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.
Our participating families find that their loved ones are happier, healthier, and enjoy life more because of their attendance. Participation gives your loved one a chance to make new friends, try different activities and feel a renewed sense of purpose.
We offer a support group for caregivers, which is open to the public. Information and referrals to community services are offered free of charge as well.
We do not provide drop-in respite care.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Transportation is provided by Paratransit. The service is a door-to-door service with trained drivers and buses equipped to transport individuals in wheel chairs.