Jammers big band concert, sing-a-longs with Fran, Bob, and Sharon, banjo music with Frank, woodwind ensemble with Joan and friends, and recitals by local piano students. The annual Variety Show brought together talented performers age 5 to 95 for an entertaining afternoon.
Many participants are working hard to achieve personal fitness goals for this year. Our daily exercise classes, Tai Chi Chih, stationary bikes and walking tracks provide opportunities for cardiovascular, coordination and strength training.
Connecting to our community is an important component of our center activities. We have been out and about on our field trips to the Buzz Jammers big band concerts, Brunswick Bowl, Becky’s Place, Summit Pool and Eden Lake Elementary school.
Our outdoor patio gardens have been transformed into a winter feeding station for the birds, directly outside our sitting room window.
High school and college students engaged in academic mentorships add an intergenerational dimension to cognitive games, art projects, adapted sports and conversation groups.
If you are interested in volunteering, our center provides a rewarding experience for both students and adults. If your organization has a light assembly type project, give us a call and we may be able to volunteer our time to you.
The History of Adult Day Services
Grassroots initiatives responded to local community health care needs in the 1960’s, and created the first adult day centers. During the next decade, adult day service managers established our national standardized criteria for licensing. From a few hundred programs in the 70’s, we now have over 4500 licensed adult day centers nationwide, providing care for approximately 150,000 care recipients each day.
Prairie Adult Care Inc opened in 1989 with just three participants from Eden Prairie in attendance. Currently over one hundred families, representing at least twenty communities utilize our services each year. Our network has expanded to integrate social services, public health, learning institutions, businesses, various types of residential alternatives, and faith organizations.
In May 2012 PAC Inc transitioned to its new ownership with the same dedication and care that have been its hallmarks for the first 23 years. New director Kathleen Fitzgerald and the entire staff at PAC Inc continue to provide the attention and service that PAC has been known for, and look for new ways to serve the aging community.
Eden Prairie Professionals in Aging
The Eden Prairie Professionals in Aging networking group is a valuable resource for leaders in eldercare services. Contact the EP Senior Center at 952–949–8476 or online for more information.