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Medical Adult Day Center: Hanna's Story

In Good Hands: Hanna's Warm Welcome to the Medical Adult Day Center Brings Tears to her Daughters' Eyes

Hanna GreenHanna Green, of Silver Spring, is a strong and independent woman. But at age 88, she and her caregivers - daughters Regina, Helene and Camille - were looking for ways for Hanna to form new friendships, develop new interests, refresh old skills and just have fun. They found the perfect place at the Holy Cross Hospital Medical Adult Day Center.

One of the primary goals for seniors at the Medical Adult Day Center is socializing. "It is important not to be lonely, and I enjoy socializing with the staff and other participants," Hanna says. "I come to this beautiful place three times a week. I feel very happy here, and I enjoy the activities."

The Medical Adult Day Center allows seniors and medically disabled adults to maintain the independence of living at home while providing them with the opportunity during the day to enjoy a structured, activity-focused program.

"Staffed with caring professionals, our dynamic program of educational, cultural and supportive activities provides participants with opportunities to learn and grow," says Tammy Duell, director, Medical Adult Day Center.

Participants discuss current events and learn about each other's lives. Hanna has shared her experience as a Holocaust survivor with the group.

"I am the only one of my ten siblings and large extended family to survive," Hanna says. "It is important for people to know."

Respite for Families
"My three wonderful daughters take very good care of me," Hanna says. But Regina, Helene and Camille also face other daily commitments.

The sisters take comfort in knowing that their mother is in a tight-knit community atmosphere that celebrates and acknowledges each participant's unique skills and contributions to the group.

"The way they welcomed my mother to the group brings tears to my eyes," Helene says. "And knowing that she is in good hands throughout the day is tremendously helpful to me and my sisters."

Onsite Nursing Care
At the center, participants enjoy daily activities with confidence because a registered nurse is available to meet their health needs. "The nurse gives my mother her medication and even informs me ahead of time when the medication is running low," Helene says.

The Medical Adult Day Center's registered nurse can:

  • Administer medications
  • Monitor blood pressure and other vital signs
  • Monitor weight and diet
  • Arrange laboratory and podiatry services
  • Facilitate onsite structured therapies
  • Review individual health needs
  • Offer health counseling

Who We Serve
The Medical Adult Day Center welcomes seniors and other adults with medical or cognitive issues to join the program. The center serves seniors and other adults recovering from or coping with conditions including stroke, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, depression, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer, and diabetes.

Try Us Out For Free
Spend two days at the Medical Adult Day Center at no charge. this trial period gives potential participants and caregivers a chance to meet with staff and other participants and to see what the center offers. Reduced rates and scholarships may be available for qualifying participants.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call 301-754-7150.

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