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Program Information

How is Old Friends Club different from other Adult Day programs?


The Clubs are about friendship. Here's how it works:

  • Each person is a Member of the Club, valued, respected and appreciated
  • The Clubs are small, 10-12 Members on any given day
  • We meet in comfortable, familiar settings (e.g. fellowship halls)
  • We stick together -- letting each person shine and share their strengths with others
For more information, check out our blog post: What makes Old Friends Club different from any other Adult Day program?





Member Participation

What's a typical day at the club?


Our program coordinators maintain an active and supportive atmosphere that is customized to those who attend their specific Club. In general, a typical day may look something like this:

Morning

  • Arrival & greetings: coffee/tea/cocoa, sharing time

  • Brain focused activities: Crafts, games, puzzles, trivia/reminiscing

  • Movement activities: range of motion, dancing, taking a walk, etc.

Lunch - sometimes includes helping prepare food too. like chopping fruit or making cookies.

Afternoon

  • Physical activities: bowling, ping-pong basketball, balloon ball, other sports variations

  • Winding down (last 30-45 min): Board games, table games, card games, etc.

Along with our regular activities, we may have special volunteer guests who come to provide music, storytelling, or other special programs.

You can learn more at our blog:

What can members expect on a typical day at the Old Friends Club?

Also you may enjoy this story of a volunteer who performs music at OFC:

Wisdom From the Depths of Dementia




Do you have any formal exercise program?


Our daily activities include activities that ensures members get up and move within their abilities. So while we do not have a formal exercise program our program coordinators do something each day that ensures getting up and moving is part of the program's activities. You can learn more at our blog: What can members expect on a typical day at the Old Friends Club?




My loved one doesn't do "" (crafts, drawing, cards, games, etc.)… is doing crafts and play games all you do?


We actively engage our members with many activities throughout a given day and a large part of each day does include doing crafts and playing games. With our small group sizes, we are able to individualize activities to meet varied interests and ability levels. We have found that while an individual may not show any interest in an activity at home, they may join into the activity with the group--and find enjoyment doing it. This focus on smaller groups and individual needs enables social engagement and group encouragement that contributes to individual's willingness to participate in the numerous program activities. You can learn more at our blog: What can members expect on a typical day at the Old Friends Club?





Program Logistics

Can I stay and volunteer?


While it is wonderful that you would like to stay and help, the program is designed to not only provide social activities for the member, but to provide respite, or a break, for the caregiver. When was the last time you had a few hours to sit quietly with a cup of tea and read a book? Or had a relaxing lunch with your friends? Or went shopping or to see a movie without interruption? While your loved one is safe and enjoying his/her day, you can be doing the same.




Do they need to bring a lunch?


Unless your loved one has special dietary needs, lunch is provided at the program. Although we do not cater to specific diets, we try to be aware of each members health restrictions when planning meals. If there are specific dietary needs, families have the option to provide special lunches for their loved ones.

(The Carnation program currently purchases meals from the Sno-Valley Senior Center).




Can they go for less than the 5 hours?


We recommend that the member attend for the full day to get the most out of the program, but we do understand if the member comes a bit late or, occasionally leaves early.

Because it is a social program, the members benefit from being involved and engaged with each other and participating in the activities. It is difficult for a member to come in late and try to join an ongoing activity or leave just when they are engaged in an activity that is interesting and fun.

The 5 hours are also designed to give the caregiver enough time to do things they need or want to do without having to feel rushed or stressed—which is precisely what we are trying to avoid.




Can they go just 1 day a week or drop in anytime?


To really benefit from the program, to make the social connections, to develop friendships, and to stay engaged and involved, it is recommended that the member attend at least 2 days a week. Attending on a consistent basis for at least 2 days each week allows the new member to adjust and feel comfortable at the program much sooner, decreasing their anxiety level and increasing the level of their participation.

We are not able to support a drop-in program as our Program Coordinators create the Activity Calendar, plan lunches, and schedule volunteers according to the number of members expected to attend.




Will you provide transportation?


While we do not have our own private transportation service, Access, through King County Metro, is available for all programs. Additionally, transportation is currently available at the Carnation program through the Hyde Shuttle or Snoqualmie Valley Transportation.

Although nothing is currenly planned, we are looking into other transportation options to Kirkland, Sammamish, and Bellevue.





Demographics

How many people attend and what is the average age?


