It’s hard to believe that a whole year has gone by. 2014 is down to its final day. This has been a great year for many, and especially for us at Harmony Adult Day Care. We opened our doors back in May 2014 and we did not know what to expect. All we know is that we anticipated success, and thrive towards it every day. We opened with the purpose of providing the residents of the community with a place where they can enjoy themselves doing a number of activities in a safe and monitored environment. This upcoming year we will continue to provide this service to our community.
I’m aware that you may have some questions, and concerns regarding Harmony. In this blog we attempt to put your mind at ease to help you make a step towards Social Adult Day Care in 2015. Here are some of the frequently asked questions that we have been asked this year:
- What are the benefits of joining Harmony Social Adult Day Care?
Joining a social adult day care has a dual benefit. The first benefit is for the participant. One thing we are aware of is that staying independent is key for the geriatric community. Many fear to become useless or dependent towards the latter years of life. Social Senior day care service helps you not only stay active but independent simultaneously. At Harmony we offer a number of activities to help with that. The second benefit is for the care taker. We are conscious that the responsibilities of a care taker are many. These responsibilities at times make it hard for the care taker to handle personal business, or just enjoy some leisure time for themselves. Harmony serves as a respite for those care takers that just need some time to do anything. We will take care of the loved one in a safe and vibrant environment.
- What is there to do at Harmony at 154th?
A better question would be what isn’t there to do. We offer any form of entertainment that you may fancy. If you like to move around we offer daily exercise customized to your physical abilities, but with the purpose of exercising stiff or contracted extremities. We offer zumba, tai chi, karate, and stretching techniques for exercise. We also offer a computer room in which we can show you how to do basic things on a computer. We have a library where you can read up on your favorite gossip, or maybe just catch up reading your favorite book. We have group discussions and book clubs as well. If you just like to play we have a pool table, chess, bingo, card games, checkers, and wii sports. We have musical entertainment as well from pre-recorded music to live music. We offer dancing and karaoke as entertainment as well, and so much more. You would have to see it for yourself. You can schedule a visit by calling 718-585-5440. The possibilities are endless here at Harmony at 154th.
- What are the requirements to be part of Harmony at 154th?
Like all social adult day cares having Medicaid tied to a managed long term care program (MLTC program) is required to be part of Harmony Social Adult Day Care. A MLTC gives the Medicaid member access to services such as social adult day , but it also gives access to persons that need to be institutionalized in a nursing home or some type of skilled nursing facility. A MLTC also gives you access to home health care services (home attendant). This means that everyone who wants to be part of Harmony at 154th must have home care in place already, or have a need for some type of homecare. This has proven to be a huge discouragement for many people this year. Why do I need a home attendant to be part of a center that promotes independence? My answer to that is: change your focal point on the concept of home care. The reason many people opt for home care instead of institutionalization is because they want to remain independent. There is a widespread misconception on home care service. The home attendant is provided for you to keep your independence by being an extra hand at home. The key word is home. I have never met one person in my many years of working with the geriatric population that has told me that they enjoy being in a nursing home over their own home. Let’s look at homecare in a different light, and see that this service is beneficial and essential to the continuum of the recipient’s independence, and plus you get to play pool, and enjoy delicious, and nutritious meals at no out of pocket cost to you.
- What if I don’t want a home attendant; is there a way to still be part of the center?
Yes there is, but because of state regulations it cannot be through Medicaid. We offer great and affordable pricing for you to be part of the center. If you pay privately you will have access to all of our services and get transported door to door by our personal driver. Private pay gives you access to Harmony at 154th street without the home attendant. Call us at 718-585-5440 for more information.
- I don’t have Medicaid, but I do have Medicare can I use Medicare to join?
Unfortunately we do not work with Medicare, but we can help you apply for Medicaid if you haven’t already, or you can take the private pay rates which are affordable. Please visit us at 367 East 154th Street, Bronx, NY 10455 to take a tour of the place and get a free day pass. We can discuss the steps necessary to join us here at Harmony at 154th Street.
Now that we are entering 2015 make it your resolution to stay active and healthy. Harmony at 154th Street can help you achieve that. Call us today!
At Harmony Social Adult Day Home Care in NY, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to limitations, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com.