Senior Center FAQ
- What is Naperville Senior Center?
- Who will care for my loved one?
- Does Naperville Senior Center accept people with Alzheimer’s and dementia?
- Who is eligible to attend?
- 4a: Do you have to live in Naperville to attend? Absolutely not.
- What kind of health care do you provide?
- Is the NCS staff trained in CPR?
- Is there a cost to attend the Senior Center?
- Can a participant who uses a walker or a wheelchair attend Naperville Senior Center?
- What types of activities are usually offered at adult day programs?
- If I want to go to the center, do I need to commit to go every day?
- When is the senior center open?
- My father often naps, is that okay in the program?
- Who will help my mother with personal issues, such as toileting?
- Does the center provide respite care for the caregiver?
- Is this just babysitting?
- Does the center have an emergency policy?
- Does the center take drop-ins or someone who is in town visiting for a few days?
- What is a typical day like at NSC?
- Is transportation provided?
1. What is Naperville Senior Center?
Naperville Senior Center (NSC) is dedicated to providing quality care and day service to adults, including those with cognitive and physical challenges. We aspire to improve the functional skills of every Member to promote personal independence and overall well-being.
2. Who will care for my loved one?
Your loved one will be in good hands. The center has at least one staff member for every five participants. NSC’s team includes a Licensed Physical Therapist, Registered Nurses, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Certified Nursing Assistants as well as other staff members and caring volunteers.
3. Does Naperville Senior Center accept people with Alzheimer’s and dementia?
4. Who is eligible to attend?
- Adults with cognitive or physical challenges who need a little help.
- Adults unable to stay home alone.
- Adults unable to drive who desire socialization.
- Adults who may require supervision during the day.
- Participants must be able to transfer with the assistance of no more than one person, and be able to feed themselves
- Absolutely not. Everyone is eligible to attend.
- We have had Members from 24 communities (as of October 15, 2017).
- We have serviced Members from the following 24 Illinois area(s): Aurora, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Carol Stream, Darien, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Glendale Heights, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Montgomery, Naperville, North Aurora, Oak Brook, Oswego, Plainfield, Romeoville, Warrenville, Westmont, Wheaton, Winfield, Woodridge.
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5. What kind of health care do you provide?
Along with our Registered Physical Therapist and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, Naperville Senior Center staff includes a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree who oversees medication administration and monitors the participants’ health status on an ongoing basis. The nurse coordinates care with the family and other service providers and serves as a resource to family caregivers. Our Certified Nursing Assistants assist Members with activities of daily living such as toileting, incontinence care, ambulation, transferring, showering, etc…
6. Is the NSC staff trained in CPR?
Yes, all NSC professional staff are certified in CPR, and many have completed training in emergency first aid as well as the use of AED’s. Our facility is equipped with an AED which is registered with the Naperville Fire Department.
- Naperville Senior Center pricing*: Full day rate is only $125. (That’s less than $12/hour!)
- Half day rate: only $85 for up to five hours; and $20 for each additional 30 minutes in the center.
- Compared to Home Health costs of up to $25 (or more) an hour and NSC is truly a great value.
- Food and beverage is included in this fee for all members: hot noon-time meal and healthy snacks throughout the day.
- Other fees: Shower/shampoo is $20. Haircut/shampoo by appointment with outside contractor. Late pick-up fee is $15 for each portion of 10 minutes late.
- A minimum of two days per week and advance payment are required.
* Effective November 13, 2017.
8. Can a participant who uses a walker or a wheelchair attend Naperville Senior Center?
9. What types of activities are usually offered at adult day programs?
Naperville Senior Center provides fulfilling activities including exercise, education, health, nutrition, recreation, craft projects and community involvement opportunities. A complete list can be found on the “Activities” page on our website.
10. If I want to go to the center, do I need to commit to go every day?
People attending Naperville Senior Center may attend as frequently as they want. We have a minimum requirement of attending two days per week. NSC anticipates about half of our participants to attend all day, five days a week.
11. When is the Senior Center open?
Naperville Senior Center is open Monday through Friday 7:30 am, to 6:00 pm (closed Saturday and Sunday).
The Senior Center will be closed in observance of the following holidays. The specific date for the Center closure is subject to the day of the week upon which the holiday falls:
- New Year’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Eve Day (open 7:30 am to 4:00 pm)
- Christmas Day
12. My father often naps, is that okay in the program?
Often times people need rest periods as they age. Naperville Senior Center services include a ‘quiet room’ with a couch and several Lazy Boy reclining chairs. (We have found our Members can fall asleep for a short nap in any chair they are currently using.)
13. Who will help my mother with personal issues, such as toileting?
Naperville Senior Center’s experienced staff will cue, and if needed, assist your mom with walking, transfers, clothing management and hygiene in the bathroom. It is important to communicate all of your loved one’s needs to the admissions person, including use of garment protection, so we are prepared to meet those needs at the Center.
14. Does the center provide respite care for the caregiver?
Yes, many people bring their family member so that they can have time to attend to urgent business errands, pursue promotion opportunities at work, meet with friends, exercise, relax, or even read a book. Caregivers often need some time for themselves and other family members.
15. Is this just babysitting?
No, the activities are goal-oriented to encourage learning, participation and maximization of existing skills. Each individual is monitored to ensure that he or she is included and enjoying each activity. New participants soon begin to feel a sense of purpose and belonging and look forward to the next time they all meet.
Remember, our professional staff includes a Physical Therapist, a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, a Certified Nursing Assistant and Registered Nurses. Become a member now; when we have a waiting list, our rates are sure to increase.
16. Does the center have an emergency policy?
- Severe weather emergencies
- AEDs, CPR and first aid training
17. Does the center take drop-ins or someone who is in town visiting for a few days?
We recognize that sometimes there is a need for a short-term “drop in” visit in an emergency or for someone visiting from out of town. Medical records and assessments require time to secure, but if the intake packet is completed ahead of time, we will do our best to accommodate short-term-stay Members.
18. What is a typical day like at NSC?
See a sample daily schedule and menu and learn about the available activities.
19. Is transportation provided?
Transportation will be provided if needed and available to your area for an additional modest fee. Transportation Members will need to be able to get into a passenger crossover vehicle with minimal assist. (Wheelchairs can be stored in the back and transported to the Center.)