This senior service agency has been around since 1954. It's a private, nonprofit that grew out of a two-year study initiated by community groups studying elder issues. The large facility services up to 60 elders and their families in Union, Morris, Somerset and Essex Counties.
The adult daycare, called Spend a Day, offers services Monday through Friday"”9:30 to 3:30, with extended hours possible, from 8 to 5. The people who do best at this facility are those who have any degree of dementia with other symptoms including depression, limited mobility, cardiac diseases, incontinence"”mostly ambulatory, who function fairly well. The staff is very sensitive to the ebbs and flows of daily life and the uncertainties of dementia"”and caregivers here are given periodic training and education.
Those interested in enrolling in daycare here are rigorously interviewed and assessed to make sure they fit in and get the services they need. Sage is picky about who is allowed in, so those admitted tend to do well.
Participants are bused from home to the facility. Breakfast and lunch are served, monitored by a dietician"”and activities occur all day that are highly structured to keep people mentally stimulated; people appear to be very engaged in the activities.
There is a physical therapy and occupational therapy company with offices onsite. Other professionals, such as podiatrists, are also scheduled to come in periodically.
On staff, there is registered nurse who monitors participants and administers medication and supervises the aides who give hands-on care. There is also a fulltime geriatric social worker for clients and their families.
The one thing I question is the level of family involvement"”for example, some participants who are doing well don't seem to get as much attention from the staff and seem more detached.
Sage also runs in-home services; participants must be 60 or older, but there are no income requirements.
There is also a homecare division including Meals on Wheels that delivers two meals daily; grocery shopping, errand and bill-paying service; a home repair service to deal with emergencies and repair small appliances.
There is also education and support for those who need care and their caregivers"”classes and support groups on various targeted topics.
Finally, there is a resale shop and furniture restoration shop on the premises, staffed by retired workers who charge a minimal fee; all funds go back to Sage.
Many funding sources are accepted, including longterm care insurance, Medicaid, and VA assistance. The rate is determined by individual circumstances.