Services for Aging
A Commitment to Seniors
Influenced by the Baby Boom generation, by the year 2030, the number of people in the United States that are 65 years and older will more than double. Included in this demographic is an increasing number of adults with developmental disabilities (DD) who, in a trend that is new in the aging arena, are experiencing the same life span as the general population due in part to improved medical and other support.
At St. Coletta of Wisconsin, we are actively learning from this first generation of people with DD to experience a normal life span. For example, we already know that experience of aging with DD is unique with onset of secondary disabilities (e.g. dementia, Alzheimer's loss of vision, mobility impairments) occurring at a younger age in particular in individuals with Down syndrome who can be affected as early as age 40.
St. Coletta is focused on our commitment to seniors and the homes that they live in. We have recently built two brand new homes that are fully accessible. These homes allow individuals to age in place and so they never have to live in a nursing home. Creating fully accessible homes is a main priority and we have a number of accessible home improvement projects going on at any given time.
St. Coletta's programs for seniors provide an all encompassing, caring environment that fosters companionship and independence. These programs are enhanced by the availability of a wide-range of support services available through the organization including but not limited to: video assessment, transportation, health services and a range of therapies as required by each person.
Padua Heights is a living option for older adults who desire a place to live that can provide individualized attention, an atmosphere of care and a strong focus on dignity and quality of life. This fully accessible home is located in a quiet neighborhood. Individualized services are based on each personÕs unique needs, and include 24-hour staffing, home-cooked menus prepared under the guidance of a registered dietitian, nursing support, stimulating activities, and spiritual support.
Golden Options Adult Day Care
Golden Options is a State Certified Adult Day Facility providing services for adults ages 18 and older. Golden Options supports people who are living in the community but who may have a functional impairment requiring assistance. Persons are provided with activities for mental, physical, and social stimulation. Daily activities are planned to fully engage participants in spending their daytime hours productively. Activities include: community outings, inter-generational events, and recreational and spiritual activities. At Golden Options the staff strives to create a warm and welcoming environment where each participant is encouraged to share his/her special gifts with the group.
- Accessible community-based homes that enable clients to age in place to the fullest extent possible.
- Golden Options Adult Day Program
- Padua Heights (CBRF)
- Assessments to detect age-related declines for all clients beginning at age 40. Video integration is used to provide a visual reference point
- Coordination with Forth Health Care (Jefferson , Wisconsin based programs) and local hospice providers.
- Bereavement and end of life support in coordination with the pastoral ministry team, local clergy and hospice.
- Specialized staff training in age-related subject matter.