Rural Colorado Adult Day Care Center Overcomes Odds

Partners in Caregiving: The Dementia Services Program

From 1994 to 1996, staff at Seniors' Resource Center (SRC), a human services agency in Colorado, opened two satellite adult day programs to attract new clients: one in South Jefferson County (Lakewood, Colo.), and another serving the rural/mountain communities around Evergreen, Colo.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Partners in Caregiving: The Dementia Services Program national program.

Key Results

  • The South Jefferson County site opened in February 1994 and exceeded its projected enrollment in part by accepting 12 existing clients from another SCR adult day program, for whom the Lakewood site was closer to home.

  • The Evergreen site failed to meet its enrollment objectives. However, rather than fold the operation, SRC redirected staff resources toward cultivation of a network of support services for rural clients that included:

    • Short-term overnight care.
    • In-home personal care and homemaker assistance.
    • Information and referral concerning part-time jobs for caregivers.

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