Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

April 24, 2014

Adult Day Care

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

Recently I watched as parents arrived at a day care center for their children.  A mother was assisting a small child from the rear seat and then walking the daughter to the door of the day care facility.

I had to move on with the traffic, but it is a familiar scene.  Several churches we have served provided such care for small children so that both parents, or the single parent, could be employed.  I appreciate such facilities and the workers that care so protectively for the children.

But what about that aged parent that lives with their adult children?  The parent is unable to be left totally alone all day.  There are safety issues, as well as needing to take medications on schedule.  What is a couple to do in caring for a parent when both need to work outside the home?

I have been involved in an adult care program that met such a need.  Many years ago we  served a church in Miami.  We purchased a motel next to our property.  We would use it for educational purposes, but discovered that a larger part of the motel, with some renovations, could serve as an adult day care area.

With the cooperation of several agencies, an adult day care program was launched.  County services would provide transportation, if needed, although many adult children would bring their parent to the facility.

Lunches, as well as snacks, were provided.  Caring workers were employed, as well as using volunteers.  Activities were provided, as well as medications given on schedule. A county nurse would stop for a visit each day.

Many senior adults became more active than they had been in years.  The socialization in contrast to isolation, activities and  crafts in contrast to sitting all day watching television or sleeping, and the sense of security provided by workers contributed to changes mentally and physically.  We heard so many of the adult children express such, with much appreciation.

We also had opportunity to share spiritual thoughts during the days.  Our church saw this as a unique opportunity to share the compassion of our Christ.  The  majority of those served had no connection with our church.  It was always a joy to see the kindness and appreciation from those elderly people who again felt they were important to others outside their family.

I will always be grateful for memories of those days.  I am sure there are many such facilities around today . . . at least I hope so!  It is a great idea!  Who knows . . . this blog just may get a church or group interested in such a loving ministry!

Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”  Matthew 25:40.



  1. What a beautiful service to families.

    Comment by Harriett Weicht — April 24, 2014 @ 2:29 pm | Reply

  2. One of my favorite verses and new information to me. I had not heard you speak of the adult care ya’ll were involved in. What an awesome opportunity to give, perhaps last chance to accept the Lord for many of these folks. I so enjoy your blogs Pastor Jolly.

    Comment by drswht28 — July 1, 2014 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

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