Caring for our kupuna like family

by Brandi Salas

Caring for our kupuna like family

by Brandi Salas



Salvation Army kupuna at kupuna camp

The Salvation Army’s Adult Day Health Services serves more than 60 local seniors each year. Their caring staff of administrators, nurses, social workers, and activity coordinators provide daily care, therapeutic services, social activities, and wellness programs each week.

“Many families come to us in need of someone they can trust to care for their parent while they’re at work,” said administrator Stacy Honma. “Recognizing the high cost in adult day care, we wanted to provide an affordable day care that the typical local family can afford.”

The Salvation Army Adult Day Health Services (ADHS) values socialization and provides an alternative to institutionalized care for seniors suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. “We foster healthy aging for older adults. Our goal is to incorporate our seniors in the community, incorporate social activities and exercise into their daily routine,” said Stacy. “We feel this curriculum will improve or maintain the lives of our participants and encourage them to live life to the fullest.”

ADHS also provides tips and counseling to aid families in need of guidance of caring for their loved ones at home. One woman, Anna Kawamoto, was caring for her mother, Joy, for six months. “I had exhausted all my vacation and leave during that time because I had to take care of my mother, who was diagnosed with dementia,” said Anna. “Once I heard about The Salvation Army’s ADHS program, I called and they guided me through the intake process. They worked with my mother’s geriatric doctor to ensure they give her the right medications each day and determined her abilities to stay active and healthy. They also gave me and my family valuable tips on helping my mom through mood swings and challenging behaviors that come with dementia.”

Anna was soon able to return to work and her mother has become an active participant in cooking class, morning exercise routines, and enjoys listening to live music by volunteer groups.

 

“Our goal is to expose them to all that our community has to offer from the comfort of our secure facility.”


 

The Salvation Army’s ADHS program thanks you for your generosity and enabling them to serve local families in need of daily adult care. “We want to help seniors maintain a good quality of life. Our program relies on volunteers to teach new classes such as Tai Chi or volunteer groups that perform for our seniors,” said Stacy. “Our goal is to expose them to all that our community has to offer from the comfort of our secure facility.”

Thank you for supporting The Salvation Army. It is our responsibility to efficiently provide services for those in our communities who have lost everything. Our ability to serve others is possible because of friends like you.


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