PLATTSBURGH — In the past month, employees dressed like clowns, clients danced and miniature donkeys roamed the floors at Hassett Adult Day Services.
On March 26, Hassett members and their loved ones enjoyed a circus day with a carnival alley full of games, miniature donkeys, popcorn, hotdogs, a sack race and more.
“Each month we have a themed event for our members,” said Yvonne Inman, licensed practical nurse and director of the Hassett Adult Day Services at Evergreen Valley Nursing Home.
The mission for the Adult Day Service is to give their clients more time to stay at home with their families before placement becomes the only option. For adults who live with working family members, the day service is a place to be taken care of until that loved one is off from work.
The circus-themed event didn’t get in the way of medical services. The participants who were scheduled for appointments went to them and those who needed to take their medication were assisted.
“Some members couldn’t take part in the sack race but they were able to choose a staff member to take their place,” Inman said.
The Hassett Adult Day Services has activities that accommodate clients with different conditions. There are busy boards available to dementia and Alzheimer’s patients in the hopes of triggering a memory, according to Inman.
This week, there was an Easter party with a DJ, during which clients socialized, ate some food and moved ligaments that were once difficult to move.
“Larry Garrow is a registrant who can barely walk, but when he heard a song, he got up and started dancing,” Inman said.
The benefits of the day service program don’t stop at monthly events. The nurses of the department assist clients with baths and grooming. Inman makes the hair appointments for the clients as well, whether it’s a trim or a hair wash.
Hassett also provides a healthy eating practice for their members. There is a nutritionist that helps them create a diet suitable for their conditions. For diabetics, it is an important service for them, according to Inman.
“I don’t think a lot of people know about our program.”
Hassett Adult Day Services is a Medicaid funded program for adults who need assistance taking care of themselves. The nurses who work in the facility handle the medical and social aspects of their registrants.
The events hosted allow their participants to try things they haven’t done in a while. It’s also an outlet for them to be independent.
“I think it’s a great choice for people in the community,” Inman said.