My family member never was one to participate in a lot of group activities. How will I get him/her to attend? What do I do when my loved one says they are just fine at home alone and don’t need day care?

It is not uncommon to see some reluctance to attending social day programs at first. After a few days, routine is established and the program becomes something not to be missed. It becomes a reason to get up in the morning; something to which we can look forward. Even people who were never particularly interested in group activities almost always adjust to the daily routines and benefit from the stimulation and opportunities for socialization. Being home alone can lead to boredom, loneliness, depression, and more health complaints.

Who will care for my loved one?

Your loved one will be in good hands. The centers have at least one staff member for every five participants. The specially trained staff at Institute on Aging’s Social Day Program have the skills needed to support participants with activities of daily living.

What types of activities are offered?

Programs are designed to promote stimulation and socialization for participants. We utilize the very best in engagement methodologies that include creativity, brain fitness, physical exercise, and reminiscing. A typical day includes coffee and socialization time during the morning and afternoon along with a variety of programs, activities, and exercise. We provide a nutritious lunch in a social dining experience. Meals accommodate special diets.

How do I apply?

Just call to schedule an appointment for a tour and/or trial visit: 415-750-4111. During your visit, you will be guided through the enrollment process.

What types of insurance pay for services?

Most long-term care insurance policies cover social day programs; check your policy for specific information. Your loved one may also be entitled to VA Aid & Attendance benefits if he/she meets certain veteran qualifications.

Is a physician’s referral required?

No. Although many physicians recommend our program, a doctor’s referral is not necessary. However, a physician-completed statement about your loved one’s medical condition is required prior to the first day of attendance. This includes a TB test.