Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Adult Day Health Care Program
Adult Day Health Care Program (ADHC) is a therapeutic day program for eligible Veterans who live at home but may benefit from a structured day of stimulating activities. The program provides a wide variety of activities through Recreation Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Creative Arts Therapy programming. Nursing staff provide health education, monitoring and treatment.
The primary purpose of the program is to facilitate activities that improve quality of life, function, health, independence and well-being. It also gives the caregiver some respite during the day and offers a monthly caregiver support group. Activities provided by ADHC are chosen with the following goals in mind:
- Cognitive stimulation for increasing concentration, focus, alertness and to increase verbalizations; such as quiz games, trivia and word games, bingo, dice and board games, and musical sessions (“Name That Tune” and “TV Theme Songs”). Occupational Therapy facilitates a daily exercise group and provides resource materials and videos to educate the Veterans on health and wellness topics.
- Physical movement to maintain motor function and strength. We encourage movement using active games such as Toss Play, ladder golf, indoor bowling and horseshoes for large motor skills. For fine motor skills there is our Arts and Crafts sessions that include painting, drawing, leather kits, model kits and coloring poster art. Participating in music therapy sessions by standing or seated dancing and drumming promotes movement as well.
- Social, Emotional & Spiritual support to elevate mood and raise self-esteem by providing opportunities for the Veterans to build friendships with each other. We have various interactive programs and games including birthday parties, celebrations and coffee breaks. We also have discussion groups, educational programs, reminiscing, story-telling, sing-alongs and in-house concerts.
The Veterans are brought to the program via transportation services such as Metro Mobility or by family members. They are picked up after 2 p.m., when the structured programming is over. Most Veterans attend twice a week, with some exceptions, depending on their need and the programs availability.The Adult Day Health Care program strives to enhance the quality of Veterans’ lives through carefully selected programs and activities.
ADHC is located at 6636 Cedar Ave. S., Richfield, MN 55423. Approximately 5 miles west of the VA Medical Center.
If you are interested in learning more about the Adult Day Health Care program, please call us at 612-467-2145.