Hours of Operation
The Encore Program operates from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday except on County Holidays.
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Encore Community Caregiver Support Group
Encore Adult Day Services provides a monthly support group to address the issues caregivers face because their loved ones have health concerns, including memory loss. This is a great opportunity to meet and talk with other caregivers and Encore staff to gain insight, resources and support! The group meets from 5-6 p.m. the second Monday of every month (except December) at the Encore Adult Day Services Program, 609 W. First St., Waconia. For more information, call (952) 442-7660.
The Encore Program staff consists of a team of four trained, caring professionals with many years of experience working with older adults and disabled adults. The staff includes a therapeutic recreation specialist, a 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
- Book club
- 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.
Links of Interest
- Senior Linkage Line
- Minnesota Help.Info
- The Minnesota Adult Day Services Association
- Alzheimer's Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter
- Family Cargiver Alliance
- Strength for Caring
What Other Say About Encore
- The Encore Program has been a lifesaver for my father and gave my mother a break.
- I like the way that the staff interact with the Program participants. The overall positive atmosphere and respect for each participant is so appreciated.
- I have developed friendships in the Program. It is always nice to come and see my friends and to catch up on their news.
- It helps me to see my mother having so much fun in the Program, and I know that when I drop her off there that she will be safe.
- Staff members at the Encore Program are well trained, alert, and quick to respond to health issues and concerns.
- The Encore Program helps me through the long days of life.