Program will soon be moving to Oak Court.

    RiverView Health’s Adult Day Services is one of 179 Minnesota providers of its kind offering individualized services to older adults and people with disabilities. In its 41 years, RiverView’s ADS has helped hundreds of individuals with everyday activities related to health and happiness.

    National Adult Day Services week is Sept. 16-22 and many in our community have reason to celebrate.

    For Crookston’s Charon Knoell, RiverView’s ADS has been a true lifesaver.

    Knoell began with ADS in December 2009. She currently attends five days a week. She doesn’t take any of the services for granted because she knows what life is like without ADS and she doesn’t want to go back to those days again.

    Once a longtime smoker, years ago Knoell broke the ADS/RiverView rules by smoking several times on campus. Because of this, she was asked to leave the program. “I missed those services very much and the friendships that I had formed all the way from the other participants to the staff,’’ she shared.  “I made a decision that Adult Day Services meant more to me than the cigarettes and finally quit smoking. I returned back to ADS to be met with the love and support it took for me to remain tobacco free.”

    It takes a lot of effort and resources to keep the program running smoothly. Crookston’s United Way is a big part of the ADS program’s success. With United Way funds, ADS has been able to offset costs for projects that have enriched the lives of the program’s clients. 

   Knoell said she is thankful for United Way funds that have purchased important tools like the lift recliners she heads for when she feels a migraine coming on all the way down to the rollers the staff put in her hair.

    While recent studies stress the importance of adult day services now and into the future, RiverView Health was ahead of the curve and understood the importance many years ago when RiverView’s ADS was implemented in 1977.

    While there is no doubt the ADS program benefits those who attend, research also proves the benefits of the program help the families and caregivers of those ADS participants. According to recent research, family care providers showed lower stress levels on days when their family members attended adult day services. The study is one of the first to demonstrate that interventions to lower stress on caregivers, such as the use of adult day services, have an effect on the body’s biological responses to stress. These findings suggest that use of adult day services may protect caregivers against the harmful effects of stress associated with giving care to someone with dementia.

    While ADS days are filled with fun activities like sing-a-longs, community outings, baking, special meals, tasting groups, games, arts and crafts, and a variety of other entertaining options, many health-related activities also take place. Daily nutrition is a big part of the program, with participants enjoying a light breakfast, a well-balanced noon meal, and afternoon snack. Time for exercise is also scheduled every day.

    The ADS team is also trained to care for clients with dementia and other disabilities. Each individual has his/her own care plan in place to address all of their health needs.  

       RiverView’s ADS is licensed for 10 full-time individuals. Many of the current ADS participants are part-time, leaving room for more participants to enroll.

    The RiverView program is available Monday - Friday, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. A van with a wheelchair lift provides transportation to and from homes in Crookston, or family members can drop their loved one off at the door with waiting staff.

    RiverView’s ADS program will soon be under a new roof as it moves a few blocks away to Oak Court on Sargent Street. Watch for an open house this fall.

    If you or a family member is interested in the ADS program, contact ADS Director Linda Nephew at 281-9459.