The Encore Program operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Encore Program staff consists of a team of 4 trained, caring professionals with many years of experience working with older adults and disabled adults. The staff includes a therapeutic recreation specialist, social worker and two program assistants. In addition, the Encore Program contracts with a local home care agency for the services of a registered nurse and a physical therapist.
Benefits to Encore Program Participants and Their Families:
HEALTH AND WELLNESS
A safe and secure environment with well supervised care by experienced staff
Assessment and individual attention to program participants needs
Nutritionally balanced and special diet noon meals as well as healthy morning and afternoon snacks
Ongoing health monitoring including blood pressure checks, weights, etc.
Medication supervision and/or assistance
Assistance with personal cares
Daily exercises, strength training programs and fall prevention activities
Assessments and recommendations by a Physical Therapist as needed
Times to rest and relax each day
Health and wellness educational programs
Indoor and outdoor recreation activities
SOCIALIZATION AND LIFE ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES
Intergenerational activities with students from local schools and children from other local organizations
Attention to individual interests and abilities
Individual activity opportunities and activity choices throughout the day
Memory enhancement activities
Reminiscing and discussion times
A variety of arts and crafts activities
Card games and Bingo
Field trips and community outings
Sing-alongs, special musical entertainers and guest speakers
Patio gardening under the direction of a Master Gardener
Visits from a local librarian
Books on loan from the local library
Computer education, games and activities
Reminiscing activities and discussion groups
Community outings/field trips
Community service projects
Transportation to and from homes in Carver County with lift equipped SmartLink buses (with an additional cost)
Field trips to local schools and community sites and events
Showers (with an additional cost)
Caregiver consultation services and support for caregiving decisions and concerns
Monthly Caregiver Support Group
The Encore Program receives reimbursement through a variety of funding options including private pay arrangements, a sliding fee scale, Medical Assistance Waiver programs, long-term care insurance, the Veterans Administration and the Greater Twin Cities United Way.
For more information and to arrange a visit, call (952) 442-7660.