Innovative Solutions: For some caretakers, day care centers that accept adults with dementia bring them relief and support and an intergenerational approach to a growing problem, reports Amber Arnold for the State Journal.
Adult day care can be hard to find for people with dementia in rural Wisconsin, but Friendship Village, a day care center for children in Phillips, about 220 miles north of Madison, started accepting older adults in a separate wing this fall, reports the State Journal.
“Even someone with dementia can blow bubbles, and the kids love it,” said Lori Kiefer, who runs the facility, which brings children and adults together for various activities.
But six of the nine counties in rural, northern Wisconsin where more than 25 percent of residents are 65 and older have no adult day care facilities, according to a state Department of Health Services directory.
Grant, Iowa and Lafayette counties — closer to Madison, in southwestern Wisconsin — also don’t have any centers.
“I wish they had it,” said Margaret Christiansen, 77, of Montfort, about 60 miles west of Madison, who cares for her husband, Jim, 79, who has dementia. “You get caught where you want to do something or go somewhere, and you can’t always get somebody to come.”
Read more about adult day care woes in Wisconsin here