Program attendance varies but our programs have the advantage of being small, intimate, and not overwhelming--usually no more than 10-12 at the most on any given day. This allows the program coordinators to plan activities according to members interests and level of cognitive ability. People from their mid-50's to their late-90's have attended the Clubs. Age doesn't seem to matter much -- we all think we're in our 40's anyway. See this and similar questions in our blog post "Members make us who we are, so who attends Old Friends Club?"




My loved one needs some assistance (in the bathroom / with mobility / with balance) --is that okay?


Most members are independent with only minimal assistance with their ADL's (activities of daily living). Each Club has a Program Assistant on staff who is experienced with helping with personal needs while preserving dignity. This helps people continue to attend the Club even as conditions progress as long as they can engage socially. We can assist a member in the bathroom as long as they are able to assist with any transferring and able to bear weight. We can offer support, direction, cueing, some hygiene assistance, and help with clothing. Over half need some assistance in the restroom and around 1/3 require assistance with ambulation or balance. See this and similar questions in our blog post "Members make us who we are, so who attends Old Friends Club?"




How do you handle medications?


If the member requires a medication to be taken during program hours, the member must be able to self-administer the medication. Staff is able to remind and give verbal cues but are not able to physically touch the medication at any time. Most often, families will adjust the time frame and give the medication prior and/or after the program hours if possible. See this and similar questions in our blog post " Members make us who we are, so who attends Old Friends Club?"




How can I refer someone?


Feel free to give Susanne Rossi, our Director of Programming and Caregiver Support, a call at 425-681-9776 ext. 1 Professional referrals, from other agencies, can use the Old Friends Club Referral Form. See this and similar questions in our blog post " Members make us who we are, so who attends Old Friends Club?"





Cost & Insurance

What does it cost?


We offer two options: $550/month for 2 days/week $725/month for 3 days/week The cost averages less than $14/hour which is less than half the cost of the same hours of in-home care which can be between $30-$35/hour locally (2019). We bill at the beginning of each month for the days scheduled to attend. Find out more about cost and insurance in our blog on this topic: " What will attending Old Friends Club Cost and will insurance cover it?" Feel free to email us anytime at Welcome@OldFriendsClub.org with questions.




Do you take Long Term Care insurance?


Long Term Care Insurance (LTCI) can be used with Old Friends Club. If that is something you are considering let us know. Working with LTCI can take longer than expected and so getting started with that process early important. Generally, LTCI's require an "elimination" period during which you, the insured, will need to pay for a certain number of days before the benefits take over. We will work with the LTCI carrier to:

  • make sure Old Friends Club is registered as a provider with them
  • provide the LTCI with a Plan of Care for the Member
  • send a list of dates of attendance
Once the elimination period is satisfied and all the documentation have been confirmed, the family will still pay invoices directly to Old Friends Club and submit the invoices to the LTC Insurance company for reimbursement. If you'd like to find out more about how to start Old Friends Club with LTCI coverage, please email us at Welcome@OldFriendsClub.org. For more about cost and insurance, read our blog on this topic: "What will attending Old Friends Club Cost and will insurance cover it?"




Does Medicare or Medicaid pay for this?


Medicare does not pay for this kind of care at this time. We encourage you to tell your congresspersons how beneficial and cost-effective programs like ours are and request that they support changes to allow Medicare coverage. While it is possible for Medicaid to supplement this type of care, we have chosen not to pursue those contracts at this time. The reimbursement is quite low and the paperwork burden is so high that it doesn’t make sense for us yet. But we believe cost should not be a barrier to using our service. Please contact us and we can work within your means to join Old Friends Club. We have not turned anyone away. It is that important for you and your loved one, and we want to help. For more about cost and insurance, read our blog on this topic: " What will attending Old Friends Club Cost and will insurance cover it?" Feel free to email us anytime at Welcome@OldFriendsClub.org with questions.




How is OFC funded?


Funds generally come from three primary sources in these proportions: 70% - Old Friends Club membership program fess 15% - Grants 15% - Individual donations We understand that healthcare costs are high and many of our members are paying other medical bills, so we have tried to balance affordability for families with the sustainability of the organization. The Club provides so many benefits we feel it's important to ensure families can join OFC regardless of their financial means. For more about cost and insurance, read our blog on this topic: " What will attending Old Friends Club Cost and will insurance cover it?" Feel free to email us anytime at Welcome@OldFriendsClub.org with questions.





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P.O. Box 2472, Kirkland, WA 98083

welcome@oldfriendsclub.org 

Tel: 425.681.9776

Old Friends Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, EIN 47-4792158

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