The Open Arms Day Club promotes the quality of life and independence for older, frail adults through health, social and supportive services. We work with health professionals, families, volunteers, churches, civic organizations and businesses that want elders to age positively, safely, with dignity. We help caregivers keep their loved ones at home as long as possible, to delay or prevent placement in a nursing home or assisted living facility. We enable families to afford our services by coordinating use of federal, state and county programs.
Many of our members have some level of memory impairment or Alzheimer's; others have physical challenges such as Parkinson's, diabetes, osteoporosis, COPD, etc. Some are just isolated and lonely when their caregivers work all day. Activities include: Music, laughter, stories, games, movies, seated exercise, brain gym, nutritious meals, walks in the park, ceramics, painting, poetry, woodworking, health checks, bread baking, bowling, pet and art therapy, balloon volleyball, and BINGO! Our members enjoy the variety, or they can choose read or relax. Compare the cost of our DAY CLUB to a nursing home or assisted living. Even add the cost of some home health services if needed, and you would invest only 25% - 40% of the cost of a nursing home AND have your loved one home every night!
Transportation: The Hunterdon County LINK vans and our own Open Arms van can provide transportation. Many member families provide their own transportation, coordinating that with their work schedules. On a case-by-case basis, our aides can transport a Home Health client to or from the Day Club, if the caregiver’s schedule or the LINK schedule prevent those modes of transportation. Whenever necessary, our aides and program managers assist families with the coordination of transportation from all available sources.