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?
- 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 special needs and disabilities. 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 six participants. NSC’s team includes a Licensed Physical Therapist, a Registered Nurse, and a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, 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 who 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
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, etc.
6. Is the NSC staff trained in CPR?
Yes, all NSC professional staff are certified in CPR, and all have completed training in emergency first aid as well as the use of AED’s.
- Naperville Senior Center pricing: Full day rate is only $105. (That’s only $10/hour!)
- Half day rate: only $75 for up to five hours; and $10 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.
* A minimum of two days per week is required.
8. Can a participant who uses a walker or a wheelchair attend Naperville Seni
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 7:30 am, to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
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
- Good Friday (open 7:30 am to 12:30 pm)
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day After Thanksgiving
- Christmas Eve Day (open 7:30 am to 12:30 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 welcome short-term 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 van with minimal assist. (Wheelchairs can be stored in the back of the van and transported to the Center.)