WOMAN: ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE IS
A PLACE WHERE OUR VETERANS COME   FROM, OH, FROM ABOUT
9:00 TO 3:00,   USUALLY 2 DAYS A WEEK.   WE DO A LOT OF MUSIC, AND THEN
WE DO SOME CURRENT EVENTS,   FOLLOWED BY A GROUP EXERCISE.   OUR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
LEADS THE WHOLE GROUP
IN SOME EXERCISES.   WOMAN: AND ONE LAST TIME. WE’RE
GONNA PUSH IT RIGHT BACK OUT.   MAN: ENERGY.   SUZANNE: THEN WE HAVE A HOT
LUNCH BROUGHT IN EVERY DAY,   AND THAT MIGHT BE THE ONLY
HOT MEAL THAT THEY HAVE,   IF THEY’RE SOMEONE
WHO LIVES ALONE.   WE DO OUTINGS. WE DO
COGNITIVE ACTIVITIES   TO HELP STIMULATE
THEIR THINKING.   WE DANCE, WE SING,
AND WE DO A LOT OF LAUGHING.   IT’S A FUN PLACE FOR THEM
TO COME AND SPEND THE DAY.   WOMAN: I GET TO GIVE
YOU GUYS COLD WATER.   DRINK A LITTLE WATER FOR ME.   GARY: WE ARE ABLE TO
ESSENTIALLY GIVE THE
CAREGIVER A MINI-RESPITE   ON A REGULAR SCHEDULED BASIS.   THE BURDEN OF TAKING CARE
OF VETERANS WHO HAVE
DIFFICULTY OR CHALLENGES   CAN BE A REAL STRAIN
ON THE CAREGIVER.   IF WE ALLOW THAT TO CONTINUE,   WHAT’S GONNA HAPPEN IS,
THE CAREGIVER   IS GOING TO THROW UP THEIR
HANDS AND SAY IT’S TIME   TO MOVE THE VETERAN
TO A NURSING HOME.   WOMAN: SOMETIMES THEY DON’T
HAVE PEOPLE TO TALK TO AT HOME.   SOME OF THESE GUYS LIVE ALONE.   SOME OF THEM DO HAVE
FAMILY MEMBERS.   SOME OF THEM LIVE
IN ASSISTED LIVING.   SO, TO HAVE THIS ENVIRONMENT
WHERE PEOPLE KNOW THEM   AND KNOW THEM WELL AND WE
ALSO KNOW THEIR HISTORY   AND THEIR SERVICE…   WHEN THEY SEE GUYS THAT
HAVE BEEN IN THE NAVY
AND THEY WERE IN THE NAVY,   THEY JUST FEEL COMFORTABLE.   HOW MANY PEOPLE SERVED
ON AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER?   YOU NAVY GUYS.   SUZANNE: ANY VETERAN WHO IS
ENROLLED IN OUR VA SYSTEM   AND HAS PRIMARY CARE
AT THE VA   CAN COME TO THE
ADULT DAY PROGRAM.   VETERANS THAT ATTEND
ADULT DAY CARE   ARE FOLKS WITH PHYSICAL
DISABILITIES,   WE HAVE STROKE PATIENTS,   PATIENTS WHO’VE HAD
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES.   WE HAVE VETERANS WITH
ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE,   OTHER COGNITIVE DEFICITS,
FROM MILD TO SEVERE.   SO, THESE ARE PATIENTS
THAT WE KEEP SAFE
IN OUR ENVIRONMENT   AND A CAREGIVER CAN REST EASY
KNOWING THAT WE’RE TAKING
CARE OF THEM.   MAN: THROUGH THE VA,
I HEARD ABOUT IT   AND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE
A GOOD IDEA TO SEE WHAT
IT WAS ABOUT.   AND MY WIFE WAS REALLY HAPPY
TO HAVE ME DO SOMETHING   BESIDES SIT AROUND
THE HOUSE AND DO NOTHING.   AND SHE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE
A GOOD IDEA, SO HERE I AM.   MAN: I CAN GET OUT OF MY HOUSE.
THAT ALONE IS GREAT.   TO HAVE THIS PROGRAM HERE,
MY FAMILY DOESN’T
HAVE TO BE INVOLVED.   THEY HAVE THINGS
TO KEEP ME BUSY HERE.   AND IT’S A GREAT PLACE
TO DO SOMETHING.   I REALLY FEEL LIKE THIS IS
PART OF WHAT CREATES
MEANING IN THEIR LIVES.   YOU KNOW, THE PEOPLE THE STAFF
THAT THEY MEET HERE.   AND I’D RECOMMEND IT
TO ANYBODY ELSE WHO WOULD
ASK ME WHAT I THOUGHT OF IT.   I’D SAY IF YOU CAN
GET IN, DO IT.   THE FEELING HERE IS GREAT.   AND IT’S WORTH EVERY MINUTE
THAT YOU SPEND HERE.