Doctor holding an elderly persons hands

Helping Those Battling Dementia

In 2017, NorthBay Healthcare’s Adult Day Center continued to fill a void in the community by offering clients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias an opportunity to socialize and participate in stimulating activities and providing their caregivers some respite.

The Adult Day Center is a social model program run by specially trained staff and volunteers and is funded by NorthBay Healthcare with support from the Area on Aging and nominal fees from clients. It is open Monday through Friday, the only full-time program in Solano County, the only full-time program available in Solano County.

The center in 2017 provided 6,690 days of service to its clients, an increase of 1,244 days or 22.8 percent over the prior year. It was the second consecutive year that NorthBay Adult Day Center was able to greatly expand scope and services. Average daily census for 2017 was 34 participants per day with care provided to almost 100 families over the year.

Assuming an average hourly nonmedical caregiver rate of $30, the total cost savings provided to families dealing with Alzheimers disease would be more than $187,320 in 2017. That would not include the costs of lost wages due to staying home to provide care, or associated medical costs related to increased use of medical services.

Team NorthBay, comprising Adult Day Center employees and volunteers, participated in the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimers, held at the Suisun City Waterfront. It was the largest health care contingent in the walk.

The center continued its partnership with Genentech, which had eight employees visit during its “Genentech Gives Back Week” to host a barbecue for clients.

Furthering its mission to provide community education on the disease and its related impact, the day center:

  • Conducted support groups in Rio Vista and Vacaville with an average of 15-20 participants in each
  • Offered additional educational workshops on Alzheimer’s and caregiving, in order to enhance community awareness and offer support to caregivers of others with dementia
  • Sent staff to support outside community awareness events, Area Agency on Agency quarterly meetings, Fairfield Senior Center Conference, and the McBride Senior Health Expo
  • Provided more than 8,100 care service units to participants with dementia under the Area Agency for Aging grant
  • Conducted additional education and community education hours under the Area Agency for Aging grant.